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to_dizzy
(grinning soul)
02/22/05 05:38 AM
Who is the "Young American?"  

David Bowie's Young Americans opens with a modern, loveless couple fornicating in a car. Never has Bowie used a better metaphor for what America had become: spiritually empty, lifeless and corrupt.

Both members of this couple are yearning for the spiritual fulfillment epitomized by the "Young American," the pilgrim who came to America while this land was still green and young, longing for the freedom to worship without persecution.

Symbols of decaying America are littered throughout: Barbie dolls, Mustangs, pimps, hustlers. There is only one reference to religious fulfillment in this song, the word "soul," yet it is cheapened by the ironic reference to a television program: Soul Train.

Bowie decries his own emptiness in this song, the razor is a reference to his own drug use and depression and he longs for one beautiful, heartbreaking piece of music to spring from a spiritually barren land.

Like the green harbour lights in the Great Gatsby, the "Young American" symbolizes what the modern, drab couple in the song yearns for: spiritual fulfillment, peace, and a relationship with God.



diamondogz74
(freecloud)
02/22/05 07:28 AM
Re: Who is the "Young American?" new [re: to_dizzy]  

In reply to:

David Bowie's Young Americans opens with a modern, loveless couple fornicating in a car. Never has Bowie used a better metaphor for what America had become: spiritually empty, lifeless and corrupt.


The car that pulls in behind the fridge? well I know americans like BIG machines but that is rediculous, Im not sure what he means by that fridge word

A very interesting read indeed and why would he want to sock a woman on the jaw? yakking too much maybe? lots of questions need answering to these lyrics, I can remember reading the line Mama's got cramps was originally written as Mama's got crabs but would not be allowed, who else has ever heard of this please?


London Bye Ta-Ta...

pablopicasso
(acolyte)
02/22/05 07:38 AM
Re: Who is the "Young American?" new [re: diamondogz74]  

Ant, it was only last week that you told me that it was in fact bridge, not fridge.

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diamondogz74
(freecloud)
02/22/05 07:50 AM
Re: Who is the "Young American?" new [re: pablopicasso]  

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Ant, it was only last week that you told me that it was in fact bridge, not fridge.


Yeah I know Alan but I was asking what was the correct word used and you said it was definately fridge, the reason I brought this subject up was because on the lyrics page of TW it says this...

Many lyric sheets have the first line as They pulled in just behind the fridge, but upon listening it really is They pulled in just behind the bridge, which makes a lot more sense!

So what is it? and why duz it not make any sense? Im sure someone knows? like I said Alan I've always used the word fridge and will continue to do so, It's etched on my brain forever now the word is fridge, I've tried singing Bridge but it duz not sound the same, could it be that the word fridge is a euphemism and if so what? I ask this in all honesty because since seeing the different word used it has irritated me very much.



London Bye Ta-Ta...

guiltpuppy
(electric tomato)
02/22/05 08:46 AM
Re: Who is the "Young American?" new [re: diamondogz74]  

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So what is it?



It's definitely bridge. I mean, just listen to it closely, it's not that hard to tell. Of course, "b" and "f" are similar enough sounds that you could hear either of them if you really wanted to, but for me, that "f" seems to take a lot more imagination.

I'd whip out BoB and see if his lips can be read to be certain, but I just don't care that much.

The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had.

diamondogz74
(freecloud)
02/22/05 09:08 AM
Re: Who is the "Young American?" new [re: guiltpuppy]  

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I'd whip out BoB and see if his lips can be read to be certain, but I just don't care that much.


Thank you and I do care, It matters to me very much, I really cannot see how you say a "B" can sound like an "F".

In reply to:

but for me, that "f" seems to take a lot more imagination.


That's what makes Bowie so special.



London Bye Ta-Ta...

pablopicasso
(acolyte)
02/22/05 09:55 AM
Re: Who is the "Young American?" new [re: diamondogz74]  

My lyric sheet with my RCA album says fridge, my EMI 1990 remastered cd says bridge.

Hope that clears up the confusion

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diamondogz74
(freecloud)
02/22/05 10:00 AM
Re: Who is the "Young American?" new [re: pablopicasso]  

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Hope that clears up the confusion


Oh yeah as clear as mud


London Bye Ta-Ta...

Strawman
(acolyte)
02/22/05 10:05 AM
Re: Who is the "Young American?" new [re: guiltpuppy]  

In reply to:

It's definitely bridge. I mean, just listen to it closely, it's not that hard to tell.


Says the pussy who mistook the harmonica for a horn in Always Crashing In The Same Car.

A mans gotta delete, what a mans gotta delete

ChesireCat
(kook)
02/22/05 11:30 AM
Pulling in and out.... new [re: diamondogz74]  

AntZ, I think it's all in the context.

They pull in just behind the bridge...

Where would they pull in from to get behind a fridge? I think that going along with pianocr...dizzy's interpretation, they pull in from a freeway into a bridge to have sex. I've always pictured this first part of the song going on in the back of a corvette, with the man wearing one of those 50's football/high school jackets and the couple making out in the back seat.

So the football jock gets his girlfriend pregnant (it took him minutes and took her nowhere...) and there goes the american dream she had; but she DID want that "Young American".

`Would you tell me which way to go ?' said Alice
`That depends on where you want to get to,' said the Cat
`I don't much care where --'
`Then it doesn't matter which way you go'



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