David Bowie - Width Of A Circle Lyrics




In the corner of the morning in the past
I would sit and blame the master first and last
All the roads were straight and narrow
And the prayers were small and yellow
And the rumour spread that I was aging fast
Then I ran across a monster who was sleeping by a tree.

And I looked and frowned and the monster was me

Well, I said hello and I said hello
And I asked "Why not?" and I replied "I don't know"
So we asked a simple black bird, who was happy as can be

And he laughed insane and quipped "KAHLIL GIBRAN"
So I cried for all the others till the day was nearly through
For I realized that God's a young man too

So I said "So long" and I waved "Bye-bye"
And I smashed my soul and traded my mind

Got laid by a young bordello
I was vaguely half asleep
For which my reputation swept back home in drag

And the moral of this magic spell
Negotiates my hide
When God did take my logic for a ride
(Riding along)

He swallowed his pride and puckered his lips
And showed me the leather belt round his hips
My knees were shaking my cheeks aflame
He said "You'll never go down to the Gods again"
(Turn around,go back!)

He struck the ground a cavern appeared
And I smelt the burning pit of fear
We crashed a thousand yards below
I said "Do it again, do it again"
(Turn around,go back!)

His nebulous body swayed above
His tongue swollen with devil's love
The snake and I, a venom high
I said "Do it again, do it again"
(Turn around, go back!)

Breathe, breathe, breathe deeply

And I was seething, breathing deeply
Spitting sentry, horned and tailed

Waiting for you





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  1. Ayhan Zencirci

    Mor ve Ötesinin en sevdiğim şarkısı

  2. Luiz Aksnes.

    Great Song!

  3. Brent Miller

    Baker Baker

  4. Tony Knaggs

    Still a great song today. Pity The Spiders From Mars get no recognition or even their name on the cd sleeve. As well as Mick Ronson's guitar work and Trevor Bouldor's bass riffs Woody on drums makes the light and shade of the cd complete. Saw the band last night and they were fantastic.

  5. Norysse Del Rosario

    Anybody remembers Spanky's Baker 3??!!

  6. Joanne Orwell

    Love him in that Beautiful dress ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  7. Mitchell Flint

    Rest in peace david bowie. You went out with a bang

  8. Matthew Hoult

    Love this song ....

  9. Contrición

    Fuck...

  10. Rich Latta

    This album would have been much bigger back in the day if David hadn't worn a dress on the cover.

    dixler mudflap mudflap

    Rich Latta 1st cover was a cartoon, 2nd was this dress, 3rd was a b&w photo of bowie as ziggy. I have the vinyl purchased in about ‘72 or ‘73 with b&w photo. I remember it being a big deal back then, not sure how well it sold though.

  11. Lee James the one and only.

    I am back.
    Looking.
    Smelling.
    Feeling.
    Breathing.
    It is ME.

    Thx for the ride.
    Cold winter, bold moon, higher than high, in the rural areas.
    Cruising.......the snow, the world.
    Oh yes, years ago.
    Never forgotten.
    NEVER.
    Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder.
    DB .

  12. Ryan Silva

    Damn those riffs in 0x75

  13. Bob Risse

    The Beginning...

  14. Ghost Pasha

    Tony Visconti's bass has such a great tone in this song. He was also the album's producer, and he apparently knew the techniques to get that rounded, full sound.

    Joe Edwards

    Ditto Kinda a bull elephant on steroids....Great Stuff

    Arnar Sigurjonsson

    Agree, and he plays it great on the whole album

    Ghost Pasha

    @Arnar Sigurjonsson Damn straight, and although YOU know this song, anyone else browsing along, go check out The Supermen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0871DYyHSE
    Visconti's bass on that song will shake your guts loose

  15. Duke Theedam

    words and music from a man that was directly connected to a universal force that some on Earth call a God..

  16. Sawbones Quad

    somewhere between hendrix, Sabbath and pure Bowie. Gotta love Ronson on this song.

    andrew reinhardt

    Sawbones Quad this album emulated Sabbath and Zeppelin, but somehow different. Wish Bowie would have made another heavy rocker album

    Sawbones Quad

    @andrew reinhardt I showed this to my "rocker dude" friend and he loved it, even though he's disinterested in most other Bowie stuff. i def agree. I love so much of his stuff but I really would have loved another album like this.

    andrew reinhardt

    It’s sad that when you talk to most people about Bowie, the songs they usually know of are his worst songs. As is the case with a lot of artists, his greatest work is overshadowed by the pop accessibility of certain singles. Sometimes, I bet this is done deliberately. Draw someone into buying the album with a catchy single, then maybe they’ll get around to the more obscure and sophisticated work. Unfortunately, people don’t buy albums as much anymore so a lot of folks will just buy the hits on their phone and never explore beyond what they hear on the radio, in stores, on TV.. etc.. kinda makes me sad.

  17. Simon Jester

    MICK 🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸 DAVID

  18. C T

    this was a constant at our 1987/1988 mini ramp sessions.

  19. tbwatch88

    love Bowie, but his approach to the vocals on this song may have spawned the egregious guns n roses, so... well, we can't hold him responsible NOW, alas. alas, insane.

  20. Lady Stardust

    Jadore cet album un des plus énigmatique de Bowie je l'écoute très souvent en vinyle c'est un de celui qui j'écoute le plus peut être que j'essaie de le cerner je le trouve très spécial j'adore les styles mélanges de hard rock folk rock glam rock ya un tas de styles dans cet album pour moi c'est un des meilleurs enfin ils sont tous bons comme diamond dogs young americans Hunky Dory que j'adore particulièrement et bien sûr le 2e space odditty ! Comment ne pas aimer Bowie ! RIP Master

  21. Andy Clifft

    Early Bowie is pure fucking electric. All other Bowie is pure fucking electric.;)

  22. Andy Clifft

    Great fucking song!

  23. juan robespier

    2:05 3:03

    Ryan Silva

    best solo ever i'd wish i could only listen to that part

  24. Groovy Guru

    I don't think it gets any better

  25. arthur Deth

    The album that Bowie made that never got the real recognition that it deserved. Only a cover version of "The man who sold the world" by Lulu (The worst ever cover version that rightly deserved "The Sick Bucket" award). My personal favourite album too. Remember that this was done before Ziggy Stardost. As I find with most artists. their best work is done in the early years before they become too commercialised.

    Irene Sierra

    I believe Bowie actually produced the Lulu cover.

  26. JOHANN crâne

    BAKER BAKER BAKER

  27. Jeff Portwood

    Riding along....

  28. jack esworthy

    This has always been top of the list, absolutely mind blowing !

    analogaudio rules

    Same dude, i get it 100%, i used to crank this shit when i was little, and even now, its fantastic.

  29. The Dying Duke

    I listened to this song once in the rain, and right when it finished with the drums, I put my hands up, and somehow lightning streaked across the sky. It was a very loud boom, but I just stared at the sky, with rain hitting my face.

    Devon Alencar

    we live for this shit

    camelshit

    Sounds like a mighty fine experience...

    D. Barry

    Tremendous!

  30. thenoosehangsfromheaven S U P P O S E D L Y

    One of Bowie's more well-written songs. Will always enjoy the Visconti produced stuff. Underappreciated album and too bad he didn't really care playing songs from it on numerous tours. Just as dark as those two Sabbath albums released that year. 👁️😈🏳️‍🌈🇬🇧🎸🎸🎸

  31. Blackstar 76

    I grew up on Bowie, my mum was a massive fan from her teenage years in the 70s, Ive loved his music all my life. Unbelievably though I have never heard most of this album before today. Absolutely loving the heavy riffs and amazing bass playing. This album may be about to become my favourite!

    Rena Dromey

    I was an early 60's baby. Grew up hearing "classic " rock. My first Bowie album I bought and still have is Diamond Dogs. Sans penis :)

  32. Rick Jones

    Ronno Rules! And you can actually hear how great the Spiders were in this version...

    Rena Dromey

    They should have been his band way longer. He was always great but the spiders era is untouchable

  33. Bone Soup

    My favourite Bowie song.

  34. Gerry Berry

    What an immense RACKET these 4 incredible musicians make! This song gets more unhinged every time I hear it!

  35. DTOM, ¿eStamos?

    Not only an epic ( in every sense) piece of music but maybe the best lyrics of any Bowie ever wrote.
    This was Bowie's greatest phase. I wish it had lasted a little longer. Hunky Dory, The man...., and Ziggy... are my favorite albums and alladin sane, which critics love, is my absolute least favorite. It was Bowie's infatuation with, and desire to emulate Springsteen's Asbury Park record, that is to blame, in my opinion. I think that is a great album, but the influence on Bowie did not result in anything good.

  36. That YouTube Channel

    This song is pure genius! Great insight into humanity, especially with line “I came across a monster who was sleeping by a tree, and I looked and frowned and the monster was me.” As a true David Bowie fan, I think you’d have to admit that without Mick Ronson’s wicked guitar skills we would not have the Bowie we know and love today. Without Ronno, Bowie couldn’t have reached his stardustom( see what I did there?) or at least been who we know today. Mick helped David’s Ziggy Stardust (and his Spiders) rise, but Bowie himself actually caused the fall. If anyone has seen Beside Bowie, the Doc on Mick Ronson, you would know that David didn’t tell the Spiders that they were done until he told a crowd at their final show. I’m not trying to discredit Bowie or pure Ronno on a higher pedestal, in fact, I’m a huge Bowie fan. He is my Hero. He is my favorite solo musician. He inspired me to be me. He was a one of a kind, unique gem that this world has sadly lost and can never replace. But, without Mick’s God-given, other worldly guitar skills, Bowie would have probably never reached fame as Ziggy.

    xxpiggystardustxx

    ronno was the hidden genius

    Klui

    Yes, while Bowie's most brilliant work (in my opinion) came after the spiders, it was thanks to thel that he got where he was. Ronno gave life to many of Bowie's most iconic songs, and he helped build the image of the starman.

    Lovely guy, and I'm happy that he played one last time with David before his passing in Black Tie White Noise

    MrBrenman21

    @xxpiggystardustxx How?

    BettorWin

    You put it perfectly. Nuff said!

  37. Jenny Mayer

    My favorite Bowie song.

  38. Patrick Simmons

    Holy God this band is 4 gods combining into one God...

    Andy Clifft

    Hahah, its beyond that man.

  39. The Dying Duke

    All the “oohs” make me hooked to this song.

  40. Ralph Marrone

    I LOVE this song!!!!!

  41. The Magical Spoon!!!

    Tony Visconti a very funny bass line to play.
    I am lerning this song and is a little hard to me... but I will play it

    my name is chef

    The Magical Spoon!!! Awesome, good luck

    The Magical Spoon!!!

    @my name is chef hey I finished that song like two days ago and is on my Youtube Channel. It has some mistakes, but you can watch if you want

  42. Ian Findly

    Basically sort of similar to Station To Station in that it seems to really be TWO songs connected.

  43. Sylvester Weiter

    The intro is amazing.

  44. johnny zell

    In the corner of the morning in the past
    I would sit and blame the master first and last
    All the roads were straight and narrow
    And the prayers were small and yellow
    And the rumor spread that I was aging fast
    Then I ran across a monster who was sleeping by a tree.
    And I looked and frowned and the monster was me
    Well, I said hello and I said hello
    And I asked "Why not?" and I replied "I don't know"
    So we asked a simple black bird, who was happy as can be
    And he laughed insane and quipped "Kahlil Gibran"
    So I cried for all the others till the day was nearly through
    For I realized that God's a young man too
    So I said "So long" and I waved "Bye-bye"
    And I smashed my soul and traded my mind
    Got laid by a young bordello
    I was vaguely half asleep
    For which my reputation swept back home in drag
    And the moral of this magic spell
    Negotiates my hide
    When God did take my logic for a ride
    (Riding along)
    He swallowed his pride and puckered his lips
    And showed me the leather belt round his hips
    My knees were shaking my cheeks aflame
    He said "You'll never go down to the Gods again"
    (Turn around,go back!)
    He struck the ground a cavern appeared
    And I smelt the burning pit of fear
    We crashed a thousand yards below
    I said "Do it again, do it again"
    (Turn around,go back!)
    His nebulous body swayed above
    His tongue swollen with devil's love
    The snake and I, a venom high
    I said "Do it again, do it again"
    (Turn around, go back!)
    Breathe, breathe, breathe deeply
    And I was seething, breathing deeply
    Spitting sentry, horned and tailed
    Waiting for you

    Salvale

    Oh, so it's a metaphor for homosexuality

    DTOM, ¿eStamos?

    @Salvale I guess if you're grappling with that then you could interpret it that way. That would be a rather narrow interpretation tho...
    It's about good and evil. You can fit just about all of man's issues into that tent.

    Salvale

    @DTOM, ¿eStamos? Good and Evil is definitely a strong part of it, but considering much of the metaphors and imagery presented it seems to me like a criticism of the Church's stance of homosexuality, and considering Bowie himself was bi this doesn't seem much of a stretch

    Rena Dromey

    Thank you

    andrew reinhardt

    Kind of.. it’s about homosexuality, right and wrong, God and the Devil(the snake and I, a venom high) and experiencing the rush of sin or whatever you want to call it, our confrontation with a monotheistic judgmental God, and with Him an adversarial force that draws us in the other direction, so yeah, I see good and evil, yin and yang, sexuality, religion, man’s progress from polytheism into monotheism(you’ll never go down to the gods again).. just my interpretation

  45. norseforce69

    Mick Ronson baby!!!!🎸🎸🎸🎸

    Rena Dromey

    ❤they should have kept making music together....

  46. Jose Gomez

    Awesome song!

  47. Art Seg

    I go to another fucking realm when I workout to this song

  48. Alondra Salazar

    Make me cry :´(

  49. Morgan Rush

    So fucking good

  50. CouldLiveOnYouTube

    Hendrixy. Billy Gibbons-ish. Very Bowie. Not a light and breezy person. Gets right to the bottom line.

    Privy Sorrow

    I hear the Hendrix every it every time it starts. Reminds me of Electric Ladyland.

    Seth Ott

    Maybe a little Tony Iommi-ish in the guitar.

    Magnetron33

    Even a little Rory

    Nick Zedd

    @Magnetron33 Comparisons are a cheap shortcut to real thought. Mick Ronson was an original.

    Magnetron33

    I agree!

  51. CouldLiveOnYouTube

    I forgot about a lot of these songs that are outrageous and that I never would've thought of for the rest of my life. But how refreshing to hear

    Mairwen

    In true art, nothing is outrageous unless it actually harms another creature.

    simonbaker95

    Mairwen 99 *throws up in mouth upon reading*

  52. ThinWhiteAxe

    Reminds me of Led Zeppelin...

    Jose Gomez

    Piggons
    You like the Foo Fighters?

    Piggons

    +Jose Gomez yes I do

    Jose Gomez

    Piggons
    Okay, like I knew you would. Foo Fighters are the best compared to Led Zeppelin. I can't decide which is better. 😂

    Hello There

    Jimmy Page wrote one of the riffs towards the end, the Supermen.

    jmscoopy

    Bowie was original as it gets....Led Zeppelin were a bunch of plagiarizers

  53. Mike-in-it256

    when I first started smoking herb, way way back, Bowie was big time on my spin list, especially this album and Low. Thank you Creator for sending this Man!

  54. John Stillie

    his best album

    Mairwen

    Definitely yes.

    Kinga Golik

    One of best*

    Crimson Kng

    Not even close.

    andrew reinhardt

    No question.

  55. Damian Spooner

    My favourite Bowie album. R.I.P. David. 8th January 1947 - 10th January 2016

    Mairwen

    My favourite album too. Remember when it came out. Was it really 3 years ago he left us? Bless you David, you genius.