Boys Keep Swinging

David Bowie

About Boys Keep Swinging

"Boys Keep Swinging" is a song by David Bowie. It was released as a single from the album Lodger on 27 April 1979.


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Heaven loves ya
The clouds part for ya
Nothing stands in your way
When you're a boy
Clothes always fit ya
Life is a pop of the cherry
When you're a boy
When you're a boy
You can wear a uniform
When you're a boy
Other boys check you out
You get a girl
These are your favorite things
When you're a boy
Boys keep swinging
Boys always work it out
Uncage the colors
Unfurl the flag
Luck just kissed you hello
When you're a boy
They'll never clone ya
You're always first on the line
When you're a boy
When you're a boy
You can buy a home of your own
When you're a boy
Learn to drive and everything
You'll get your share
When you're a boy
Boys keep swinging
Boys always work it out

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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, Brian Eno

Lyrics © TINTORETTO MUSIC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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12 facts about this song

Song Composition
"Boys Keep Swinging," released in 1979, was written by David Bowie and Brian Eno. The lyrics and rhythm of the song reflect Bowie's unique and groundbreaking style of music.
Chart Performance
The song reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, showing its popularity during the late 1970s.
Album Association
The song is a part of the album "Lodger", which is the last of Bowie's 'Berlin Trilogy', three albums that were all co-produced by Tony Visconti and Brian Eno.
Musical Style
"Boys Keep Swinging" is considered a post-punk song with elements of funk and glam rock, further highlighting Bowie's multifaceted musicality.
Music Video
Its music video was directed by David Mallet and is one of the most famous music videos of the 1970s for its notable drag performance by Bowie.
Song Theme
The song is known for its satire of machismo and heteronormativity, underlining Bowie's frequent exploration of gender and sexuality in his music.
Innovative Making
The song's distinctive sound was created by having the musicians swap instruments after the basic track was recorded, ensuring a beginner's angle to playing the parts which resulted in unique melodies.
The track was re-recorded for inclusion in the soundtrack of the film "Center Stage" in 2000.
Controversial Line
Its controversial ending line, “When you’re a boy, other boys check you out!” was changed for the American broadcast to, “When you’re a boy, you get a lot more toys”.
Cultural Impact
Though not one of Bowie's biggest hits, 'Boys Keep Swinging' has been praised for pushing boundaries and has played a key role in cementing his legacy as an influential figure in music and pop culture.
Cover Version
The song has been covered by several other artists since its release, including Duran Duran and the Associates.
Unique Promotion
For promotional appearances surrounding the song's release, Bowie performed with a puppet body, where his actual head was superimposed on the screen.

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