Kooks

David Bowie

About Kooks

"Kooks" is a song written by David Bowie, which appears on his 1971 album Hunky Dory. Bowie wrote this song to his newborn son Duncan Jones. The song was a pastiche of early 1970s Neil Young because Bowie was listening to a Neil Young record at home on 30 May 1971 when he got the news of the arrival of his son. British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song.


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1971
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Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

We bought a lot of things
To keep you warm and dry
And a funny old crib on which the paint won't dry
I bought you a pair of shoes
A trumpet you can blow
And a book of rules
On what to say to people
When they pick on you
'Cause if you stay with us you're gonna be pretty Kookie too

Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

And if you ever have to go to school
Remember how they messed up
This old fool
Don't pick fights with the bullies or the cads
'Cause I'm not much cop at punching other people's Dads
And if the homework brings you down
Then we'll throw it on the fire
And take the car downtown

Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

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David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016), known by his stage name David Bowie ( /ˈboʊ.i/ BOH-ee), was an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work. more »

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Written by: David Bowie

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10 facts about this song

Creation
"Kooks" is a song composed and performed by British musician David Bowie, and it was included in his 1971 album “Hunky Dory.”
Inspiration
The song was written by Bowie as a lullaby for his newborn son Duncan Jones. The title itself reflects the affectionate nickname that he had given to his baby - "Little kook."
Musical Style
The musical style of "Kooks" is considered an amalgamation of folk, pop, and rock, defining early 70's soft rock sound.
Lyrics
The lyrics are a loving, encouraging message from a parent, urging the child to be true to himself. The song expresses the unconventional upbringing that Bowie plans to give his son, taking him to circuses and museums, and encouraging him to question things.
Historical Aspect
The song was recorded just days after Duncan's birth, making it a significant historical document of David Bowie's personal life.
Celebration of Individualism
"Kooks" echoes a common theme seen throughout Bowie's work: the celebration of individualism and the embrace of being different, or a "kook."
Reception
The song was never released as a single, yet it has been warmly received by fans and music critics alike, who praised its sweet, heartfelt vocals and creative lyrics.
Cover versions
Numerous artists have covered "Kooks", including Brett Smiley, Danny Michel, and Ingrid Michaelson.
Live Performances
Notably, Bowie never performed "Kooks" live, although it remains a fan favorite.
Legacy
At Bowie's death in 2016, "Kooks" was one of the songs that fans and journalists singled out, reflecting on its personal lyrics and celebrating its message of unconditional love and acceptance.

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