Fate and The Gods - Our Custody Calls
You're released but your custody calls
And I want to be free
Don't you want to be free?
Bye bye love
Yeah bye bye love
I should live my life on bended knee
If I can't control my destiny
If I can't control the web we weave
My life will be lost in the fallen leaves
I don't want knowledge, I want certainty
The gods forgot they made me
So I forget them too
We can't avoid the clash, the big mistake
Now we're going to pay and pay
The sentence of our lives
This is our number
All my trials
Lord, will be remembered
I bet you laugh out loud at me
A chance to strike me down
I don't sit and wait
I don't give a damn
I don't see the point at all
I will give you all my love
Nothing else is free
Open up your heart to me
I would be your slave
The tutelary gods or tutelary deity(s) (Angels Have Gone, New Angels Of Promise, The Angel-Men) have forsaken the earthlings, the outsiders, the heathens, the hell-bound pretty things, and the dreamers!
Bowie insinuates that to fall prey to the gods is to become a mere machine, a puppet, a toy, a slave of Fate (a poor soul, a dunce or fool - all bruised passivity). Perhaps even a "prisoner of love". In this world love and loyalty subjugate and lead one into captivity.
The protagonist of "Slip Away" is a clown/joker doing time: "Oogie knew there's never ever time. Some of us will always stay behind. Once a time they nearly might have been, Bones and Oogie on a silver screen." The song itself is a profound lamentation, a dirge. The loss of opportunity and the failure of expectation it portrays are overwhelmingly sad.
This same loss of opportunity and failure of expectation also emerge in "Something In The Air" from the 'hours...' album:
Lived with the best times
Left with the worst
Danced with you too long
Nothing left to save
We've raged for the last time
A place of no return
Time, Fate, Destiny are controlled by the gods and angels and Bowie warns in "No Control" from the Outside album: "Don´t Tell God Your Plans..."
The protagonist of "Oxford Town" confesses: "I fear my days are numbered. Lord get me out of here. If I had not ripped the fabric (of fate or time?) If time had not stood still..." Perhaps then the tentacles of Destiny would not have such a strong hold over him...?
In "Survive" the "fate-bound puppet" asks "Who said 'time is on my side'? I've got ears and eyes and nothing in my life..."
In "The Motel," the main character is entombed. In ¨Battle for Britain¨ he is a ¨beggarman¨ on the shelf and in ¨Afraid¨ he is lost on the shore not at sea, the ultimate estrangement...!
4th November 2002.
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