I Can't Read

by David Bowie

I can't read and I can't write down
I don't know a book from countdown
I don't care which shadow gets me
All I've got is someone's face

Money goes to money heaven
Bodies go to body hell
I just cough, catch the chase
Switch the channel watch the police car

I can't read shit anymore
I just sit back and ignore
I just can't get it right, can't get it right
I can't read shit
I can't read shit

When you see a famous smile
No matter where you run your mile
To be right in that photograph
Andy where's my fifteen minutes?

I can't read shit anymore
I just sit back and ignore
I just can't get it right, can't get it right
I can't read shit
I can't read shit





After listening to Bowie's song
and after reading the lyrics,
consider these questions:



Is Bowie himself the speaker of the song
or has he assumed a persona?

If you believe it's a persona, what do you think Bowie's
attitude is towards the "person" he has created?

What does Bowie suggest about the speaker's
reasons for his inabilty to read?

What do you think Bowie's main point is?
Is it presented in too heavy-handed a manner,
or does Bowie get it just about right?