Song of the Day #5,153: ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ – David Bowie

‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ is a deep cut on David Bowie’s ninth studio album, 1975’s Young Americans. This song, which took its title from the 1956 Paul Newman movie, takes aim at a villainous television celebrity.

Young Americans found Bowie in his “plastic soul” period, moving away from glam rock and toward R&B and soul. This detour would last about an album and a half.

Today’s track is probably most notable for the great saxophone work throughout, provided by Mr. David Sanborn.

[Verse 1]
He’s everybody’s token, on everybody’s wall
Blessing all the papers, thanking one and all
Hugging all the babies, kissing all the ladies
Knowing all that you think about from writing on the wall

[Pre-Chorus]
He’s so divine, his soul shines
Breaks the night, sleep tight
His ever loving face smiles on the whole human race
He says “I’m somebody”

[Chorus 1]
He’s got his eye on your soul, his hand on your heart
He says “don’t hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody) likes me”

[Verse 2]
He’s the savage son of the TV tube, planets wrote the day was due
All the wisest men around, predicted that a man was found
Who looked a lot like you and me, yeah
Everyone with sense could see
Nothing left his eye unmoved, he had the plan, he had to use

[Pre-Chorus]
(Somebody) he’s so divine, (ooh, ooh) his soul shines
Breaks the night, sleep tight (somebody up there)
(Somebody) his ever loving face (ooh, ooh)
Smiles on the whole human race
(Somebody, somebody, somebody up there)

[Chorus]
(Somebody) he’s got his eye on your soul
(Ooh, ooh) and his hand on your heart
He says “don’t hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody)

[Bridge]
Somebody plays my song in tune
Makes me, makes me, makes me stronger for you, babe
Was a way when we were young, that
Any man was judged by what he’d done
But now you’ve pick them on the screen (what they look like)
Where they’ve been

[Chorus]
Keep your eye on your soul and your hand on your heart
He says “don’t hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody)

[Verse 3]
Leaders come, they hate all the people know
That given time, the leaders go
Tell me, can they hold you under their spell?
Can they walk and hold you as well as a
Smile like Valentino? Could he sell you anything?
(Somebody, somebody)

[Chorus]
Keep your eye on your soul, keep your hand on your heart
He says “Don’t hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody) likes me”

[Outro]
(Somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody)
(Somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody)
Somebody (somebody) somebody (somebody)
Somebody (somebody, somebody)
Somebody (somebody) somebody (somebody)
Somebody (somebody, somebody)
Yeah, can’t remember (somebody) peace so well
Oh, space to ramble, (somebody, somebody) space to boogie
Soul shine (ooh-ooh), so divine
Somebody (ooh-ooh, somebody)
Soul shine (Ooh-ooh), so divine
Somebody (ooh-ooh)
(Somebody)
Somebody, somebody, somebody
Yeah, can’t remember peace so well
Can’t remember peace so well
Can’t remember peace so well
Soul shines (somebody)
Soul shines, so divine, somebody (somebody)
Soul shines, so divine, somebody (somebody)

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,153: ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ – David Bowie

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Never heard this one before, but I like the R&B vibe.

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