Take My Tip

 

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‘Take My Tip’ – Single Version (1965)

Lyrics

You think you're gonna please her
So you walk right up and tease her
But she walks right on by
You're scared to walk beside her
'Cause you're playing with the spider who possess the sky
She got the green backs, my-oh-my
You gotta act tall, think big, if you wanna make a mark in her book
Gotta get ahead, get a car, fancy clothes
Or she'll throw you right off her hook
Here's the news- you are but one fish in her back garden scene
Gonna make like a shark to be free
Something bad on your mind
Take my tip- get on out
Take my tip- get on out

You can't give all you got to take something back
Before she'll put you right up on her rack
With some others in mind
Take my tip- get on out
Take my tip- get on out

You think you're gonna please her
So you walk right up and tease her
But she walks right on by
You're scared to walk beside her
'Cause you're playing with the tiger who possess the sky
She got the green backs, my-oh-my
You gotta act tall, think big, if you wanna make a mark in her book
Gotta get ahead, get a car, fancy clothes
Or she'll throw you right off her hook
Here's the news- you are but one fish in her back garden scene
Gonna make like a shark to be free
Something bad on your mind
Get it off, take my tip
Get it off, take my tip

You can't give all you have to take something back
Before she'll put you right up on the rack
With some others in mind
Take my tip- get on out
Take my tip- get on out
Take my tip- get on out
Take my tip- get on out

Take My Tip B

Nerds gather around, here’s some Bowie trivia: ‘Take My Tip’, the B-side to the single ‘I Pity The Fool’ (released 5th March 1965 under the EMI Parlophone label), has found its mark in Bowie history for two reasons. First, the song is the first-ever published song which was written and composed by young David Bowie (aka David Jones). Second, ‘Take My Tip’ was also the first-ever Bowie song to be covered: even before The Manish Boys began recording the single in January 1965 Shel Talmy, the band’s producer, had already envisaged this song to be recorded by American actor Kenny Miller who wanted to make it big in the UK pop scene. ‘Take My Tip’ would become the B-side of his single ‘Restless’ which was recorded in February 1965.

Like ‘I Pity The Fool’ the B-Side features a nice riff from guest guitarist Jimmy Page. But unlike ‘I Pity The Fool’ the B-Side did not lean on American soul music, but rather on American jazzy types such as John Hendricks, Oscar Brown or even the British singer Georgia Fame. ‘Take My Tip’ starts off quite originally with a clunky chord sequence which was only driven by the lyrics that actually become vivid as the song moves on.

Due to time constraints, both songs, ‘I Pity The Fool’ and ‘Take My Tip’, were recorded only twice on 15th January. Hence, for both songs two versions exist. Funnily, in one version of ‘Take My Tip’ Bowie makes a mistake – but let’s hear it from organist Bob Solly who told Record Collector in 2000 the following:

Davie fluffs his own line on that song. What should have been “spider who possesses the sky” came out as “bider who possesses the sky”! It didn’t really matter; the lyrics were secondary in those days.

For the official release, however, the fluffed version was chosen. The ‘flawless’ demo version which first appeared on the Early On compilation in 1991 can be heard here:

‘Take My Tip’ – Alternate Take

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Discography

Single Version:

  • Vinyl I Pity The Fool (A-Side) / Take My Tip (B-Side) 3/1965
  • Vinyl The Manish Boys / Davy Jones & The Lower 3rd EP 1979
  • Vinyl Bowie 1965! EP 2013

Alternate Vocal:

  • CD Early On (1964-1966) 1991

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Musicians

  • Davie Jones (vocal, alto saxophone)
  • Paul Rodriguez (tenor saxophone, trumpet)
  • Woolf Byrne (baritone saxophone)
  • Johnny Flux (lead guitar)
  • Bob Solly (keyboards)
  • John Watson (bass)
  • Mick White (drums)
  • Jimmy Page (lead guitar)
  • Produced by Shel Talmy
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