"'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore" as written by and David Bowie....
Man, she punched me like a dude
Hold your mad hands, I cried
‘Tis a pity she was a whore
‘Tis my curse, I suppose
That was patrol
That was patrol
This is the war

Black struck the kiss, she kept my cock
Smote the mistress, drifting on
‘Tis a pity she was a whore
She stole my purse, with rattling speed
That was patrol
This is the war
‘Tis a pity she was a whore

Man, she punched me like a dude
Hold your mad hands, I cried
‘Tis a pity she was a whore
‘Tis my fate, I suppose
For that was patrol
That was patrol
‘Tis a pity she was a whore

‘Tis a pity she was a whore


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"Tis a Pity She Was a Whore" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentSupposedly acknowledges the shocking rawness of WWI according to the post on Bowie's official facebook for the initial demo release in 2014.

    Seems to be a chance meeting with a woman who impressed a soldier in a rare moment of 'pleasure' but even then he's punched and has his purse stolen as the woman is a prostitute.

    But the soldier is resigned to his fate, after all there's a war on.

    Storming version on ★ much better than the demo. One of my faves from the final album of this genius.
    Longpigon January 15, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like an interpretation I've seen elsewhere on the web (posted by Yakbutter).

    "I think this song is about time and references his earlier song of that name. In the lyrics of ‘Time’ is the line ‘he flexes like a whore’. Don’t worry that the fact that the whore is now a ‘she’. Time has no gender. In the second line he writes ‘hold your mad hands’. These are the hands of a clock. The ticking of a clock is represented by the accelrating electronic beat as time goes by faster and begins to draw to his end. I feel that the line ‘that was patrol, this is the war’ contrast his perception of time now compared to how he perceived time when he wrote the earlier song. There is a final clue in the subject of the John Ford play on which the title is based. The central theme of that play is incest which resonates with the famous line from ‘Time’ – ‘incestuous and vain’.

    Just to add to that, 'kept my cock' could refer to the loss of the libido and of the cockiness of his youth.

    A pity that time has moved on so easily from him and into other's embrace.
    Macanoneon March 04, 2016   Link

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