Ashes to Ashes Lyrics

David Bowie


publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing, Peermusic Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, David Bowie
album: Track 4 in album Scary Monsters… and Super Creeps
release date: 1980-9
popularity : 75 users have visited this page.
length: 4:25
producer: David Bowie and Tony Visconti
piano: Roy Bittan
vocal: David Bowie
bass: George Murray
background vocals: Lynn Maitland, Tony Visconti and Chris Porter
guitar: Chuck Hammer, Robert Fripp and Carlos Alomar
keyboard: David Bowie
percussion: Dennis Davis
synthesizer: Andy Clark
composer: David Bowie
lyricist: David Bowie

Cover Art

David Bowie Scary Monsters… and Super Creeps cover art
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Do you remember a guy that's been
In such an early song?
I've heard a rumor from Ground Control
Oh no, don't say it's true

They got a message from the Action Man
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too
I've loved all I've needed, love
Sordid details following"

The shrieking of nothing is killing, just
Pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I
Ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
But I'm hoping to kick but the planet it's glowing

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

Time and again I tell myself
I'll stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
I'm stuck with a valuable friend
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too"
One flash of light but no smoking pistol

I never done good things (I never done good things)
I never done bad things (I never done bad things)
I never did anything out of the blue, woh-o-oh
Want an axe to break the ice
Wanna come down right now

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

My mother said, to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mother said, to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mother said, to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mother said, to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 It’s No Game, Part 1
  • 2 Up the Hill Backwards
  • 3 Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
  • 4 Ashes to Ashes
  • 5 Fashion
  • 6 Teenage Wildlife
  • 7 Scream Like a Baby
  • 8 Kingdom Come
  • 9 Because You’re Young
  • 10 It’s No Game, Part 2