David Bowie - The Width Of A Circle

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The Width Of A Circle

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"

And I cried for all the others till the day was nearly through

For I realized that God`s a young man too


Oh I said "So long" and I waved "Bye-bye"

And I smashed my soul and traded my mind

Got laid by a young bordello

Who 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)

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oooooh

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh

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

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

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Release History

The David Bowie song "The Width Of A Circle" appears on the following albums:
Bowie At The Beeb

Bowie At The Beeb: The Best Of The BBC Radio Sessions 68-72
26 September 2000

Live 1972
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July 1997

Live 1972

  1. Hang on to Yourself (2:50)
  2. Ziggy Stardust (3:44)
  3. Changes (3:50)
  4. The Supermen (3:03)
  5. Life on Mars? (3:51)
  6. Five Years (4:18)
  7. Space Oddity (3:46)
  8. Andy Warhol (1:00)
  9. My Death (5:27)
  10. The Width Of A Circle (8:07)
  11. Queen Bitch (3:05)
  12. Moonage Daydream (3:51)
  13. John, I'm Only Dancing (2:43)
  14. Wating For The Man (6:01)
  15. The Jean Genie (4:08)
  16. Suffragette City (3:25)
  17. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (5:31)
Live Santa Monica ’72
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21 September 1994

Rarest Live
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October 1999

Rarest Live

  1. Queen Bitch (3:05)
  2. Space Oddity (3:46)
  3. Five Years (4:18)
  4. Life on Mars? (3:51)
  5. Andy Warhol (1:00)
  6. The Supermen (3:03)
  7. Moonage Daydream (3:51)
  8. The Width Of A Circle (8:07)
  9. John, I'm Only Dancing (2:43)
Santa Monica '72

Santa Monica '72

  1. Intro (0:48)
  2. Hang on to Yourself (2:50)
  3. Ziggy Stardust (3:44)
  4. Changes (3:50)
  5. The Supermen (3:03)
  6. Life on Mars? (3:51)
  7. Five Years (4:18)
  8. Space Oddity (3:46)
  9. Andy Warhol (1:00)
  10. My Death (5:27)
  11. The Width Of A Circle (8:07)
  12. Queen Bitch (3:05)
  13. Moonage Daydream (3:51)
  14. John, I'm Only Dancing (2:43)
  15. Wating For The Man (6:01)
  16. The Jean Genie (4:08)
  17. Suffragette City (3:25)
  18. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (5:31)
The All American Bowie

The All American Bowie

  1. My Death (5:27)
  2. Alladin Sane (1913 1938 197?)
  3. Five Years (4:18)
  4. The Width Of A Circle (8:07)
  5. Ziggy Stardust (3:44)
  6. Changes (3:50)
  7. Panic in Detroit (4:25)
  8. Time (5:23)
  9. Suffragette City (3:25)
The Man Who Sold The World
21 August 2006

The Rise and Rise of Ziggy Stardust: BBC Radio Session 1967-1972
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