China Girl

China Girl

Since David Bowie songs are often running through my head, I wasn’t terribly surprised to hear this song when I read the prompt tonight. I have very fond memories associated with this song so it’s always a pleasure to listen to it. As a bonus, the video was shot in Australia and was making some kind of statement against racism apparently. The song had deeper meanings of course, it’s Bowie.

As a girl who thought music was just music and had no idea that music could have agendas and make statements, my thoughts were that this was a love song, a declaration that this man, could not live without this woman…

I could escape this feeling, with my China girl
I feel a wreck without my, little China girl
I hear her heart beating, loud as thunder
Saw they stars crashing
I’m a mess without my, little China girl
Wake up mornings where’s my, little China girl
I hear her heart’s beating, loud as thunder
Saw they stars crashing down

Then later, there is the warning…

I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
Plans for everyone
It’s in the whites of my eyes
My little China girl
You shouldn’t mess with me
I’ll ruin everything you are
You know, I’ll give you television
I’ll give you eyes of blue
I’ll give you men who want to rule the world

I don’t know, is it obvious that it’s about the impact and influx of Western society into Asia? Is it even about that? Or it about Iggy Pop being rejected by a hot Asian woman? Here’s the thing about writing, songs, poetry, stories. They are open to interpretation. Even by the original author. Maybe it started as a love song then Iggy and Dave went, wait a minute! We could be onto something here!

Whatever it means to you, I hope you enjoy it…

 

6 Comments

  1. David Bowie was amazing and a great loss to the world.

    1. Author

      Yes but he left an awesome legacy!

    1. Author

      One of my favourites! You’re welcome 🙂

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