There is a happy land where only children live
They don't have the time to learn the ways
Of you sir, Mr. Grownup

There's a special place in the rhubarb fields underneath the leaves
It's a secret place and adults aren't allowed there, Mr. Grownup
Go away, sir

Charlie Brown got's half a crown, he's gonna buy a kite
Jimmy's ill with chicken pox, and Tommy's learned to ride his bike
Tiny Tim sings prayers and hymns, he's so small we don't notice him
He gets in the way but we always let him play with us

Mother calls, but we don't hear
There's lots more things to do
It's only 5 o'clock, and we're not tired yet
But we will be, very shortly

Sissy Steven plays with girls, someone made him cry
Tony climbed a tree and fell, trying hard to touch the sky
Tommy lit a fire one day, nearly burned the field away
Tommy's mum found out, but he put the blame on me and Ray

There is a happy land where only children live
You've had your chance and now the doors are closed sir, Mr. Grownup
Go away, sir

Boo, boo, boo, boo doop ...



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    General CommentMethinks the Thin White EMPEROR (not a duke, never a duke, higher than a duke. Higher even than a king. Bowie's the emperor. Emperor of all rock stars. Thin white EMPEROR) is reminiscing about the childhood of a fellow named David Robert Jones
    CuteSparkinaon April 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentA pretty self explanatory song, who doesn't dream to be a child and be away from all their troubles once again from time to time? Probably my favourite track off the self titled album.
    IZFERNORon September 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBowie often revisits the theme of children societies sans adults.....i've found that although the sounds of the music differed throughout the Thin White Duke's career....he often sang about the same things, if you pay close enough attention.
    ziggytwigon May 03, 2016   Link

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