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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.