Ah yeah

Oh yeah

I'm up on the eleventh floor
And I'm watching the cruisers below
He's down on the street
And he's trying hard to pull sister Flo

Oh, my heart's in the basement
My weekend's at an alltime low
'Cause she's hoping to score
So I can't see her letting him go

Walk out of her heart
Walk out of her mind
Oh, not her

She's so swishy in her satin and tat
In her frock coat and bipperty-bopperty hat
Oh God, I could do better than that
Oh, yeah

She's an old-time ambassador
Of sweet talking, night walking games
Oh and she's known in the darkest clubs
For pushing ahead of the dames
If she says she can do it
Then she can do it, she don't make false claims
But she's a queen and such a queen
Such a laughter is sucked in their brains

Now she's leading him on
And she'll lay him right down
Yes, she's leading him on
And she'll lay him right down
But it could have been me
Yes, it could have been me
Why didn't I say? Why didn't I say?
No, no, no

She's so swishy in her satin and tat
In her frock coat and bipperty-bopperty hat
Oh God, I could do better than that

So I lay down a while
And I gaze at my hotel wall
Oh, the cot is so cold
It don't feel like no bed at all

Yeah, I lay down a while
And look at my hotel wall
And he's down on the street
So I throw both his bags down the hall
And I'm phoning a cab
'Cause my stomach feels small
There's a taste in my mouth
And it's no taste at all
It could have been me
Oh yeah, it could have been me
Why didn't I say? Why didn't I say?
No, no, no

She's so swishy in her satin and tat
In her frock coat and bipperty-bopperty hat
Oh God, I could do better than that
Oh you betcha
Oh yeah

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Queen Bitch [2015 Remastered] Lyrics as written by David Bowie

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  • +7
    General Comment

    In an interview in the 70's, Bowie explainedthis song. A cruiser is British slang for a homosexual. To "pull" means you're meeting somebody to have sex with them. Sister Flo is a transvestite prostitute. Bowie's on the eleventh floor of his apartment building watching the cruiser try to pull Sister Flo. Sister Flo looks swishy in her frock coat and hat. Bowie's upset with what he sees, his weekend's at an all time low. Why didn't he say to Sister Flo "I could do better than that!" (be a better transvestite). This song was centered around transvestites and homosexuality, as most of his late 60's-early 70's stuff was, such as Rebel Rebel and Suffragette City. Look around for that interview where he explains this if you can, it's an interesting watch.

    Shiggyon March 19, 2008   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation

    The narrator is a guy pining for another guy who's being wooed by a prostitute in the streets. Because the guy who's pining later throws “both his bags down the hall,” we know that they were sharing the same room. So, he's looking out the 11th floor window as this guy he has a crush on is talking to this prostitute, the Queen Bitch. He's bummed, at an “all time low.” He knows she's looking to score. He tries to will the guy to leave the Queen Bitch, “walk out of her heart, walk out of her mind.” But he knows that isn't going to happen. In the chorus we get the description of the Queen Bitch, as well as the narrator's critique: “I could do better than that,” which makes me think the Queen Bitch is a transvestite, meaning the narrator could land a better-looking prostitute (since he's gay, the prostitute's probably a man) or that he could come up with a better look. The next verses go into a further discussion of the Queen Bitch and such queens. They are powerful and pushy. “You're laughter gets sucked in their brains,” seems a disparaging comment, as if they are vampire-like, sucking your joy, or that they are vain. He goes on to lament, “it could have been me,” which I took to mean that he had a chance with the guy he is pinning after, but blew it, never voiced his interest. The final stanza describes his despair, left alone in the cold room, bad taste in his mouth, but even that taste is empty. He calls a cab to leave. It's a rocking and wonderful song. You can't help but sing along even if you are straight, and that's part of it's beauty: anyone, straight or gay, can relate to the plight of this guy, though our own lamentable situations of missing out on love/sex may not have been so dramatic. Great song.

    subversiveon January 28, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Excellent song. The Killers totally ripped it off in their song Mr. Brightside though.

    InsomniacUKon July 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    wah this song is so amazing. and its amazing-ness is put to good use in the wonderful movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou at the end!!!! wahh coolest scene it makes me all happy. i love all the bowie songs in that movie.

    sexy80sbabeon January 02, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Uh, yeah...this sounds like a Lou Reed song. That's why it's so good. (Nothing against Bowie, though. he's the man.)

    sailingallaloneon March 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    yo is this song about him being in love with the girl, or the guy?? Its a fawkin awesome song either way. Kinda reminds of of "hold on to yourself" from Ziggy Stardust....i think these types of bowie songs were the pre-cursors to the early punk movement (kinda reminiscent of the ramones)

    JackWhites7thSonon September 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    Is it just me? Sounds like this song is about his boyfriend falling for some chick (transvestite?) and he's jealous and upset. Hence the end where he throws "both his bags down the hall" and calls a cab?

    thewickedfaeon December 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Fact

    Bowie was so enamored with Velvet Underground/Lou Reed that he stole the entire riff and lyrical conceit from them/him. It's as good as a Velvet's cover ever came WITHOUT being a Velvet's tune.

    But SO good, though

    exobscuraon July 09, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    He can't make up his mind and she's a queen bitch. Good song.

    [inactive account]on May 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    talk about an awesome song

    dormouseon April 16, 2005   Link

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