Fame makes a man take things over
Fame lets him loose, hard to swallow
Fame puts you there where things are hollow (fame)
Fame, it's not your brain, it's just the flame
That burns your change to keep you insane (fame)

Fame, (fame) what you like is in the limo
Fame, (fame) what you get is no tomorrow
Fame, (fame) what you need you have to borrow Fame
Fame, (fame) it's mine, it's mine, it's just his line
To bind your time, it drives you to crime (fame)

Is it any wonder I reject you first?
Fame, fame, fame, fame
Is it any wonder you are too cool to fool? (fame)
Fame, bully for you, chilly for me
Got to get a rain check on pain (fame)

Fame, fame, fame
Fame, fame, fame
Fame, fame, fame, fame
Fame, fame, fame, fame
Fame, fame, fame
Fame, what's your name?

Lyrics submitted by magicnudiesuit

"Fame" as written by David Bowie Carlos Alomar

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  • +3
    General CommentI laughed when I read the comments, because there is such irony in the fact that, when given the chance to interpret a song crafted by Bowie and Lennon --two of the most beloved and celebrated artists of the last forty years-- not one person knowingly shared any real insight, but instead chose to analyze Bowie's sexuality and private life; in doing so, the commenters *unknowingly* affirmed the theme of this song.

    "Fame, puts you there where things are hollow." Indeed, more attention is directed at his ambiguous sexuality than his work, proving that substance is hollowed by notoriety.
    FaithinaBoxon August 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDoes Anyone know if the bridge of the song, where he sings the decending "Fame, Fame, Fame, Fame," etc., may have been the first use of a pitch corrector (vocoder)?
    DoctorDevon September 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's some fascinating background info about the studio development and recording of this song. Bowie said its his least favorite song on the LP. But he loved meeting (and working with) Lennon.

    About the song itself, it has a great melodic hook (James Brown riff?), some great effects, and some cool "easter eggs". Headphones recommended.

    Did no one else hear something like "What's your name?" (with strong echo) and a whispered reply "Satan". I dunno maybe just imagining it.
    txnuke1201on January 29, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBowie whispers something at the end of the song. On the 1978 tour, they could clearly be made out as "Brings so much pain", although others have suggested on the album version, it is "Feeling so gay, feeling gay".
    magicnudiesuiton December 12, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow..john lennon produced this song.
    weezerific:cutleryon April 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so great! i listen to it over and over and over it never gets old. why only three people have commented on it i dont know. ahh bowie is so great!
    NicoleInWonderlandon June 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't mind this song, and although a Bowie fan, I must criticize one of Bowie's live versions of this song, if you could even call it that. It may have been the drugs, he may have just been distracted, but Bowie's performance on 'Soul Train', performing this song was appalling. If he's going to mime, at least be in time with the song, or know the words... he did this also with 'Golden Years'.
    xrachiexon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJohn Lennon did a lot of production for Bowie. Most importantly, in my opinion, is Young Americans where you actually hear a Lennon line, "I heard the News today oh boy."
    p3nguinpi3on May 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwas bowie really Bi i wonder but i heard he had a son and others
    PinkNirvanaon July 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, he's really bi but he does have kids. He's probably leaning to the straight side (if that made any sense) although I wouldn't really know...you'd have to ask Bowie :)
    jopkins_the_monkeyon December 27, 2004   Link

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