Song of the Day #3,700: ‘Queen Bitch’ – David Bowie

Before I get to my #4 album of 1971, let me say a quick Happy Birthday to my sister Amy.

This year Amy selflessly asked, in lieu of gifts, for donations to a non-profit she founded called Birthright America. The program’s mission is to give underprivileged kids the chance to experience the majesty of America’s National Parks. Amy brought the first group of lucky children on the inaugural trip earlier this month.

If the idea sounds interesting to you, please consider visiting the website and donating to the cause. Happy Birthday, Amy!

Now, back to the music.

David Bowie’s fourth album, Hunky Dory, was the first of a trio of albums I consider his finest. It was followed by Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, and you can bet you’ll be reading more about those albums when I get to 1972 and 1973, respectively.

Hunky Dory is uniquely Bowie, featuring a hodge-podge of styles from folk to punk, cabaret to Tin Pan Alley. The album features the classics ‘Changes,’ ‘Queen Bitch’ and ‘Life on Mars’ (my favorite Bowie track), but all of its songs are worthy.

Besides being great on its own merits, Hunky Dory shines because it serves as the true artistic coming out of one of rock’s greatest legends.

[Verse 1]
I’m up on the eleventh floor
And I’m watching the cruisers below
He’s down on the street
And he’s trying hard
To pull sister Flo
My heart’s in the basement
My weekend’s at an all time low
Because she’s hoping to score
So I can’t see her
Letting him go
Walk out of her heart
Walk out of her mind

[Chorus]
She’s so swishy in her satin and tat
In her frock coat
And bipperty-bopperty hat
Oh God, I could do better than that

[Verse 2]
She’s an old-time ambassador
Of sweet talking, night walking games
And she’s known in the darkest clubs
For pushing ahead of the dames
If she says she can do it
Then she can do it
She don’t make false claims
But she’s a Queen
And such are queens
That your laughter
Is sucked in their brains
Now she’s leading him on
And she’ll lay him right down

[Refrain]
But it could have been me
Yes, it could have been me
Why didn’t I say
Why didn’t I say, no, no, no

[Chorus]
She’s so swishy in her satin and tat
In her frock coat
And bipperty-bopperty hat
Oh God, I could do better than that

[Verse 3]
So I lay down a while
And I gaze at my hotel wall
Oh the cot is so cold
It don’t feel like no bed at all
Yeah I lay down a while
And I look at my hotel wall
But he’s down on the street
So I throw both his bags down the hall
And I’m phoning a cab
Because my stomach feels small
There’s a taste in my mouth
And it’s no taste at all

[Refrain]
It could have been me
Oh yeah, it could have been me
Why didn’t I say
Why didn’t I say, no, no, no

[Chorus]
She’s so swishy in her satin and tat
In her frock coat
And bipperty-bopperty hat
Oh God, I could do better than that

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,700: ‘Queen Bitch’ – David Bowie

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Unlike the other hits, I’m not familiar with today’s song or the rest of this album, but I clearly need to do a deeper dive into the three albums you mentioned.

  2. Amy says:

    Thank you for the birthday wishes, though I’m a bit conflicted to discover “Queen Bitch” as my bday SOTD 😉

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    Happy Birthday Amy ❤️❤️

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