Breaking Glass (song)

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"Breaking Glass"
Bowie BreakingGlass.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album Stage
B-side "Art Decade"
"Ziggy Stardust"
Released November 1978
Format 7" single
Recorded Either Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28/29 April; Providence, Rhode Island, 5 May or Boston, Massachusetts, 6 May 1978
Genre Art rock
Length 1:52 (Low version)
3:28 (Stage version)
Label RCA Records
BOW 1
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Tony Visconti
David Bowie singles chronology
"Beauty and the Beast"
(1978)
"Breaking Glass"
(1978)
"Boys Keep Swinging"
(1979)

"Beauty and the Beast"
(1978)
"Breaking Glass"
(1978)
"Boys Keep Swinging"
(1979)

"Breaking Glass" is a song by the English singer/songwriter David Bowie. It was co-written by Bowie, bassist George Murray and drummer Dennis Davis in September 1976. Originally a track on Bowie's 1977 album Low, a reworked version of the song was a regular on the Isolar II Tour. A live version from that tour was used as the lead track on a 7" EP to promote his second live album, Stage in 1978. The EP reached number 54 on the UK Singles Chart in December 1978.

In the US, the track "Star" was chosen as the lead track for the live EP (with "What in the World" and "Breaking Glass" as B-sides), but failed to chart, while in Japan, "Soul Love" was released to promote Stage (with "Blackout" as the B-side).

"Breaking Glass" has been performed by Bowie on his Isolar II, Serious Moonlight, Outside, Heathen and A Reality tours.

Lyrics

The original song was uncompromising even by Low's standards. The fractured lyric is, like several songs written during Bowie's stay in Berlin, introspective of his dark, drug-filled period living in America in 1975-1976. Its lyrics, when written out, look potentially more like a paragraph than a song, and when separated into phrases, the song has a disjointed feeling. The song is also curiously short, not spanning two minutes and only going through one verse.

The lines "Don't look at the carpet; I drew something awful on it" refer to Bowie's practice of drawing the Tree of Life on the floor during that period, as he was interested in Aleister Crowley and Qabbala at the time.

Track listing

  1. "Breaking Glass" (David Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray) – 3:28
  2. "Art Decade" (Bowie) – 3:10
  3. "Ziggy Stardust" (Bowie) – 3:32

Production credits

Live versions

Other releases

References

  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5
Specific
  1. ^ "A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982) - David Bowie Latest News". DavidBowie.com. 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
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