"You Feel So Lonely You Could Die" as written by and David Bowie....
No one ever saw you
Moving through the dark
Leaving slips of paper
Somewhere in the park
Hidden from your friends
Stealing all they knew
Love is thrown in airless rooms
Then vile rewards for you

And I'm gonna tell, yes, I've gotta tell
Gotta tell the things you've said
When you're talking in the dark
And I'm gonna tell the things you've done
When you're walking through the park

Some night on a thriller street
Will come a silent gun
You've got a dangerous heart
You stole their trust, their moon, their sun
They'll come such assassin's needle
On a crowded train
I bet you feel so lonely you could die

Buildings crammed with people
Landscape filled with wrath
Grey concrete city
Rain has wet the street
I want to see you clearly
Before you close the door
A room of bloody history
You made sure of that

I can see you as a corpse hanging from a beam
I can read you like a book
I can feel you falling
I hear you moaning in your room
Oh, see if I care
Oh, please, please make it soon

Walls have got you cornered
You've got the blues, my friend
And people don't like you
But you will leave without a sound, without an end

Hopefully it'll shine on you
Death alone shall love you
I thought you feel so lovely you could die
(I feel so lonely) you could die
You feel so lonely you could die

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"You Feel So Lonely You Could Die" as written by David Bowie


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  • +3
    General CommentThere's a funny thing about the chords of this song.
    When played on guitar with a capo on the 1rst fret, the chords sequence on the end of the phrase "you feel so lonely you could die" is D E A D.......
    lavacheon April 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe image of leaving slips of paper in the park is reminiscent of the early scenes in "Smiley's People," and this, plus the theme of betrayal, suggests that this is about espionage.
    r. kevinhion April 14, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd... 'The Lives of Others' about spying in the former DDR (in Berlin)... and by extension, as seen in a lot of the songs on The Next Day, the fall of oppressive regimes, explicitly Communist here, but why not also, more topically, the USA after the Snowden and Assange and NSA leaks / scandals?
    rustybucketon May 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionSucks to be Angie.
    cclaneon November 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonReminds me of Morrisey's lyrics
    aisfleon February 19, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song finishes exactly as Five Years.... lyrics has to do with something from that era maybe?
    aisfleon February 19, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentTo me this seems like a very hostile song towards Morrissey and everything he's done, artistically and as a person.
    Morrissey's spikey insults towards his former friend, Bowie. His presumably emotional lyrics that contain dark accusations, scorn, arrogance, subtle hostile references to family, friends and fellow artists: all left behind as 'slips of paper' throughout his songs.

    Morrissey made enemies everywhere, hence the loneliness, which is a big theme in his work.
    David seems to me as if he's through with him. He's ready to say farewell, and wishes Morrissey a fitting lonely death. The silent gun being this song, followed by suicide out of misery, loneliness and being forgotten.

    The song contains the outro of Rock 'n Roll Suicide. Morrissey used that outro in I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday, which Bowie covered. Quite a 'slip of paper left in the park' aswell. He uses Morrissey's technique (stolen from Oscar Wilde) to threaten and accuse him like he did throughout his whole carreer. The Soviet spy setting is mainly the cover up story. A metaphor for how artists hide secret messages for eachother like spies.
    davy107392on July 29, 2016   Link

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