Glad I’ve Got Nobody

David Bowie

‘Glad I’ve Got Nobody’ – Demo (1965)

Lyrics

Well, I'm glad I've got nobody
Yes, I'm glad I've got nobody
Oh, I'm glad I've got nobody
To be loved by me

All the world couldn't take your place
Another girl, another face
Wouldn't be the type of thing
Know I've found it out and see
Another girl standing next to me
Oh no, just you
Oh no, just you

Well, I couldn't find another you
Everywhere I go, I see your name
I couldn't find another you
Everywhere I go, it's just the same

And I'm glad I've got nobody
Oh, I'm glad I've got nobody
Yes, I'm glad I've got nobody

Well, I'm glad I've got nobody
Oh, I'm glad I've got nobody
And I'm glad I've got nobody
To be loved by me

All the world couldn't take your place
Another girl, another face
Wouldn't be the type of thing
Know I've found it out and see
Another girl standing next to me
Oh no, just you
Oh no, just you

Well, I couldn't find another you
Everywhere I go, I see your name
Well, I couldn't find another you
Everywhere I go, it's just the same

And I'm glad I've got nobody
Yes, I'm glad I've got nobody
Really glad I've got nobody, oh

Recorded at the IBC studio along with ‘I’ll Follow You’ and probably during the same session when ‘You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving’ was recorded (July 1965) this is the fifth and the last demo that has been locked away in Shel Talmy’s archives until he granted access to it in 1991 when all these previously unreleased demos were officially released on the early-Bowie anthology Early On. Is it revealing young Bowie’s hidden talent, unseen yet by the public which had not been triggered his singles in 1964 and 1965?

The simple answer is no. It’s one of the very bad demos that year. But it starts off promising: sounding a lot like The Kinks’ ‘Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy’ in the beginning and using the same sort off riffs. And then, what happens? We enter the middle section and I think even Bowie didn’t where to go with this song from here. The middle part and some sections in between show again the incoherence concerning the melodical connection of the parts. And lyrically, it isn’t Bowie’s finest moment either.

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Discography

  • CD Early On (1964-1966) 1991

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Musicians

  • David Jones (vocals, guitar, saxophone)
  • Dennis Taylor (guitar)
  • Graham Rivens (bass)
  • Phil Lancaster (drums)
  • Produced by Shel Talmy
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