David Bowie: Young Americans Meaning
Young Americans Lyrics
He lays her down, he frowns
"Gee my life's a funny thing, am I still too young?"
He kissed her then and there
She took his ring, took his babies
It took him minutes, took her nowhere
Heaven knows, she'd have...
anonymous Aug 18th 2012, 01:47 report
I love this song.I've been listening to it for damn near 40 years.I can still remember the time and the place I was the first time I heard it.It has always had a lot of meaning for me,probably because I was a Young American just itching(aching!)to pull behind a bridge somewhere and pop the cherry of another Young American.
That first stanza did it.I knew,or thought,at least,that I wasn't too young,and it said to me"watch out,or you'll be buying a ring and having and having rugrats",and,more important to my ego at that point,make sure I'm not the guy that takes only minutes,and gives her nothing.I've always tried my best.
This has all been about me,and not about what the lyrics mean.That's because 70% of them are just nonsense rhymes put together because they sound cool(Regardless of what Bowie said about them back then.I'll bet if you asked him today,he'd say the same thing as me).30% percent is some pretty heavy shit,though,which is self explanatory and doesn't need me to give yet another bullshit interpretation of them.
That's what art is all about anyway,right?
Making the (listener/viewer/reader) FEEL, not just see or hear,and take the work in whatever way means most to them.
anonymous Aug 5th 2012, 11:20 report
i in general think that DB is playin with words in an interesting way which sounds good with the muzic but i get the feelin that 4 a lot of his lyrics they r left to the listeners personal interpretation. The Man Who Sold The World sounds fantastic but it i feel tells U absolutely nothin "i left and shook his hand" DB has made a career out of sham lyrics but he did it in such style. he has fooled a lot of people for a lot of the time.....?????
anonymous Feb 1st 2012, 19:30 report
At first this song seems to be about the breakdown of a marriage. First they are "too young", then he "gives her babies," then she cheats ("spies the slinky vagabond"), then they no longer have an intimate relationship ("the breadwinner begs off the bathroom floor'). It also seems to have something to do with growing up and losing your ideals. I have also read that it is about the materialism and emptiness of American society. Also, I have heard the David Bowie wrote songs by cutting out random words from newspapers or magazines, then scattering them on a table and creating lyrics from they way the words were grouped. So, if this were the case, the song would be about nothing, although one can assume that Bowie would have tried -- consciously or subconsciously -- to group the words to make some kind of statement. Also, you can't discount that he was doing a lot of drugs at the time, so maybe the song is about drugs, which takes you back to the theme of disillusionment.
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