"Shades" as written by and D. Bowie I. Pop....
You gave me a present
The paper was blue and green
I unwrapped it with pleasure
These are the best shades I've ever seen
You can be my girlfriend
Forever and a day
I never thought I was worth much
Or that anyone would treat me this way

I'm not
The kind of guy
Who dresses like a king
And a really fine pair of shades
Means everything
And the light that blinds my eyes
Shines from you
It makes me come in the night
It makes me swim with delight
I like this pain
I like this mirror
I like these shades

I could have had a problem
I might have never followed through
The other guys are in trouble
They wouldn't listen to a girl like you
These shades say something
I'll bet they cost a lot
I hope I don't break 'em
I hope we don't break up


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"Shades" as written by Newell Jr Osterberg James David Bowie

Lyrics © TINTORETTO MUSIC, BMG Rights Management

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    General CommentI think this song is one of the most romantic songs I've heard.

    The narrator's talking specifically about the gift of a pair of sunglasses - he's surprised and very happy, but also worried that he doesn't deserve them or that he'll ruin them somehow - but he's also saying the same thing about his love.

    He didn't expect to find a girlfriend, and he doesn't feel completely worthy of her love - "I never thought I was worth much or that anyone would treat me this way" - so he's worried that he might do something "wrong" and lose the best thing in his life.

    "I hope I don't break 'em / I hope we don't break up" - he's using the shades as a way to express his emotions, and admits this at the end.
    Dubious Meriton May 03, 2006   Link

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