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Five Years

David Bowie


G                                  Em

 Pushing through the market square,   so many mothers sighing

A                        C

 News had just come over,  we had five years left to cry in

G                          Em

 News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying

A                              C

 Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying



I heard telephones, opera house, favorite melodies


I saw boys, toys, electric irons and T.V.'s


My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare


I had to cram so many things to store everything in there


                         Am (1)      C (1)

and all the fat-skinny people,

                          Am (1)     C (1)

and all the tall-short people,

                    G (1)      C (1)

and all the nobody people,


and all the somebody people

                                   Am (1)       C (1)

I never thought I'd need so many people


G                                Em

 A girl my age went off her head, hit some tiny children

A                                     C

 If the black hadn't a-pulled her off, I think she would have killed them

G                            Em

 A soldier with a broken arm, fixed his stare to the wheels of a


A                                            C

 A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest, and a queer threw up at the sight of that


G                                         Em

 I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlor, drinking milk shakes cold and long

A                                       C

 Smiling and waving and looking so fine, don't think you knew you were in this song



And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor


And I thought of Ma and I wanted to get back there


Your face, your race, the way that you talk


I kiss you, you're beautiful, I want you to walk


Outro (Repeat 4x):


We've got five years, stuck on my eyes


Five years, what a surprise


We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot


Five years, that's all we've got



Five years


Five years


Five years


Five years


End on G

This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.