Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth
You pull on your finger
Then another finger, then cigarette
The wall-to-wall is calling
It lingers, then you forget
Ohhh, you're a rock 'n' roll suicide
You're too old to lose it, too young to choose it
And the clock waits so patiently on your song
You walk past a cafe, but you don't eat
When you've lived too long
Oh, no, no, no, you're a rock 'n' roll suicide
Chev brakes are snarling
As you stumble across the road
But the day breaks instead, so you hurry home
Don't let the sun blast your shadow
Don't let the milk float ride your mind
They're so natural, religiously unkind
Oh no, love, you're not alone
You're watching yourself, but you're too unfair
You got your head all tangled up
But if I could only make you care
Oh no, love, you're not alone
No matter what or who you've been
No matter when or where you've seen
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
I've had my share, I'll help you with the pain
You're not alone
Just turn on with me, and you're not alone
Let's turn on and be not alone
Gimme your hands, 'cause you're wonderful
Gimme your hands, 'cause you're wonderful
Oh, gimme your hands

Lyrics submitted by LilBowieGirl, edited by WiseOldGuy

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide song meanings
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  • +19
    MemoryThis song literally saved my life. I was spiraling down fast, cutting myself, contemplating suicide. Everything. One night listening to my iPod on shuffle I was considering ending it. After 10 years of depressio , who needs one more? I'm only 17 and I felt my time was up. Then this song came on, I wasn't paying attention really because I was writing a suicide note, then as I'm ready to slit my wrists, I hear, "Oh no love! you're not alone
    You're watching yourself but you're too unfair
    You got your head all tangled up but if I could only make you care
    Oh no love! you're not alone
    No matter what or who you've been
    No matter when or where you've seen
    All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
    I've had my share, I'll help you with the pain
    You're not alone
    Just turn on with me and you're not alone "

    after that I broke down and cried and thanked God for that message being given to me when I was about to end it. If I had one thing to say to David Bowie, it'd be thank you for saving my life and helping me get onto the road to recovery.
    Hime17on September 22, 2010   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThe song isn't about an actual suicide. A "Rock and Roll Suicide" is the same thing that Huey Nueton described as a "Revolutionary Suicide": someone who gives his entire life and everything he is to a revolution. Instead of revolution it's rock and roll. It describes how Ziggy gave everything he was to rock and roll. The song basically talks about how "you" (Ziggy) has nothing in the end, because he gave everything to the music.

    BillySpearson December 11, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIn the story of Ziggy, I think it deals with the suicide of Lady Stardust after she's killed the Spiders from Mars, who had killed Ziggy, though that's all speculative. It's the end of the album, the end of the band, and the end of the world.
    Akashaon June 10, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentLady Stardust was Marc Bolan of T Rex, and the kids killed Ziggy, not The Spiders...actually I believe the kids drove him to kill himself, hence the title "Rock 'N' Roll Suicide".

    Can you just imagine hearing this song at Ziggy's retirement concert? I've heard that Bowie anounced Ziggy's retirement at that final show and then dove right into this song, with all the fans screaming and crying. And as soon as it was finnished, he hopped into a car and drove away with all the fans chasing after him.

    The last part of the song seems to be about comforting the fans. Imagine your at that concert and Bowie announces his retirement, only you dont know he's playing the part of Ziggy, so you think its the last concert he'll ever do period...so those last lines were meant as a reassurance...dont fret because Ziggy will always be with you sort of thing. Pure magic.
    saturnineon April 08, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI was going through a rather hairy period when I heard this song and it certainly cheered me up. When you're depressed and on the edge of suicide, someone telling you "no, love, you're not alone" can be very strengthening.
    All hail Bowie!
    Child Of Musicon June 07, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHere Bowie is talking about his youth and how getting old is one thing that can never be stopped. The more you try to enjoy life the faster is slips through your're fingers. i think this song is so beautiful- lyrics, emotion, and the music are all superb.
    BenDon2000on June 10, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is obviously about Kurt Cobain. Who is this Ziggy fellow you keep metioning. What a stupid name: Ziggy.
    KurdtTBOon December 21, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentJust think about it. KurtTBO gave us a very important hint to understand every Bowie Song. Every Bowie song is about Nirvana. Like Lady Stardust is about Kurt Cobain using drags on stage and Life On Mars is about Kurt Cobain watching a film. Kurt Cobain is known to have inspired Bowie a lot in the 70's .
    And for the name, you are SO right, Ziggy? I mean what is that supossed to be? Where does that guy come from?Space or what?
    rocknrollin bitchon July 16, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think he is. I mean... we all know Bowie was heavily influenced by Nirvana!
    suckmykisson February 04, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song saved my life, it tells u no matter what lifes still worth living for!
    rufiohaspanon August 17, 2006   Link

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