David Bowie ~ Somebody Up There Likes Me

So true! This picture just cracks me up. And made me think of this song. Thanks, Damian!

I just read the lyrics. I didn’t realize what a weird song it is until now, forty-seven years after its release. David Bowie doing a weird song? Stop the presses …

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
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
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
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 (somebody)
He’s so divine, his soul shines (somebody)
Breaks the night, sleep tight (somebody out there, somebody)
His ever loving face smiles on the whole human race (somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody out there)

He’s got his eye on your soul, his hand on your heart
He says, don’t hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody) 
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 pick them on the screen (what they look like)
Where they’ve been

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
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?
Keep your eyes on your soul, keep your hand on your heart

He says, don’t hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody) likes me
Somebody (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

Yeah, can’t remember, peace so well
Can’t remember peace so well
Can’t remember peace so well
Soul shine (Ooh-ooh)
Soul shine
So divine
Somebody (ooh-ooh, somebody)
Soul shine (Ooh-ooh)
So divine
Somebody (ooh-ooh)

Here’s my favorite song off the album, “Right.” How he figured out that backing vocal arrangement and communicated it to the singers is beyond me. How they were able to sing it is another great mystery. There is a video of the session on YouTube. I’ll post it instead.