Who Sang The Ballad of the Adventurers? David Bowie

David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1982
length: 2:01
producer: Tony Visconti
arranger: Dominic Muldowney
vocal: David Bowie
Sickened by sun, with rainstorms lashing him rotten
A looted wreath crowning his tangled hair
Every moment of his youth apart from its dream was forgotten
Gone the roof overhead, but the sky was always there

Oh you, who are flung out, alike from heaven and from Hades
You murderers who've been so bitterly repaid
Why did you part from the mothers who nursed you as babies
It was peaceful and you slept and there you stayed

Still he explores and rakes the absinthe green oceans
Though his mother has given him up for lost
Grinning and cursing with a few odd tears of contrition
Always in search of that land where life seems best

Loafing through hells and flocked through paradises
Calm and grinning, with a vanishing face
At times he still dreams of a small field he recognises
With a blue sky overhead and nothing else

7" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Baal’s Hymn
  • 2 Remembering Marie A.
  • 3 The Ballad of the Adventurers
  • 4 The Drowned Girl
  • 5 Dirty Song

  • Release information
    label: RCA
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 7" Vinyl
    script: Latin