"Little Wonder" as written by and Reeves Gabrels David Bowie....
Stinky weather fat, shaky hands
Dopey morning doc, grumpy gnomes

Little wonder then, little wonder
You little wonder, little wonder you

Big screen dolls, and explosions
Sleepy time bashful but nude
Little wonder then, little wonder
You little wonder, little wonder you

Enter galactic see me to be you
It's all in the tablets sneezy bhutan
Little wonder then, little wonder
You little wonder, little wonder you

Mars happy nation sit on my karma
Dame meditation take me away
Little wonder then, little wonder
You little wonder, little wonder you

Sending me, so far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away

Little wonder, little wonder you
Little wonder, little wonder you

Sending me, so far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away
So far away, so far away

Little wonder, little wonder you
Little wonder, little wonder you

You little wonder, little wonder you
Little wonder then, little wonder
You little wonder, little wonder you


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"Little Wonder" as written by Mark Plati David Bowie

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    General CommentI think he's trying to figure out what life is supposed to mean and generally be. It has so many references to what life is like now and all of these things are racing through his head while he's thinking about them. And the question he's trying to answer is one of those dizzying vicious circles that never end and the answer never is answer and it just gets further and further away.
    Starmanon May 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've readed somewhere that the Bowie wrote this song with the intention of writing a lyric that incorporates the names of the seven dwarfs from Snow White: Dopey, Grumpy, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy and Sleepy... not that you can't work out a nice tune from the concept, too ;)
    Prometeoon June 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm going to have to go with Prometeo on this. Kind of looks like... eh, the seven dwarves. I'm sure there's some other meaning to it, as well.

    The music video for this is *weird*, but very cool. Definitely check it out of you get the chance.
    editingon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes this song remind anyone else of Christmas?
    SoundgardeNirvanaon February 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song references Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He goes through all the odd dispositions of the Dwarfs in himself as he gets his mind up to speed. He comes to inhabit that place in his mind that he calls "Little Wonder" which could implicitly be called "Snow White"... the character that came back from a deep sleep by the kiss of a prince. Snow White in this case is the feminine nature of the internal mind activated by "Dame Meditation". He, Bowie, is the Prince that makes the "kiss" by entering into this practice. You saw in the Disney animated version that the whole world comes back to life, colors ablaze after Snow White was reawakened. Here we are now.

    "Enter Galactic, see me to be you" is all him talking to himself. He needs to tap this "connection/kiss" to see who he really is inside.

    "Mars happy nation, sit on my karma": this is about him living in the mundane objective, mechanical world before deciding to take on "Dame Meditation". Mars would be the Darwinian-nature of humanity... fighting/violence/power-posturing/ your self within the objective hierarchy of animal Man. Then he takes a dip inside to see the dwarfs of his creation in their jeweled cave... digging for jewels. That is the real, old, even pre-Bowie take on the original story of Snow WHite. Rather Protestant in it's advocation of "hard-work reaps rewards through it" and then also "of the mind".

    "Drive-in Saturday":
    There's a similarity between these two songs with their dwarfs and "friends at home". There is an undeniable DMT-drug reference in "Drive-in Saturday" of which hte drug-trip happens to mimic the nature of meditation in that it contacts you to the inner-workers that show themselves as neuro-archetypical gnomes/dwarfs/small-beings which show you jewels/geometric-objects/"visions".

    Tap your inner resources. Bowie made a whole career of it. I can't remember of it's substantiated, but I think I remember somewhere hearing that Bowie said this song was solely about himself. Proof positive.

    envelopeon December 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Enter Galactic, see me to be you"
    EQUALS
    "Press your space-face close to mine, Love"

    "Life On Mars" most likely has parallels to the meaning of the line "Mars happy nation" in that "Mars" as defined and referenced by Bowie in these two songs is representative of the "world of images" that is mass-media. ***___Check my interpretation of "The Letter (Battle For Britian)" to see my short-takes on "The Last Thing You SHould Do" which is about reducing life to seen-moments in media... as if they had already been lived and not thought through. Mars would be the place where all these archetypal posturings for hierarchy stature have been turned into "Law" and life is merely a click track with the scripts all handed out... a pre-destined experience... a "happy nation" of everyone all in lock-step worshipping the rules to sustain the mere Image of a well-oiled machine... but it certainly isn't actual living of life. Not the kind of life that made Bowie who he is... nor the life of those that used this method (meditation). Great things happen, little wonders, when you jam a wedge in between the cracks and try something not meant to work by the rules. From "Battle for Britain(The Letter)", the line, "On a better day, I'll take you by the hand / And I'll walk you through the doors" is Bowie's offer of showing you his prescriptions in code/lyric form when you're mentally up to noticing them yourself.
    envelopeon December 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn writing a little about Bowie's song "It Ain't Easy" (see songmeanings.net page) I came across another element that seems to tie this "prince and princess Snow White" element together.

    ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/Sefirot/…
    [See Image of the Tree of Life, aka Sefirot]
    "The Shekhinah is often portrayed as a bride or princess whose male lover is the composite of the nine upper sefirot, represented by the prince/bridegroom Tiferet."

    So when this disparate "station" known as Shekinah, one not distincly tied to the ten stations of the Sefirot, is accessed through/by Tiferet we have the "kiss" that re/awakens us back to the top of the tree to start the cycle of new life once again. Consider this having happened each time Bowie came up with a new character to inhabit for each new album.
    envelopeon December 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFrom that same linked page in the last entry:

    "Human Imagery (Primordial Man)
    * Mouth
    * The Shekhinah is often portrayed as a bride or princess whose male lover is the composite of the nine upper sefirot, represented by the prince/bridegroom Tiferet.

    Biblical Figures
    * King David"

    Lemme see, the physical/concrete manifestation of the whole upper Sefirot is the mouth (singing/words).
    "King David"... hmm...

    envelopeon December 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDo any of the previous commentators have any experience loving a child who misses you when your gone. This song is OBVIOUSLY about a child who misses there daddy when he has to go away on tour. The song is written by a dad.
    orson10958on October 19, 2014   Link

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