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Five Years

Pushing thru the market square 
So many mothers sighing 
News had just come over 
We had five years left to cry in 

News guy wept and told us 
He said 'earth was really dying' 
Cried so much his face was wet 
Then I knew he was not lying 

I heard telephones, opera house, favourite melodies 
There were boys, toys electric irons and T.V.'s 
My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare 
I had to cram so many things to store everything in there 

And all the fat-skinny people 
And all the tall-short people 
And all the nobody people 
And all the somebody people 
Never thought I'd need so many people 

A girl my age went off her head 
Hit some tiny children 
If the black hadn't a-pulled her off 
And I think she would have killed them 

A soldier with a broken arm fixed 
His stare to the wheels of a Cadillac 
A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest 
And a queer threw up at the sight of that 

Well, I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlour 
Drinking milk shakes cold and long 
Smiling and waving and looking so fine 
Don't think you knew you were in this song 

And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor 
And I thought of Ma and I wanted to get back there 
Your face, your race, the way that you talk 
I miss you, you're beautiful 

We've got five years, stuck on my eyes 
Five years, what a surprise 
We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot 
Five years, that's all we've got 
We've got 
Five years. 

David Bowie cover

Live @ Traffic Music, 26.02.2004