"D.J." as written by and Grace Jones....
I'm home, lost my job, and incurably I'll
You think this is easy, realism
I've got a girl out there, I suppose
I think she's dancing
Feel like Dan Dare lies down
I think she's dancing, what do I know?

I am a D.J., I am what I play
Can't turn around no, can't turn around, no, oh, ooh
I am a D.J., I am what I play
Can't turn around no, can't turn around, no, oh no

I am a D.J., I am what I play
I got believers
Believing me, oh

One more, weekend, of lights and evening faces
Fast food, living nostalgia
Humble pie or bitter fruit

I am a D.J., I am what I play
Can't turn around no, can't turn around no, ooh

I am a D.J., I am what I say
Can't turn around no, can't turn around, ooh
I am a D.J., I am what I play
I've got believers
Believing me

I am a D.J., I am what I play
Can turn around no, can't turn around
I am a D.J., I am what I play
Can turn around no, can't turn around
I am a D.J., I am what I play
Can turn around no

Time flies when you're having fun
Break his heart, break her heart
He used to be my boss and now he is a puppet dancer
I am a D.J., and I've got believers

I've got believers
I've got believers
I've got believers in me
I've got believers
I am a D.J., I am what I play
I am a D.J.


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"D.J." as written by Carlos Alomar Brian Eno

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  • +2
    General Commentnah it's just about how all night long you play music for other people, and people judge you/know you solely based on which music you pick. it's almost like your music replaces your personality. you are what you play.

    i'm a DJ, by the way.
    powerofdenialon December 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually I read in a book once that this song is called DJ not only because of DJ's but also from his initials, so yes. David Jones.
    PtolemyKittyon December 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's a lot to say. First, Bowie comes home unemployed and believes that there's a girl out there for him. He doesn't believe that being a DJ is a job; he believes that he has a leader-ish type of role in this. "I am A DJ, I am what I say. I've got believers, believing in me." See what I mean?
    davidbowiefan1on October 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that maybe David Bowie is making fun of himself, and about how ridiculous he thinks that sometimes his fans thinks that he is some kind of God, or something like that.
    idelamazaon December 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes this song possibly have to do with DJ meaning David Jones, which was his original name?
    krockon March 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes this song possibly have to do with DJ meaning David Jones, which was his original name?
    krockon March 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love the distorted sound to this song. I sort of thought of it as the world through the eyes of a crazy dee-jay. A very fractured view.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought of the lines "I've got a girl out there, I suppose/I think she's dancing" as meaning that he has a girl and he thinks she's out there cheating on him.
    floydzkriegon April 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, in the first line it's "lost my job", not "love".
    floydzkriegon April 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso the lines of ''Time flies when you're having fun/Break his heart, break her heart.''

    I think in this song the D.J. is a metaphor for David Bowie (David Jones) himself. He is what he plays; in the D.J.'s case 'powerofdenial' has the right explanation, and for Bowie: he constantly changed his style, music and persona. For the fans he is what he plays.
    Reinton August 15, 2009   Link

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