Golden Years

David Bowie

About Golden Years

"Golden Years" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975. It was originally released in a shortened form as a single in November 1975, and in its full-length version in January the following year on the Station to Station album. It was the first track completed during the Station to Station sessions, a period when Bowie's cocaine addiction was at its peak. At one stage it was slated to be the album's title track.


Year:
1980
66 
#4

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Don't let me hear you say life's taking you nowhere, angel
Come get up my baby
Look at that sky, life's begun
Nights are warm and the days are young
Come get up my baby

There's my baby, lost that's all
Once I'm begging you save her little soul
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Come get up my baby

Last night they loved you, opening doors and pulling some strings, angel
Come get up my baby
In walked luck and you looked in time
Never look back, walk tall, act fine
Come get up my baby

I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years
Nothing's gonna touch you in these golden years, gold
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Come get up my baby

Some of these days, and it won't be long
Gonna drive back down where you once belonged
In the back of a dream car twenty foot long
Don't cry my sweet, don't break my heart
Doing all right, but you gotta get smart
Wish upon, wish upon, day upon day, I believe oh Lord
I believe all the way
Come get up my baby

Run for the shadows, run for the shadows
Run for the shadows in these golden years

There's my baby, lost that's all
Once I'm begging you save her little soul
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Come get up my baby

Don't let me hear you say life's taking you nowhere, angel
Come get up my baby
Run for the shadows, run for the shadows
Run for the shadows in these golden years

I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years
Nothing's gonna touch you in these golden years, gold

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Golden years, gold whop whop whop
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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

Album Release
The song "Golden Years" was on David Bowie's tenth album, "Station to Station," which was released in 1976.
Record or Chart Success
It reached number 10 position on the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number 11 in the United States on the Billboard Top 100.
Production
Bowie reportedly wrote the song in just an hour, reflecting his fast-paced work ethic.
Inspiration for the Song
Bowie initially offered the song to Elvis Presley to perform, but he declined. Bowie later performed it himself, leading to its worldwide success.
Music Video
Bowie had performed "Golden Years" on the popular music TV show "Soul Train," which also marked his first performance on American television.
Genre
The song is characterized by a distinct funk and soul influence, a departure from the experimental rock that dominated his earlier work.
Song Meaning
"Golden Years" is often interpreted as a reflection of Bowie's own career, recognizing his growth and success but also the pressure of constant reinvention.
Popular Culture
The song has been used in various films and TV series, including "A Knight's Tale," "Basquiat," and the British drama series "Ashes to Ashes."
Live Performances
Bowie performed "Golden Years" on his tour for the "Station to Station" album, and it remained a part of his live set into the 2000s.
Cover Versions
"Golden Years" has been covered by numerous artists across different genres, including Marilyn Manson, Pixie Lott, and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.

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