Bowie, David - Bombers Lyrics




All clear wail the sirens
Sunshine on the wasteland
Old man sitting in the white sand
Think we're in for a big surprise
Right between the eyes

Seemed a good idea
To drop a bomb on the wasteland here
Only one man could be seen
And he was old and so serene
Captain sat in his deck chair
And the red light flashed, beware
Pilot felt quite big-time
As the bomb sailed through the air
Well, they danced and sang
When the bang went bang
When the lights popped out
And the smoke began to clear
It was positively queer

All clear wail the sirens
Sunshine on the wasteland
Old man sitting in the white sand
Think we're in for a big surprise
Right between the eyes

"Die" said the General
"Cobblers" said the man
So the Pentagon sent a cable
And the Queen a telegram
A-bombs, H-bombs, even very small ones
Ripped apart that sand
'Til the stench was just revolting
And the sky a greenish tan
But the soldier said "Sir,
there's a crack in the world"
And the figures went "squash",
And the bits flew far and wide
How the universe sighed!

All clear wail the sirens
Sunshine on the wasteland
Old man sitting in the white sand
Think we're in for a big surprise
Right between the eyes

All clear wail the sirens
Sunshine on the wasteland
Old man sitting in the white sand
Think we're in for a big surprise
Right between the eyes

When the smoke had blown away
There was nothing left to view
Except a man dear Lord who looked like you
Floating high up in the sky





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  1. N.Z. Storm Waver

    I love how it sounds so upbeat but the lyrics are so deep and dark.

  2. Gee Buttersnaps

    The bum bum bum bum part is actually someone saying it onamonapia, not an instrument at a low note. I had wondered why I was so insatiably drawn to bumming along. :p

  3. David Bolger

    The Lemmy and Bowie comparisons will always continue.......... which isn’t always a bad thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Kevin Jones

    Wow cool, possibly my favorite song he made

  5. Timothy Flyte

    Sounds like that Bullet hit, White lies Blue Eyes on the chorus.

  6. Jonny Rolling

    Even the Hunky Dory outtakes were brilliant.

  7. Jason Lefler

    Nothing against Fill Your Heart,
    I just feel that Bombers is better.
    Bombers into Andy Warhol is a beautiful segue.

    Flattop box

    Oooh,...segue you say !!!!

  8. Tom H

    I love this fucking song. Bumbed it wasn't in Hunky Dory, but Fill Your Heart is such a brillant song.

    Jake Fettes

    See if you can scope out the 1991 cd reissue. It's got the song as a bonus track along with a stunning demo version of "Quicisand".

    Gee Buttersnaps

    Classic pfp bois.

  9. Andy Seven

    Reminds me of Peter Hammill.

  10. spiones2

    Maybe the reason this song wasn't there is because thematically it's similar to oh! you pretty things...

  11. spiones2

    So does this song remind anyone else of ts Elliot, Especially gonnorhea and wasteland, but in a mocking manner to life, the way catch-22 does...

  12. Kevin Rachman

    bowie was so good this an outtake

  13. Mikael Cruz

    If this song be in the album instead of fill your heart hunky dory will be perfect

  14. David Edwards

    Fantastic song, but I prefer Fill Your Heart for Hunky Dory. The melody of FYH is incredible, and the cover Bowie recorded was a really great arrangement. I also like this song played a bit slower. .75 is too slow, but .85 or .9 would probably sound really good.

  15. Annika Holland

    There's a crack in the world.

  16. WinterShiny

    Where was this recorded? I'm disappointed that I can only get the Bowie at the Beeb version on ITunes, his voice is much too quiet in comparison to the music... This version sounds amazing!

    DJosephWells

    The former trident studios in soho, central london, as was the whole album.

  17. Aidan Kaye [S.T.M. Productions]

    (Lyrics)

    All clear wail the sirens
    Sunshine on the wasteland
    Old man sitting in the white sand
    Think we're in for a big surprise
    Right between the eyes
    Seemed a good idea
    To drop a bomb on the wasteland here
    Only one man could be seen
    And he was old and so serene
    Captain sat in his deck chair
    And the red light flashed Beware
    Pilot felt quite big-time
    As the bomb sailed through the air
    Well, they danced and sang
    When the bang went bang
    When the lights popped out
    And the smoke began to clear
    It was positively queer
    All clear wail the sirens
    Sunshine on the wasteland
    Old man sitting in the white sand
    Think we're in for a big surprise
    Right between the eyes
    "Die" said the General
    "Cobblers" said the man
    So the Pentagon sent a cable
    And the Queen a telegram
    A-bombs, H-bombs, even very small ones
    Ripped apart that sand
    'Til the stench was just revolting
    And the sky a greenish tan
    But the soldier said "Sir,
    There's a crack in the world"
    And the figures went "squash",
    And the bits flew far and wide
    How the universe sighed!
    All clear wail the sirens
    Sunshine on the wasteland
    Old man sitting in the white sand
    Think we're in for a big surprise
    Right between the eyes
    All clear wail the sirens
    Sunshine on the wasteland
    Old man sitting in the white sand
    Think we're in for a big surprise
    Right between the eyes
    When the smoke had blown away
    There was nothing left to view
    Except a man dear Lord who looked like you
    Floating high up in the sky

    Barry Greenwood-Dean

    Word perfect 👨‍🎤

  18. Aidan Kaye [S.T.M. Productions]

    I've been attempting to memorize this song for SO long, it's not really working.

  19. Bobby Arp

    Well I've done it.. I've found my favorite song ever

  20. Art Vandelay

    Biggest and best earworm ever.

  21. JussiSJ

    I take it hes got a B52 in his song too. Such a great bomber as it is!

  22. Rebecca Rabbit72

    Why on earth wasn't this track on the Five Years 'Re:Call 1' cd??

  23. MeloLand

    Perfect song.

  24. murielsartre

    I just realized something: Bowie re-used the few seconds' lead-in to the chorus of _Bombers_ for _Loving the Alien_ — and in turn, the BBC's Sci-Fi comedy Red Dwarf used that for _their_ lead-in to the chorus of the show's theme.

    Ziggy Freecloud

    They sure did, only realised myself recently

    DJosephWells

    Good ears!

    N.Z. Storm Waver

    I recognize it in the Red Dwarf theme now too.

  25. burpie

    THIS SONG MAKES ME SO HAPPY!! <3

  26. Ben Rifkin

    Driving south on Nevada highway 93 with this on repeat

  27. King Flippy Nips

    i dunno about everyone else but my cd copy of hunky dory has bombers on it

    Ziggy Freecloud

    Mine didn't, great song tho.

    ROBERT DEAN

    fishboy1111111 added as a bonus track on later editions

  28. B Owie

    Omikron soul has some lovely rarities!

  29. murielsartre

    Everybody sing!

    *"'All clear!' wailed the sirens...!"*

    ihaveno mouth

    +murielsartre

    "Sunshine on the waste land!"

  30. Joshua D'Arcy

    Amazing

  31. Charlene Elizabeth

    reminds me of Neil Young at the beginning with the backup vocals :)

    Melted Ice Cream

    Same here

    Gus Sandoval

    yes, reminds me of neil young at the very end section with just the piano, and his stringy high pitched voice

  32. neale floyd

    love you david x

  33. Adam Powell

    Yes it's better than Fill Your Heart

  34. saphaelseven sevenseven

    It was only was on the cassette version of Hunky Dory for some reason

  35. Bowie Burton

    R.I.P My Love

  36. cookster1001

    Should have been on Hunky Dory. Sounds a bit like Blur (which of course I know this pre-dates)

  37. Space Marketeer Kelly

    The man truly responsible for the rock of today and more importantly the joy of music shared between millions and millions.

    I know you're "floating high up in the sky" as an angel would.

  38. BlueVangaCovers

    Can you hear rhythm problems between drums and vocals at about minute 1:10?

    Tim Hurley

    +BlueVangaCovers ~ Nope, it's a syncopated rhythm recorded as intended.

  39. Kainlarsen

    My college years were full of Bowie and pre-facebook internet... Good times, man.

    nutsackmania

    +Kainlarsen fuck you

  40. asd

    It would have been nice to have this on Hunky Dory, but I'm glad the album was as it is. I feel something just might have been out of place.

  41. veritaseros

    I love this so much! Should've taken the place of Fill Your Heart.

    Christopher Thomas

    +veritaseros
    Good suggestion!

    Steven Stratton

    True....and the Superman (HD CD extra track 1992) should have been placed.... But, Bowie wily fox he was knew it was too proto punk for the time....

    Ziggy Freecloud

    Without a doubt. I would have preferred Buzz The Fuzz which was a stronger Biff song IMO.

    Melted Ice Cream

    Agreed, it was original supposed to but at the last minute Bowie picked Fill Your Heart, which is a shame.

    JPD3

    Pretty sure 'The Supermen' pre-dates that, it was the last track on his 'The Man Who Sold The World' which as you know came before Hunky Dory, but I think the track was changed slightly or extended, cant quite remember

  42. Annalise

    i giggled at the end lmao I did not expect david to go to that note

    Marisol Morón - Garcia

    It makes me think of Spongebob singing that knitted sweater song everytime

  43. dudstep

    Bombers is better than Fill Your Heart. But I suppose it would have been a bit out of place on the album where the only real rocker is Queen Bitch.

    Not Happy Not Lucky And I Don't Go

    Biff should of been kicked to the curb. This belonged on that album.

  44. Robert Harley

    This should have been on Hunk Dory. It would of been my favourite track next to 'Kooks'

  45. Ed Preti

    Absolute lost classic.

  46. bgweil

    I think this song fits with the rest of Hunky Dory far better than Fill your Heart does, which is either too sappy or too vicious, depending on your impression.

  47. CloseToThe Edge

    awesome song :D

  48. peter deprins

    I have this on casset,on RYKO records,the out-takes on each album

  49. ZZDave22

    Truly Amazing.

  50. IoEstasCedonta

    Either this or Candidate should be a campaign song.

  51. DeadMoney

    @ElvisFerdinand And you're proud of yourself, moron?

  52. Elvis Ferdinand Holberg

    I disliked this to be an annoying ass, even though i like the song :)

  53. Ap-el foxyoxy

    @shonawilleatyou shh, don't say that, trolls will dislike it

  54. Sara Boyer

    @Manwithcam it was on the version of hunky dory I have
    and The bewley brothers

  55. Sara Boyer

    @Manwithcam it was on the version of hunky dory I have

  56. shona mai

    0 dislikes ;]

  57. bluewools

    The beeb version is better, more piano.

  58. TherealMrChristophel

    @Toblarone1200 Franz Ferdinand isn't THAT old

  59. livegems

    @Toblarone1200 Yeah: by the English in the South Australian desert 1952-63... first bombs in the AIR... fried aborigines; soldiers were told: if you tell your families you will either hang or get 30 years.

  60. Ileia23

    I feel like this song should be on School House Rock.

  61. Vargrrr

    Love it <3

  62. Davinia Osgood

    Die said the general
    *Cobblers said the man
    So the Pentagon sent a cable
    And the Queen a telegram

    *Loves the use of the word Cobblers

  63. dan marva

    @TRAdamTM is that a sarcastic comment or its true?

  64. TRAdamTM

    Hi I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite David Bowie song in the whole Universe.

  65. Sejr

    after i got Bowie at the beeb and heard this one, I almost stopped breathing greatest Bowie song ever. So freakin cheery and it got a message!

  66. durcysaloon

    I really enjoy this song. It is really catchy. Bowie is just great.

  67. IoEstasCedonta

    He was right it leave this off the album. It's not bad, but it's not up to the standards set by one of his greatest albums; it would have been more fitting on Space Oddity or Man Who Sold the World.

  68. Bowiefan1995

    @pinkflud And to think he was high for a good portion of the 70s

  69. Ian Finlay

    @TheRideArounds Think so ? I dont hear that myself.

  70. Ian Finlay

    @movieonyoureyelids Dont you mean favorite song OFF Hunky Dory ?

  71. CandleSwan

    I love this song! I didn't even know it existed until now and it's fantastic <3

  72. Daniel Barry

    GREAT!! I thought I heard all the Bowie stuff from this period. A nice surprise!!!

  73. SonataFanatica

    My favourite Bowie-Non-Album-Track! :) :)

  74. TheRideArounds

    sounds alot like queen, good song

  75. JORGE ALBERTO BARON

    CANCION DE 1971

  76. PompadourSamurai

    I agree on both choices.

  77. thomas tuemand skals

    BOMB! BOMB! BOMB! one of the best songs ever! i love you bowie :o)

  78. PompadourSamurai

    Happiest track about armageddon ever

  79. almadora english

    an instant wild electric jolt of sure-fire fun from the very first note. catchy, coy, flirtatious, hard, and utterly irresistible. thanks.

  80. thepsychadelicrider

    There was an American band called Bullet who had a one hit wonder back in '71 called White Lies Blue Eyes....sounds just like Bowies song Bombers.

  81. S. Mizrahi

    I agree with you. But I also think Song for Bob Dylan is quality.Bowie is so versatile that people like you will talk shit about one song while being able to love others..and forget that it's all BOWIE.If you love BOWIE for who he is before simply loving what he's made then you can start by saying"In my PERSONAL opinion.etc.But if you just love Bowie's songs before loving Bowie than your appreciation of his music is worthless.Forget your head and you'll be free yeaThe writing on the wall.

  82. MagellanOfBass

    Sorry I meant Hunky Dory rofl

  83. MagellanOfBass

    I agree... And I read that this song (Bombers) was left out and replaced with Fill Your Heart (which is not even Bowie's - it's a cover)... That's one of my least favourites off Hunky Fory... It would've been much better with Bombers!!

    Velvet Goldmine? Never heard it, will look it up.

  84. Ian Finlay

    I cant figuer why both this and Velvet Goldmine, two of Bowies coolest and most original songs from this era, were excluded from the initial cut of that album wheres a dud like Song For Bob Dylan, one of Bowies WORST songs ever, DID get included?! Hmmm Go figuer. He's been performing these two gems though at some of his recent concerts I understand, wich makes me hapy.

  85. Ian Finlay

    This song was recorded in 1971 during the sesions wich culminated in the album 'Hunky Dory, yet was initialy left off, but was finaly included on the CD version of that album nearly twenty years later!

  86. Andrew L

    One of the catchiest early Bowie tracks. Would have been the most catchy on Hunky Dory, I think. To bad it wasn't used.

  87. pabulum28

    I'm 29 but I bought this album (with Bombers as a bonus track) like ten years ago...I remember really digging this song back in 1998or so. Thank you SO much for posting this (coincidentally, it was like JUST posted a couple of weeks ago, and I just searched for this for the first time this evening...thanks again).