"Suffragette City" as written by and David Bowie....
Hey man, oh leave me alone you know
Hey man, oh Henry, get off the phone, I gotta
Hey man, I gotta straighten my face
This mellow thighed chick just put my spine out of place
Hey man, my schooldays insane
Hey man, my work's down the drain
Hey man, well she's a total blam-blam
She said she had to squeeze it but she... then she...

Oh don't lean on me man, cause you can't afford the ticket
I'm back on Suffragette City
Oh don't lean on me man
'Cause you ain't got time to check it
You know my Suffragette City
Is outta sight...she's all right

Hey man, Henry, don't be unkind, go away
Hey man, I can't take you this time, no way
Hey man, droogie don't crash here
There's only room for one and here she comes, here she comes

Oh don't lean on me man, cause you can't afford the ticket
I'm back on Suffragette City
Oh don't lean on me man
'Cause you ain't got time to check it
You know my Suffragette City
Is outta sight...she's all right

Oh hit me!

Oh don't lean on me man, cause you can't afford the ticket
I'm back on Suffragette City
Oh don't lean on me man
'Cause you ain't got time to check it
You know my Suffragette City
Is outta sight...she's all right

A Suffragette City, a Suffragette City
I'm back on Suffragette City, I'm back on Suffragette City
Ooo, Sufraggete city, ooo, Suffragette City
Oooh-how, Sufragette City, oooh-how, Sufragette City, oooh-how
Sufragette
Ohhh, Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am!
A Suffragette City, a Suffragette City
Quite all right
A Suffragette City
Too fine
A Suffragette City, ooh, a Sufragette City
Oh, my Sufragette City, oh my Suffragette City
Oh, Suffragette
Suffragette!


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"Suffragette City" as written by David Bowie

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  • +4
    Song MeaningThis is a song about a ball-busting feminist (i.e. Suffragette) who takes over a college-student's life and kills his dreams and friendships, with the promise of easy sex, until she's got him completely whipped.

    LYRICS:

    “Hey man, oh leave me alone you know
    Hey man, oh Henry, get off the phone, I gotta
    Hey man, I gotta straighten my face
    This mellow thighed chick just put my spine out of place”

    MEANING: He’s become spineless for the sake of sex, and thus he’s shutting out his friend Henry.

    "Mellow-thighed" = "easy sex"



    ”Hey man, my schooldays insane
    Hey man, my work's down the drain
    Hey man, well she's a total blam-blam
    She said she had to squeeze it but she... then she...”

    MEANING: His liberated girlfriend is ruining his life with her demands on his time; but she puts out sex easily, so he puts up with it since she's in a "steady relationship" with him.

    Oh don't lean on me man, cause you can't afford the ticket
    I'm back on Suffragette City
    Oh don't lean on me man
    Cause you ain't got time to check it
    You know my Suffragette City
    Is outta sight...she's all right

    MEANING: He’s whipped, i.e. she's controlling him with sex, over his friends; and he doesn't want his friends complaining about it. The "ticket," is the cost of him doing without sex if he doesn't do what she says.


    "Hey man, Henry, don't be unkind, go away
    Hey man, I can't take you this time, no way
    Hey man, droogie don't crash here
    There's only room for one and here she comes, here she comes"


    MEANING: He won’t let his friend hang out with him or stay over, in order to make room for his Suffragette girlfriend; she's basically squeezing Henry out of the guy's life.


    "Oh hit me!
    I'm back on Suffragette City, I'm back on Suffragette City
    Ooo, Sufraggete city, ooo, Suffragette City
    Oooh-how, Sufragette City, oooh-how, Sufragette City, oooh-how
    Sufragette
    Ohhh, Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am!

    MEANING: Sex with his Suffragette girlfriend.


    In essence, "Suffragettes" at college would simply use sexual liberation to control and manipulate their boyfriends into killing their dreams and friendships, with the promise of easy sex.
    Frodosamon October 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentUm, thanks for that Dissectional88. Anyway, I'm thinking that Krtski is right. Especially emphasizing the sex-addict factor. He waits for her all the time, sends other people away, just for the chance to er... get his spine put out of place...
    Buddha of Suburbiaon February 20, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with davidbeauy's analysis on most points, but I always felt that Suffragette City wasn't a person, but a place... specifically a brothel. Context-wise, the song could go either way, but the name itself ("City"), calls to mind location and wiht a name like Suffragette City, it would have to be either a brothel (or strip club, enough bands were known to frequent them after shows) or some sort of post-Feminist Amusement Park.
    But I could be wrong here.
    JShatterskullon November 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song means awesome.
    fraiseon July 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis was one of the first Bowie songs I became obsessed with. I agre with what everyone says about the addictioinpart, I just don't completely understand why he used the term suffragette (a woman protesting to votte) anyway ...fuckin awesome song, great energy.

    "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am!" he he he love that part.
    PlutonianDollon August 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI guess the Henry Heroin connection seems pretty obvious now. Also the droogie don't crash here is connected to drugs cause i think its like droog, droogie from clockwork orange. I'm pretty dull though so it takes me a bit longer than the majority.
    PlutonianDollon April 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"The time is five years to go before the end of the earth. It has been announced that the world will end because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to things that they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock-and-roll band and the kids no longer want rock-and-roll. There's no electricity to play it."

    (Excerpt from a Rolling Stone interview with David Bowie and William S. Burroughs, February 28, 1974. Quote by David Bowie.)

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    When I read the Rolling Stone interview, I first thought of kids looting shops, wearing furs and diamond jewellery and skateboarding through deserted office buildings. But hey, if you had those kinds of options, why not take advantage of brothels and drugs as well? Most people seem to think the guy with a "school day" is in college. Not necessarily. The kids in this song could be anywhere from twelve to twenty, which is really far more disturbing, and therefore in keeping with the overall apocalyptic mood of Bowie's 1972 masterpiece.

    To be honest, I'd always suspected the narrator and his mate to be a couple of kids. It's something about the way they talk. "My school day's insane" and "My work's down the drain" definitely remind me of how I feel about school - completely stuck and unable to retreat. You're basically forced to go. As an adult, you can make the choice between going to college, getting a job or going on the dole. For a kid, it's basically do as you're told or sleep on the sidewalk. The fact that the narrator refers to the woman as Ma'am also suggests youth, and a sort of ingrained submission to adults. You have to remember that despite the fact that the kids in the Stardust story are free to do as they please, they are still subservient to their paranoid moms and dads, hence the Starman line "Don't tell your papa, or he'll get us locked up in fright."

    NellieWhiskeyon June 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningSuffragette = Suffrage = the right to vote. His girlfriend is making him give up heroin. He is living (e.g. in a city) where she has the say (e.g. the right to vote on his lifestyle) because she is a great fuck :) Heroin = Henry; Droogie = friend (also "Henry" who can't crash here)
    vituson October 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually you are all wrong.
    Suffragettes are a group of women peotesting womens rights to vote.
    In this song David bowie is refering to his friend Henry who
    is a cross-dresser, and he is trying to get him to go out dancing,
    and then some mmmhmmm later on.

    If you listen Paul McCartney's song "Jet"
    He uses the term more blatantly, when he says,
    "I thought the major was a real lady"
    Ergo cross dresser, then he yells "Sufrajet"

    Hope this helps
    executionerericon November 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI'm strongly inclined to believe that the lyrics simply express a particular instance in David Bowie's life of sexual confusion. His biography clearly reveals his vacillating attraction between men and women. This song's lyrics are directed at his current main squeeze, Henry: "Hey man, I can't take you this time, no way", "Oh don't lean on me man, cause you can't afford the ticket
    I'm back on Suffragette City." Bisexual Bowie is tempted by a new chick and homosexual Henry doesn't understand, which is why Henry cannot afford a ticket back to Suffragette City - where women exert their influence.
    silver-surferon August 03, 2014   Link

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