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''Hunky Dory'' is the fourth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 1971. It is generally considered to be one of his best and most influential. Hits and fan favourites include: "Changes," "Oh! You Pretty Things," "Life on Mars?," and "Queen Bitch."

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''Hunky Dory'' is the fourth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 1971. It His first release on Creator/RCARecords, with whom he would stick for another 11 years, it is generally considered to be one of his best and most influential. Hits and fan favourites include: "Changes," "Oh! You Pretty Things," "Life on Mars?," and "Queen Bitch."


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pretty things, don't ya know you're driving your mamas and papas insane?'']]



!! Oh! You Pretty Tropes:

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!! Oh! You Pretty Tropes:
Take a look at the law man, beating up the wrong trope:


* CallBack: "Life on Mars?" again uses space imagery, like Bowie did earlier with Music/SpaceOddity. "Oh! You Pretty Things" talks about the coming of a "Homo Superior," which is similar to the "Starman" from Bowie's next album
** On a darker note, it could also call back to 'After All' from the much less upbeat Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld
''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars,'' which would continue the space and Mars imagery in general.

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* CallBack: "Life on Mars?" again uses space imagery, like Bowie did earlier with Music/SpaceOddity. "Oh! You Pretty Things" talks about the coming of a "Homo Superior," which is similar to the "Starman" from Bowie's next album
** On a darker note, it could also call back to 'After All' from the much less upbeat Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld
album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars,'' which would continue the space and Mars imagery in general.general.
** On a darker note, it could also call back to 'After All' from the much less upbeat ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld''


* CallBack: "Life on Mars?" again uses space imagery, like Bowie did earlier with Music/SpaceOddity. "Oh! You Pretty Things" talks about the coming of a "Homo Superior," which is similar to the "Starman" from Bowie's next album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars,'' which would continue the space and Mars imagery in general.

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* CallBack: "Life on Mars?" again uses space imagery, like Bowie did earlier with Music/SpaceOddity. "Oh! You Pretty Things" talks about the coming of a "Homo Superior," which is similar to the "Starman" from Bowie's next album album
** On a darker note, it could also call back to 'After All' from the much less upbeat Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld
''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars,'' which would continue the space and Mars imagery in general.


** The song also can be read as taking the stance that it's impossible to know whether an afterlife exists or what it's like if it does, as seen in the quote above under AccentuateTheNegative. This arguably qualifies it as a ReligionRantSong, although Bowie is also using the lyrics to explore concepts in UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} and [[Creator/AleisterCrowley Thelema]], so it's arguably more of a rant about ''some'' religions than about a rant about ''all'' religions. Another interpretation argues that the song isn't actually talking about literal death at all, nor is it talking about all kinds of belief; it is simply talking about ego death - i.e., the death of an idealised perception of oneself, which is deceptive and can actually lead to suffering and an unhealthy mental state. In this interpretation, by saying "don't believe in yourself", Bowie isn't saying you should belittle yourself; he's simply saying you shouldn't deceive yourself into believing you're anything other than what you are. In this interpretation, knowledge comes from accepting yourself as you are, and thus ego death brings release and knowledge. In this interpretation, the song argues for a love of the planet, of the world we share, of each other, and of life at this very moment.

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** The song also can be read as taking the stance that it's impossible to know whether an afterlife exists or what it's like if it does, as seen in the quote above under AccentuateTheNegative. This arguably qualifies it as a ReligionRantSong, although Bowie is also using the lyrics to explore concepts in UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} and [[Creator/AleisterCrowley Thelema]], so it's arguably more of a rant about ''some'' religions than about a rant about ''all'' religions. Another interpretation argues that the song isn't actually talking about literal death at all, nor is it talking about all kinds of belief; it is simply talking about ego death - i.e., the death of an idealised perception of oneself, which is deceptive and can actually lead to suffering and an unhealthy mental state. In this interpretation, by saying "don't believe in yourself", Bowie isn't saying you should belittle yourself; he's simply saying you shouldn't deceive yourself into believing you're anything other than what you are. In this interpretation, Thus, knowledge comes from accepting yourself as you are, and thus ego death brings release and knowledge. In this interpretation, knowledge; the song consequently argues for a love of the planet, of the world we share, of each other, and of life at this very moment.


* BlackAndWhiteMorality: "Quicksand" argues against this interpretation of reality; it criticises UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, who at the time was uncritically regarded as a war hero in much of Britain. The reality was more ambiguous, as Churchill also supported imperialism and a number of reactionary social beliefs to which Bowie stood in opposition. Bowie also acknowledges in the song that he is "drawn between the light and dark" - in short, where most people see themselves as the heroes of their own stories, Bowie acknowledges his own dark side.

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: "Quicksand" argues against this interpretation of reality; it criticises UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, who at the time was uncritically regarded as a war hero in much of Britain. The reality was more ambiguous, as Churchill also supported imperialism and a number of reactionary social beliefs to which Bowie stood in opposition. Bowie also acknowledges in the song that he is "drawn between the light and dark" - in short, where most people see themselves uncritically as the heroes of their own stories, Bowie acknowledges his own dark side.


** The song also can be read as taking the stance that it's impossible to know whether an afterlife exists or what it's like if it does, as seen in the quote above under AccentuateTheNegative. This arguably qualifies it as a ReligionRantSong, although Bowie is also using the lyrics to explore concepts in UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} and [[Creator/AleisterCrowley Thelema]], so it's arguably more of a rant about ''some'' religions than about a rant about ''all'' religions. Another interpretation argues that the song isn't actually talking about literal death at all, nor is it talking about all kinds of belief; it is simply talking about the death of an idealised perception of oneself, which is deceptive and can actually lead to an unhealthy mental state. In this interpretation, by saying "don't believe in yourself", Bowie isn't saying you should belittle yourself; he's simply saying you shouldn't deceive yourself into believing you're anything other than what you are. In this interpretation, knowledge comes from accepting yourself as you are, and thus the death of an idealised self-perception brings release and knowledge. In this interpretation, the song argues for a love of the planet, of the world we share, of each other, and of life at this very moment.

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** The song also can be read as taking the stance that it's impossible to know whether an afterlife exists or what it's like if it does, as seen in the quote above under AccentuateTheNegative. This arguably qualifies it as a ReligionRantSong, although Bowie is also using the lyrics to explore concepts in UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} and [[Creator/AleisterCrowley Thelema]], so it's arguably more of a rant about ''some'' religions than about a rant about ''all'' religions. Another interpretation argues that the song isn't actually talking about literal death at all, nor is it talking about all kinds of belief; it is simply talking about ego death - i.e., the death of an idealised perception of oneself, which is deceptive and can actually lead to suffering and an unhealthy mental state. In this interpretation, by saying "don't believe in yourself", Bowie isn't saying you should belittle yourself; he's simply saying you shouldn't deceive yourself into believing you're anything other than what you are. In this interpretation, knowledge comes from accepting yourself as you are, and thus the ego death of an idealised self-perception brings release and knowledge. In this interpretation, the song argues for a love of the planet, of the world we share, of each other, and of life at this very moment.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}: "Quicksand" refers to a state between death and rebirth known as a Bardo.
-->If I don't explain what you ought to know
-->You can tell me all about it on the next Bardo

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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Oh! You Pretty Things" fades into "Eight Line Poem" and "Fill Your Heart" fades into "Andy Warhol".


** The song also takes the stance that it's impossible to know whether an afterlife exists or what it's like if it does, as seen in the quote above under AccentuateTheNegative. This arguably qualifies it as a ReligionRantSong, although Bowie is also using the lyrics to explore concepts in UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} and [[Creator/AleisterCrowley Thelema]], so it's arguably more of a rant about ''some'' religions than about a rant about ''all'' religions.

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** The song also takes can be read as taking the stance that it's impossible to know whether an afterlife exists or what it's like if it does, as seen in the quote above under AccentuateTheNegative. This arguably qualifies it as a ReligionRantSong, although Bowie is also using the lyrics to explore concepts in UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} and [[Creator/AleisterCrowley Thelema]], so it's arguably more of a rant about ''some'' religions than about a rant about ''all'' religions. Another interpretation argues that the song isn't actually talking about literal death at all, nor is it talking about all kinds of belief; it is simply talking about the death of an idealised perception of oneself, which is deceptive and can actually lead to an unhealthy mental state. In this interpretation, by saying "don't believe in yourself", Bowie isn't saying you should belittle yourself; he's simply saying you shouldn't deceive yourself into believing you're anything other than what you are. In this interpretation, knowledge comes from accepting yourself as you are, and thus the death of an idealised self-perception brings release and knowledge. In this interpretation, the song argues for a love of the planet, of the world we share, of each other, and of life at this very moment.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: "Quicksand" argues against this interpretation of reality; it criticises UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, who at the time was uncritically regarded as a war hero in much of Britain. The reality was more ambiguous, as Churchill also supported imperialism and a number of reactionary social beliefs to which Bowie stood in opposition. Bowie also acknowledges in the song that he is "drawn between the light and dark" - in short, where most people see themselves as the heroes of their own stories, Bowie acknowledges his own dark side.



** "Quicksand" name drops Creator/AleisterCrowley, ''Heinrich Himmler,'' Creator/GretaGarbo, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, and Creator/BrigitteBardot.

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** "Quicksand" name drops Creator/AleisterCrowley, ''Heinrich Himmler,'' Heinrich Himmler, Creator/GretaGarbo, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill. The "silent film" referred to in the first stanza may be ''Film/TheBirthOfANation1915'', of which Himmler and Creator/BrigitteBardot.a number of other Nazis were quite fond. Some of these are probably closer to TakeThat

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** The song also takes the stance that it's impossible to know whether an afterlife exists or what it's like if it does, as seen in the quote above under AccentuateTheNegative. This arguably qualifies it as a ReligionRantSong, although Bowie is also using the lyrics to explore concepts in UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} and [[Creator/AleisterCrowley Thelema]], so it's arguably more of a rant about ''some'' religions than about a rant about ''all'' religions.
* UsefulNotes/BritishAccents: Bowie sings the last minute or so of "The Bewlay Brothers" in a Cockney accent.


** ''Series/LifeOnMars'' was named after "Life on Mars?"

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** ''Series/LifeOnMars'' ''[[Series/LifeOnMars2006 Life on Mars]]'' was named after "Life on Mars?"

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* MoodWhiplash: The very pessimistic "Quicksand" comes between the very lighthearted "Kooks" and "Fill Your Heart", though the latter is separated by the side break.


--> ''Is there life on Màààààààààààààrs?!''

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--> ''Is there life on Màààààààààààààrs?!''Maaaaaars?!''



** The band Music/TheKooks named themselves after the song "Kooks."

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** The band Music/TheKooks ''The Kooks'' named themselves after the song "Kooks."


[[caption-width-right:350:''Oh you pretty things''.]]

''Hunky Dory'' is the fourth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 1971. It is generally considered to be one of his best and most influential. Hits and fan favourites include "Changes", "Oh! You Pretty Things", "Life On Mars?" and "Queen Bitch".

The album was listed at #108 in ''Magazine/RollingStone''[='=]s [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums of All Time]]. ''Magazine/TimeMagazine'' included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''Oh you pretty things''.]]

[[caption-width-right:350: ''Oh! You Pretty Things.'']]

''Hunky Dory'' is the fourth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 1971. It is generally considered to be one of his best and most influential. Hits and fan favourites include "Changes", include: "Changes," "Oh! You Pretty Things", Things," "Life On Mars?" on Mars?," and "Queen Bitch".

Bitch."

The album was listed at #108 in ''Magazine/RollingStone''[='=]s [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums of All Time]]. ''Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime.'' ''Magazine/TimeMagazine'' included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]]
''TimeAllTime100Albums.''






# "Life On Mars?" (3:53)

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# "Life On on Mars?" (3:53)



# "Song For Bob Dylan" (4:12)

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# "Song For for Bob Dylan" (4:12)






!! Bonus Tracks (1990 Reissue):

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!! Bonus Tracks (1990 Reissue):
Re-issue):






!! Oh! You Pretty Tropes:

* AccentuateTheNegative: "Quicksand"

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!! Oh! You Pretty Tropes:

Tropes:

* AccentuateTheNegative: "Quicksand""Quicksand:"



* AlliterativeTitle: "The '''B'''ewlay '''B'''rothers".
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: "Quicksand"

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* AlliterativeTitle: "The '''B'''ewlay '''B'''rothers".
'''B'''rothers."
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: "Quicksand""Quicksand:"



* CallBack: "Life On Mars?" again uses space imagery, like Bowie did earlier with [[Music/SpaceOddity "Space Oddity"]]. "Oh! You Pretty Things" talks about the coming of a 'Homo Superior', which is similar to the "Starman" from Bowie's next album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'' , which would continue the space and Mars imagery in general.
* CoverVersion: "Fill Your Heart" is the one cover on the album.
* CrapsackWorld: "Oh! You Pretty Things".

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* CallBack: "Life On on Mars?" again uses space imagery, like Bowie did earlier with [[Music/SpaceOddity "Space Oddity"]]. Music/SpaceOddity. "Oh! You Pretty Things" talks about the coming of a 'Homo Superior', "Homo Superior," which is similar to the "Starman" from Bowie's next album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'' , ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars,'' which would continue the space and Mars imagery in general.
* CoverVersion: "Fill Your Heart" is the one cover on the album.
album.
* CrapsackWorld: "Oh! You Pretty Things".Things:"



* DramaticTimpani: In "Life On Mars" at the end.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: The surreal line "It's on America's tortured brow/ that WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse has grown up a cow" in "Life On Mars" got real in the 1990's when a cow was discovered with a spot resembling the silhouette of Mickey Mouse. It could [[http://www.painetworks.com/previews/10/100012.html be seen]] in Disney World, Florida.

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* DramaticTimpani: In "Life On Mars" on Mars?" at the end.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: The surreal line line: "It's on America's tortured brow/ brow / that WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse has grown up a cow" in "Life On Mars" on Mars?" got real in the 1990's when a cow was discovered with a spot resembling the silhouette of Mickey Mouse. ''Mickey Mouse.'' It could [[http://www.painetworks.com/previews/10/100012.html be seen]] in Disney World, Florida.



* {{Homage}}: "Song For Bob Dylan", a homage to Music/BobDylan, and "Andy Warhol" to Creator/AndyWarhol.
* IJustWantToBeFree: "Fill Your Heart"
--> ''Love cleans the mind and makes it free''.
* InTheStyleOf: "Life On Mars?", which Bowie wrote after Music/FrankSinatra's people preferred Paul Anka's translation of a French ballad[[note]]"My Way"[[/note]] to Bowie's. As Bowie later noted, his plan to get Sinatra to cover "Life On Mars?" backfired rather spectacularly when it was instead covered by Music/BarbraStreisand.
* LastNoteNightmare: "The Bewlay Brothers" changes its atmosphere after four minutes.
* LighterAndSofter: PlayedWith. The music is more melodic and poppy than the HardRock[=/=]HeavyMetal of Bowie's previous album, ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld''. The lyrics are no less disturbing, though.
* MindScrew: "Life On Mars?", "Quicksand" have surreal lyrics.
* NoIntelligentLifeHere: An open question in "Life On Mars?".

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* {{Homage}}: "Song For for Bob Dylan", a Dylan," an homage to Music/BobDylan, and "Andy Warhol" to Creator/AndyWarhol.
Creator/AndyWarhol.
* IJustWantToBeFree: "Fill Your Heart"
Heart:"
--> ''Love cleans the mind and makes it free''.
free.''
* InTheStyleOf: "Life On Mars?", on Mars?," which Bowie wrote after Music/FrankSinatra's people preferred Paul Anka's translation of a French ballad[[note]]"My Way"[[/note]] ballad [[note]] "My Way" [[/note]] to Bowie's. As Bowie later noted, his plan to get Sinatra to cover "Life On on Mars?" backfired rather spectacularly when it was instead covered by Music/BarbraStreisand.
* LastNoteNightmare: "The Bewlay Brothers" changes its atmosphere after four minutes.
minutes.
* LighterAndSofter: PlayedWith. The music is more melodic and poppy than the HardRock[=/=]HeavyMetal HardRock / HeavyMetal of Bowie's previous album, ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld''. album: ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld.'' The lyrics are no less disturbing, though.
* MindScrew: "Life On Mars?", on Mars?" and "Quicksand" have surreal lyrics.
* NoIntelligentLifeHere: An open question in "Life On Mars?". on Mars?:"



* OneWomanSong: "Queen Bitch".
* OneWordTitle: "Changes", "Kooks", "Quicksand".
* ParentalLoveSong: "Kooks" is a ode to parental love.

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* OneWomanSong: "Queen Bitch".
Bitch."
* OneWordTitle: "Changes", "Kooks", "Quicksand".
"Changes," "Kooks," and "Quicksand."
* ParentalLoveSong: "Kooks" is a ode to parental love.love:



* PepTalkSong: "Changes"

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* PepTalkSong: "Changes""Changes:"



* QuestioningTitle: "Life On Mars?"
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: "Life On Mars?"

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* QuestioningTitle: "Life On on Mars?"
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: "Life On Mars?"on Mars?:"



** "Creator/AndyWarhol"
** "Quicksand" name-drops Creator/AleisterCrowley, Heinrich Himmler, Creator/GretaGarbo, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill and Creator/BrigitteBardot.
** "Song For Music/BobDylan", which references Dylan's own "Song To [[Music/WoodyGuthrie Woody]]".
** "Life On Mars?" refers to WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and Music/JohnLennon. The line "Look at those cavemen go" refers to the comic strip ''ComicStrip/AlleyOop''.
** The band Music/TheKooks named themselves after the song "Kooks".
** ''Series/LifeOnMars'' was named after "Life On Mars?".
** The riff to "Queen Bitch" is fairly closely modelled on the Music/VelvetUnderground songs "Sweet Jane" and "Sister Ray", as noted in Bowie's liner notes ("Some VU white light returned, with thanks").

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** "Creator/AndyWarhol"
"Creator/AndyWarhol."
** "Quicksand" name-drops name drops Creator/AleisterCrowley, Heinrich Himmler, ''Heinrich Himmler,'' Creator/GretaGarbo, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, and Creator/BrigitteBardot.
** "Song For Music/BobDylan", for Music/BobDylan," which references Dylan's own "Song To to [[Music/WoodyGuthrie Woody]]".
Woody.]]"
** "Life On on Mars?" refers to WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and Music/JohnLennon. The line line: "Look at those cavemen go" refers to the comic strip ''ComicStrip/AlleyOop''.
''ComicStrip/AlleyOop.''
** The band Music/TheKooks named themselves after the song "Kooks".
"Kooks."
** ''Series/LifeOnMars'' was named after "Life On Mars?".
on Mars?"
** The riff to "Queen Bitch" is fairly closely modelled modeled on the Music/VelvetUnderground songs "Sweet Jane" and "Sister Ray", Ray," as noted in Bowie's liner notes ("Some VU white light returned, with thanks").



* StockSoundEffects: A telephone is heard near the end of "Life On Mars?".
* StudioChatter: The ringing phone that's answered at the end of "Life On Mars?" is probably the first example of this from his work that springs to mind. Also Bowie correcting Ken Scott on the pronunciation of "Warhol".
* StutterStop: "Changes"

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* StockSoundEffects: A telephone is heard near the end of "Life On Mars?".
on Mars?"
* StudioChatter: The ringing phone that's answered at the end of "Life On on Mars?" is probably the first example of this from his work that springs to mind. Also Bowie correcting Ken Scott on the pronunciation of "Warhol".
"Warhol."
* StutterStop: "Changes""Changes:"



** "Quicksand"

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** "Quicksand" "Quicksand:"



** "Oh! You Pretty Things".

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** "Oh! You Pretty Things". Things:"



* WordSaladLyrics: "Life On Mars" and "The Bewlay Brothers".

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* WordSaladLyrics: "Life On Mars" on Mars?" and "The Bewlay Brothers".
Brothers."

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