Teenage Wildlife

I Can't Read (The Song)

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Words and music by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels.

Lyrics

There are two versions of these lyrics, the alternate version being that used for the Ice Storm soundtrack.

I can't read and I can't write down
I don't know a book from countdown
I don't care which shadow gets me
All I've got is someone's face

Money goes to money heaven
Bodies go to body hell
I just cough, catch the chase
Switch the channel watch the police car

CHORUS
  I can't read shit anymore
  I just sit back and ignore
  I just can't get it right, can't get it right
  I can't read shit I can't read shit

When you see a famous smile
No matter where you run your mile
To be right in that photograph
Andy where's my fifteen minutes

CHORUS

In the alternate version, the last two verses are interchanged, and the lyrics for the new second verse become (thanks Gilly):

Can I see a family smile
I can I reach tomorrow
Can I walk a missing mile
Can I feel, Can I please?

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This document last updated Wednesday, 15-Mar-2000 13:25:52 EST
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