Song of the Day #2,873: ‘Golden Years’ – David Bowie

david_bowie_station_to_stationI’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but David Bowie’s next album came out just nine months after Young Americans — who the hell can claim such a streak of uninterrupted brilliance right out of the gate?

Station to Station, released in early 1976, served as a transition between the soul music of Young Americans and the “Berlin period” to come. I knew nothing about this album before diving into Bowie’s catalog but it wound up emerging as one of my favorites.

Station to Station introduced a new Bowie persona, the Thin White Duke. Bowie recorded the album while high on cocaine — so high he barely remembered the sessions. He was also in a paranoid state, exacerbated by his work in the lead role of the film The Man Who Fell to Earth. Bowie plays an alien stranded on Earth and subjected to its many vices, and in one sequence (according to Wikipedia), Bowie and the female lead “have sex with each other and a gun, then and occupy their time drinking and playing table tennis.” OK, then.

At any rate, cocaine and paranoia combined to create a truly excellent album. Station to Station contains only six tracks (most clocking in at six or more minutes) and each is a treasure. ‘Golden Years’ is the best-known (and shortest) cut, with a funk sound that would have fit easily on Young Americans.

Other songs — ‘TVC 15’ and ‘Stay’ — sound a lot like vintage Talking Heads, a year before that band would record its debut. The gorgeous ‘Word On a Wing’ chronicled Bowie’s retreat from the movie’s nihilism to a comforting spirituality, through the lens of a heavy cocaine addiction.

At the end of these three weeks I’ll offer up my personal ranked list of Bowie’s albums. I expect Station to Station will be very high on that list.

Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop

Don’t let me hear you say life’s taking you nowhere, angel
Come get up my baby
Look at that sky, lifes 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

Ill stick with you baby for a thousand years
Nothings 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 Im begging you save her little soul
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Come get up my baby

Don’t let me hear you say lifes 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

Ill stick with you baby for a thousand years
Nothings gonna touch you in these golden years, gold
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,873: ‘Golden Years’ – David Bowie

  1. Dana says:

    Here too, I know the hit (today’s song), but nothing else from the album. Sounds like a record I should check out.

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