Tired Of My Life

Tired of My Life.

No one’s sure when exactly this dreary thing was recorded—the best guess (by Nicholas Pegg, the most reliable of Bowie chroniclers) is that it was taped around the time of The Man Who Sold The World, ca. May 1970, at Bowie’s residence in Haddon Hall. The song’s a return to the folkie ruminations of Space Oddity, now with a more pronounced Crosby, Stills & Nash influence (especially in the bridge). Mick Ronson likely sings harmony.

Bowie left it in the bottom drawer for a decade, then dragged it out and tarted it up (recycling a few lines and the vocal melody) for a much better song on Scary Monsters, “It’s No Game.”

Top: Harold Chapman, “Glasgow, the Gorbals,” (slum neighborhood cleared in 1970).

One Response to Tired Of My Life

  1. I was very surprised to find this a good decade older than ‘It’s No Game’ – surprised especially to find lines like “pull the blinds on yesterday …” and “put a bullet in my brain …” etc which I felt comfortable believing were post-meeting-Burroughs hyperreal images of the late 70s. And yet ‘It’s No Game’ is undeniably stronger and was the better time for it to be released, but he was writing it in ‘seed’ so much earlier.

    It is engaging to study the development of Bowie’s ‘lyrictry’ during the period when he was still within echo of his own ‘Uncle Arthur’-type pieces …

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