I've nothing much to offer
There's nothing much to take
I'm an absolute beginner
But I'm absolutely sane
As long as we're together
The rest can go to hell
I absolutely love you
But we're absolute beginners
With eyes completely open
But nervous all the same

If our love song
Could fly over mountains
Could laugh at the ocean
Just like the films
There's no reason
To feel all the hard times
To lay down the hard lines
It's absolutely true

Nothing much could happen
Nothing we can't shake
Oh, we're absolute beginners
With nothing much at stake
As long as you're still smiling
There's nothing more I need
I absolutely love you
But we're absolute beginners
But if my love is your love
We're certain to succeed

If our love song
Could fly over mountains
Sail over heartaches
Just like the films
If there's reason
To feel all the hard times
To lay down the hard lines
It's absolutely true

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"Absolute Beginners" as written by David Bowie


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  • +5
    General CommentIt's the title song for the homonymous 1986 film, starring David Bowie as well.
    About the song, ok, it's a simple tune, with simple lyrics; but not without depth.
    To me, the guy says: I'm absolutely, deeply in love... but I'm not mad, not crazy ('And I'm absolutely sane'). He is mature, and lived enough to recognize a deep emotion without the blindness off love madness.
    On the other hand, the relationship is just beginning, but he's sure that it will survive whatever lif throws at them, and it's a concious, cerebral statement ('With eyes completely open').
    I can relate to it particulary in the seeing your couple as your whole world ('As long as we're together, the rest can go to hell').
    This song is about maturity, the rediscover of a feeling of youth, with a new perspective, and the nervousness of the projections.
    Prometeoon June 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNobody has commented on this song? One of my all-time favorites. Brings tears to my eyes each and every time I hear it. It's about the value and simplicity of true love and that it takes nothing, no effort, to embrace and enjoy it. The lyrics are few which I think is quite symbolic of the true meaning of the song. Love carries you thru the "hard times". Love conquers all...without it life is empty....souls are empty.
    pamplonaon June 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat movie too. :)
    redshiftdazzleron August 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've dedicated this song to a lover of mine...it totally describes our relationship and maybe ajust a little more. The music video is fascinating. Yeah...right...those must be very powerful cigarettes...to turn from a cigarette box into a black and white-striped girl.
    davidbowiefan1on September 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a pure romantic and love song from one of the best artist of all times! What an elegant, soft, pure, deep and charming sound from the White Duke! I have been in love with this song since I was 6!
    PeluCrespinson February 28, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautyful lovesong, but there's not really much in it, is there? It's song by a sweet-looking Bowie in a sweet and boring as hell period.
    BUT; am I the only one who can the drug references in it? If you put drugs in stead of the love-theme, at least it has a less abused theme.
    plastiksjaelon October 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song ! " I absolutely love you , but we're absolute beginners , but if my love is your love , we're certain to succeed " ... I absolutely like this song
    borovon January 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, it was from what was probabily the pits of Bowie's creativity. I don't know, I still kinda' like it though. Very sweeping and nice.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its a bit harsh to criticise the creativity in this song.

    Its certainly easier to appreceiate the depth in a song with more gravity, such as Cygnet Committe etc

    This song is simple , short and optimistic
    I think one of the stongest and most powerful pieces of advice I have ever heard is "Love More"

    And I think this song beautifully captures the depth of that thought. It is unashamedly optimistic and innocent but not naive

    An optimistic backlash to the often expressed "Ah but we all thought that when we were your age" and "Ah yeah but you're still in your honeymoon period"
    Boderickon October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the chorus of this song. If you watch the music video, however, David is chasing a girl through the streets who seems to symbolize his cigarette addiction. He goes for a pack of 'Zebra' brand from a vending machine but doesn't have the change. She shows up decked out in a zebra-stripe outfit. When he catches her and kisses her, she vanishes, leaving a smouldering cigarette at his feet.
    Kinda suggests that plastiksjael is on to something with the drug reference. It's just tobacco he can't do without!
    scipwraecon April 11, 2007   Link

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