Now he was blond and she was dark
They called him thunder 'cause he had the spark
The dream he dreamed was straight and pure
But the confusion of life was gonna get him for sure

Look away look away

They shared their clothes and their cowboy boots
Left them all over the floor while they dyed their roots
They live the dream and they went non-stop
They did' ok 'til the band broke up

Look away look away look away look away

Unfortunately the needle broke
Their rock and roll love like a bicycle spoke
I found her in a back street with her looks half gone
She was selling something that I was on

Look away look away

Now thunder and me did not part friends
What we did once I wouldn't do again
So he stayed with the pure dream and followed the moon
'til the drugs in his body made his mind a cartoon

Look away look away

So a few years later thunder died broke
Sable had a baby back at her folks
Me I went straight and serious too
There wasn't much else that I could do

Look away look away

So now that I'm straight I'm settled too
I eat and I sleep and I work like you
I got lots of feelings but I hold them down
That's a way I cope with this shitty town

Look away look away
Look away look away

Lyrics submitted by J0K3R, edited by KamikazeBaby81

"Look Away" as written by James Osterberg


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    Song MeaningThis song is about Sable Starr (born Sable Hay Shields), an L.A. Groupie who was with Iggy while he was living with The Stooges in the Hollywood Hills, and Johnny Thunders (born John Anthony Genzale, Jr.), the guitarist for the New York Dolls at the time of his relationship with Sable.
    KamikazeBaby81on March 30, 2015   Link
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    General Commenti love the last four verses. we all end up like iggy (like our fathers) or like johnny. so sad and true. iggy is such a good and underrated songwriter
    PiKueloon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs about the life of Johnny Thunders,Iggy's friend..great how he shows how to get out of this life.
    annazoffon October 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are missing, at least, the first lines that begin,

    "I slept with Sable when she was thirteen"

    which are apparently an accurate account of Iggy Pop's statutory rape of Sable Starr, who was still underage when she became attached to Johnny Thunders. Starr and other "baby groupies" describe sexual encounters with David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Jeff Beck, and other Seventies rock stars when the girls were still in middle school, according to some accounts as young as 12.

    The authenticity of some claims have been questioned, and it's long past time when any legal liability exists, but these stories and this song's lyrics point to horrific sexual abuse of children by some of rock's most famous male performers.
    rikdadon November 05, 2019   Link

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