Who Sang Glass Spider? David Bowie

David Bowie Never Let Me Down cover art
writers: David Bowie
release date: 1987-4-18
genres: Electronic Rock Pop
styles: Synth-pop/Pop Rock/New Wave
length: 5:31
producer: David Bowie and David Richards
mixer: Bob Clearmountain
additional recording engineer: Malcolm Pollack
assistant mixer: David Richards
assistant engineer: Jon Goldberger, Justin Shirley‐Smith and André Gauchat
alto saxophone: Stan Harrison
additional keyboard: David Bowie
guitar: Carlos Alomar and Peter Frampton
lead vocals: David Bowie
additional guitar: David Bowie
mellotron: David Bowie
tambourine: David Bowie and Carlos Alomar
Moog: David Bowie
harmonica: David Bowie
guitar synthesizer: Carlos Alomar
drums (drum set): Erdal Kızılçay
keyboard: Erdal Kızılçay
trumpet: Laurie Frink, Erdal Kızılçay and Earl Gardner
bass: Erdal Kızılçay
sitar: Peter Frampton
additional bass: Carmine Rojas
percussion: Crusher Bennett
flugelhorn: Earl Gardner
baritone saxophone: Steve Elson
tenor saxophone: Lenny Pickett
background vocals: Carlos Alomar, Erdal Kızılçay, Robin Clark, Lani Groves, Diva Gray, Gordon Grody and David Bowie
Up until one century ago there lived,
In the Zi Duang provence of eastern country
A glass-like spider.
Having devoured its prey it would drape the skeletons over its web,
In weeks creating a macabre

Shrine of remains
Its web was also unique in that it had many layers,
Like floors in a building

At the top of this palace-like place, assembled with almost apparent
Care, were tiny, shining objects, glass, beads, dew-drops.
One could almost call it an altar.
When the breeze blew through this construction,
It produced sounds of wailing, crying.
Tiny wails, tiny cries.

The baby spiders would get scared and search frantically
For their mother.
But the Glass Spider would have long gone, having known that the babies
Would survive someone on their own.
Oh-The Glass Spider had blue eyes almost like-a human's.
They shed tears at the wintered turn of the centuries.

Don't you hear this wasted cry, Life is over you
(Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone)
But you've seen who's in heaven. Is there anyone in hell
(Mummy come back 'cause it's dark now)
Take care, take care.
(Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone)
Somewhere she glows divine. Somewhere she wakes alone.
But you, you've promise in your lovin' eye. God it's dark now.

Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah
Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah

Gone, Gone the water's all gone
Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone
Stay low on the ground, fire can drive you, savage and afraid
Spitting the dawn, come come come along before the animals awake
Run, run, we've been moving all night, rivers to the left.
If your mother don't love you then the riverbed might
Gone, gone, the water's all gone
Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone

Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah
Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah

Gone gone the water's all gone
Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone

CD 1
  • 1 Day‐In Day‐Out
  • 2 Time Will Crawl
  • 3 Beat of Your Drum
  • 4 Never Let Me Down
  • 5 Zeroes
  • 6 Girls (Japanese version)
  • 7 Glass Spider
  • 8 Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)
  • 9 New York’s in Love
  • 10 ’87 and Cry
  • 11 Too Dizzy
  • 12 Bang Bang

  • Album Information
    label: EMI America
    country(area): Japan
    format: CD
    barcode: 4988006612396
    script: Latin