Valentine told me who's to go
Feelings he treasured most of all
The teachers and the football stars
It's in his tiny face
It's in his scrawny hands
Valentine sold his soul
He's got something to say
It's Valentine's day
The rhythm of the crowd
Benny and Judy down
Valentine sees it all
He's got something to say
It's Valentine's day

Valentine told me how he feels
If all the world were under his heels
Or stumbling through the mall
It's in his tiny face
It's in his scrawny hands
Valentine knows it all
He's got something to say
It's Valentine's day

Valentine, Valentine
Valentine, Valentine
It's in his scrawny hands
It's in his tiny heart
It's happening today
Valentine, Valentine
It's in his scrawny hands
It's in his tiny heart
It's happening today
Valentine, Valentine



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  • +2
    Song Meaning:It's funny how something as tragic as a high school shooting can be sung in such an upbeat way.

    "Valentine told me who's to go
    Feelings he treasured most of all
    The teachers and the football stars "

    I assume it's about a troubled and very frustrated kid confessing to his best (and only) friend what's his plans are...and pointing out the future victims.

    "It's in his tiny face
    It's in his scrawny hands
    Valentine sold his soul
    He's got something to say
    It's Valentine's day"

    Well, we actually get to know how this boy is (short and skinny maybe?), he´s probably those kind of kids that would get bullied or ignored. Maybe that's why he resents the so called "football stars", he is not one of them. And he is gonna do something about it, carrying a gun and his fellow classmates lives in his hands.

    "The rhythm of the crowd
    Benny and Judy down "

    Are screams of horror music to his ears? His shot down his first victims.

    "Valentine told me how he feels
    If all the world were under his heels
    Or stumbling through the mall "

    Valentine might want to know how it feels to be successful or respected, it's his only fulfilling goal. Must have taken a lot of abuse from his classmates to get to this point. I don't really get the "stumbling through the mall" line.

    "It's in his scrawny hands
    It's in his tiny heart
    It's happening today
    Valentine, Valentine"

    Well, Valentine's heart must be the size of a pebble, he just exploded, he wouldn't mind tearing human lives apart, his tormented mind is a product of all the filth he's been fed-up with.

    Sure, we can't know what's going on in these mass murderer's minds. Are they born crazy or has society made them crazy?

    In the end, Bowie is nuts himself but handles it in a beautiful way.I hope that "The Next Day"will serve as inspiration to a new generation of musicians.
    Hell, this song is so good!
    Aircheadalon March 18, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I think "it's in his tiny face" refers to a thumbnail image on a social network site like Facebook or something.
    gfriend23on May 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:According to the producer (and bassist) Tony Visconti, the song is about a high school shooter.
    MrGreen428on March 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning:Everything I have read says it was inspired by the Northern Illinois University shooting, which took place on April 14, 2008.
    compudude86on October 23, 2013   Link

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