"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" as written by and David Bowie....
Solemn faced
The village settles down
Undetected by the stars
And the hangman plays the mandolin before he goes to sleep
And the last thing on his mind
Is the Wild Eyed Boy imprisoned
'Neath the covered wooden shaft
Folds the rope
Into its bag
Blows his pipe of smolders
Blankets smoke into the room
And the day will end for some
As the night begins for one

Staring through the message in his eyes
Lies a solitary son
From the mountain called Freecloud
Where the eagle dare not fly
And the patience in his sigh
Gives no indication
For the townsmen to decide
So the village Dreadful yawns
Pronouncing gross diversion
As the label for the dog
Oh "It's the madness in his eyes"
As he breaks the night to cry:

"It's really me
Really you
And really me
It's so hard for us to really be
Really you
And really me
You'll lose me though I'm always
Really free"

And the mountain moved its eyes
To the world of realize
Where the snow had saved a place
For the wild eyed boy
From Freecloud

And the village Dreadful cried
As the rope began to rise
For the smile stayed on the face
Of the wild eyed boy
From Freecloud
And the women once proud
Clutched the heart of the crowd
As the boulders smashed down from the mountain's hand

And the magic in the stare
Of the wild eyed boy said
"Stop, Freecloud
They won't think to cut me down"
But the cottages fell
Like a playing card hell
And the tears on the face
Of the wise boy
Came tumbling down
To the rumbling ground
And the missionary mystic of peace/love
Stumbled to cry among the clouds
Kicking back the pebbles
From the Freecloud mountain

Lyrics submitted by softasfire, edited by ocrow

"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentThis song is folk tale in mid-telling, magical and mystical, the scenes of the story folded one on top of another.

    The villagers have imprisoned a wild-eyed boy from the mountain. He appears to them as other, outsider, stranger. And he is strange, though not crazy. He brings a message of peace with nature, which the villagers, being wrapped up in their own lives, cannot understand. He cannot explain to them, what they will not understand, and so he patiently waits. They write him off, thinking him insane, a dog, a distraction, and a nuisance.

    The villagers go to sleep, solemn, having passed judgement. They turn him over to the hangman, usher of passage between life and death, who filling his room with smoke, shows as he falls asleep that a transformation is coming. The boy lies awake, his ordeal upon him.

    The boy now breaks the night, waking the village from slumber, with his call, a desperate plea to get them to understand: We have touched one another. You must accept me as I am, wild and free, for this is the real me. It's really me! It's really you and really me! If you cannot accept me as I am, you will lose me! (friend, lover, family)

    And with that cry the spirit of the mountain, Freecloud, wakes up and turns upon the village. The rope, symbol of binding people together as well as of separating body from spirit, rises up proclaiming the unjust sentence against the boy. The mountain moved by this injustice brings catastrophe down on the villagers. An avalanche of boulders crushes and destroys the village. The boy begs the mountain to stop the onslaught. The villagers wouldn't kill me, he says. But, it is too late.

    The message in the boy's eyes was of peace and love, not a love of accommodation and compromise, but one of fierce independence. He was misunderstood by the villagers, who couldn't accept that he could be completely free, and also by the mountain, which couldn't accept injustice against one of it's own. And at that the beautiful prophet can only weep.
    ocrowon February 09, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely my favorite Bowie song. When he sings "really you and really me" it's just amazing.
    Solid Snakeon November 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy has no one comented on this song? Its amazing!!
    It tells a great story to a great tune. Its sad, but amazing!
    Anoeon June 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song, even if the production is kinda crappy.
    Anilandon October 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an amazing song. The music itself nearly allows you to understand the song more than the lyrics themselves. This is what I can figure out about this song:

    First Verse:
    This sets up the basis of the song. There is a small village, and there is a "wild eyed boy" imprissoned awaiting hanging.

    Second verse:
    The boy had come with a message. The villagers, however, do not understand and fear the boy as he is from freecloud, a mysterious mountain.

    Central section:
    I have a feeling that the key to understanding the song lies here, however I can't quite understand what the meaning in this section is.

    In the next section, we see now the powerfull people of freecloud now notice the peril that the boy is in.

    Meanwhile, as the boy is about to be hung, the town becomes paniced as he does not seem to be afraid and appears to have a plan.

    Next, the people of freecloud save the boy, but, despite his cries, they destroy the village in the process.

    The boy returns home saddened that he could not save the people of the village
    malec2bon April 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. In a way it says how people can't take something they don't understand , like the wild eyed boy, so they kill it?
    BijouHitmanon November 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with BijouHitman.

    watchitlugnutson June 16, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIt symbolizes mankind's relationship with Nature.
    jkdfiston February 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah why not so many comments... It's at least as good as the Laughing Gnome. :P
    Tricky1979on December 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really think this song is Bowie's response to "The Fool on the Hill" by the Beatles. The musical compositions are really similar & they express the same kind of idea.
    airsoul87on October 18, 2017   Link

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