David Bowie – My Top 100 Favorite Songs: 95

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I recently witnessed the biggest David Bowie fan I know count down his top 100 favorite songs. These were private posts, meant solely for his facebook family and friends. Something really cool happened over those 100 days.

I’d like to share that countdown with you. Read along, embark upon Niall Colgan’s personal journey while he narrates some of the most intimate aspects of his life with his undying passion for the art of David Bowie. The vid below is a short intro, scroll directly beneath to read the countdown.

Number 95: Thursday’s Child

Sometimes I cry my heart to sleep
Shuffling days and lonesome nights… 

 

Thursday’s Child is the first track chosen from Hours, for this countdown.  After the upbeat, electric energy that Bowie displayed on Earthling, Hours came as a shock to fans who were perhaps expecting more of the same. Despite some criticisms of it being “lazy” or “dull”, I saw this album as a welcome change of pace. I love this facet of Bowie; he is dark and reflective, personal and true. This Bowie speaks to me on a deeply personal level; I connected with it from the very first drop of the needle. Glorious!

On Thursday’s Child, Bowie reveals his humanity to us. He admits that much of his life was spent gripped by fear and regret. I also believe that “Thursday’s Child” was meant as an homage to his wife Iman, whom he credits with saving his life. Now 52, David was clean and sober and happily married; this helps contextualize the subject matter of this lp.  Ever reflective, he reveals regret at having achieved his dreams because he knows they led him towards a path that tortured and nearly killed him.  Then again, his dark journey was the same one which put him on the path to meeting Iman, so was the suffering ultimately worth it? This album reveals a a regretful and deeply sad Bowie, one who openly admits to sometimes crying himself to sleep. Thursday’s Child has David bearing his soul to us.  He sings to every person who feels like they don’t belong, those of us who are falling and need a hand.

In the chorus he asks to be given another chance at life; Throw me tomorrow! He reveals that he survived the storm and it is coming together for him. That gave me such hope! As someone who has struggled with confidence issues and deep self loathing, I felt David was speaking directly to me! Alcohol and drugs hid my pain and numbed my fear, made me forget my own self-hatred. Like Bowie, it controlled my life and turned me into something I wasn’t.  As it turned out, the facade I adopted only made things worse; I was fucked either way. Thursdays Child resonated with me on so many levels. The song’s pace and melody was perfect for me during that moment in my life. The lyrics cut deep, really deep. To hear your hero speak of his fears being cast aside, to have him confirm that finding love helped him deal with regret. I needed this to be true!  David had stated that Thursdays Child was, indeed, autobiographical. Was he still feeling those fears, was he just being reflective or was the pain still there? I needed to know, I had a personal stake and was grasping for answers. Was this period of self-reflection the catalyst which led him to re-record his favorite early songs, one year later?  I believe so. This period of Bowie’s life reflected his need to sort out his past to ensure a happy future, the song reveals as much. After all of his wild success, did Bowie really still consider himself a failure? And what does he mean by breaking his like into two ? Jones to Bowie? And then Bowie into someone else? The pieces kept me going, the spiraling chaos of my own life needed to put together the puzzle.  I needed help, David was there to shed a light and give me hope.

I adore his broken voice on this song. The melancholy is perfectly captured in the video, especially during the flashback scenes to his younger self. His reflective tone reveals a man yearning to advise his younger self on the path he should be taking. The course of time cannot be altered, but he wishes he could have helped his younger self navigate the hard parts. Bowie eventually concludes that wisdom can only be acquired through the process of overcoming the most difficult aspects of one’s life.

I get it; I get this.

READ 100, 99, 98, 97,96

Thursday’s Child

All of my life I’ve tried so hard
Doing my best with what I had
Nothing much happened all the same

Something about me stood apart
A whisper of hope that seemed to fail
Maybe I’m born right out of my time
Breaking my life in two

(Throw me tomorrow, oh oh)
Now that I really got a chance
(Throw me tomorrow, oh oh )
Everything’s falling into place
(Throw me tomorrow, oh oh)
Seeing my past to let it go
(Throw me tomorrow, oh oh)
Only for you I don’t regret

And I was Thursday’s child
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, born I was)
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, born I was)

Sometimes I cry my heart to sleep
Shuffling days and lonesome nights
Sometimes my courage fell to my feet

Lucky old son is in my sky
Nothing prepared me for your smile
Lighting the darkness of my soul
Innocence in your arms

(Throw me tomorrow, oh oh)
Now that I really got a chance
(Throw me tomorrow, oh oh )
Oh ho, everything’s falling into place
(Throw me tomorrow, oh oh)
Seeing my past to let it go
(Throw me tomorrow, oh oh)
Only for you I don’t regret
And I was Thursday’s child

(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, born I was)
Thursday’s child
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, born I was)
Thursday’s child
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, born I was)
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, born I was)
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, born I was)
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, born I was)

I’ve often heard from people ridiculous statements that he didn’t make a good album since 1983, I genuinely feel sorry for people that haven’t discovered the albums that hopefully you will discover in this series… enjoy 🤗