"I Can't Give Everything Away" as written by and David Bowie....
I know something is very wrong
The post returns for prodigal songs
With black-eyed sharks with flowered muse
With skull designs upon my shoes

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away

Seeing more and feeling less
Saying no but meaning yes
This is all I ever meant
That's the message that I sent

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away

I know something is very wrong
The post returns for prodigal songs
The black-eyed sharks with flowered muse
With skull designs upon my shoes

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away


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"I Can't Give Everything Away" as written by David Bowie

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI listened to this song on the day it was released, and I thought this song was written in the voice of a character who was dying and felt that he could not finish give everything (wealth, ideas, art, love?) away fast enough before he passed. Little did I know, the character in question was David Bowie himself, singing this, the last song on what he knew would be his last album.

    RIP to a great artist.
    steve10017on January 22, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe harmonica sound is a nod to "New Career In a New Town". Returning again and again - immortal, in a way. Reincarnation as burden: can't give everything away.
    mywhitebicycleon January 13, 2016   Link

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