"China Girl" as written by and Iggy Pop David Bowie....
I couldn't escape this feeling
With my China Girl
I'm just a wreck without
My little China Girl
I'd hear her heart beating
Loud as thunder
Saw the stars crashing

I'm a mess without
My China Girl
Wake up mornings, there's
No China Girl
I'd hear hearts beating
Loud as thunder
I'd see stars crashing down

I'd feel tragic, like I
Was Marlon Brando
When I'd look at my China Girl
I could pretend that nothing
Really meant too much
When I'd look at my China Girl

I'd stumble into town
Just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
And plans for everyone
It's in the white of my eyes

My little China Girl
You shouldn't mess with me
I'll ruin everything you are
I'll give you television
I'll give you eyes of blue
I'll give you men who want to rule the world

And when I get excited
My little China Girl says
"Oh Jimmy, just you shut your mouth"
She says "shhhh..."


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"China Girl" as written by James Osterberg David Bowie

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  • +1
    General CommentI love how it starts as just another bowie imitation track and at about 2:00 he just starts screaming his head off like he's in the stooges again
    RobotHouseon September 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIggy Pop & David Bowie wrote this while they were recording with in France. They were recording in the same place as the French artist Jacques Higelin, and Iggy became smitten with his wife, who is Vietnamese. He confessed his love for her and she rebuked him. The song is a pretty good summary of falling for someone and not having them reciprocate; the feelings go from tender and loving to angry and frustrated. He sounds so hurt and dejected by the last line of the song... awesome recording.
    tristan_son August 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmust be my favourite song ever. can't believe no one commented on it. so superior to bowie's version, the vocals are unbelievable
    PiKueloon February 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs.
    Somaliveon April 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this version is really beautiful and sounds very rich. I like it a lot better than Bowie's version, although I think Bowie's version is easier to understand. This is so glam, I love it.
    aubreymcfateon March 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just love iggy's voice so much, i can't explain it. it's really fucking amazing. so cool, so beautiful, and yet at times so wild and primal. he's a musical god.
    i love both his and bowie's version, as i'm a huge bowie fan. they wrote the song together though and i think its fitting that they both had a shot at it.
    lukeyboy3on July 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentread the book. Open up and Bleed: Iggy Pop.
    i just finished it. they talk about the inspiration behind it.
    Dustin_Moritzon August 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first portion of the lyrics has minor inaccuracies..

    here's the correct lyrics:

    "I couldn't escape this feeling
    With my China Girl
    I'm just a wreck without
    My little China Girl
    I'd hear her heart beating
    Loud as thunder
    Saw the stars crashing"
    smashingyngmanon July 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionBetter than the bowie version IMHO. Iggy's voice feels more vulnerable and desperate, which Bowie is trying to be sensual in a kind of gross over the top kind of way.
    j1eron November 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSwastika? What is it with Bowie and Iggy when it comes to Nazis?
    VGoldmineWildeon August 14, 2010   Link

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