From the recording A Sentimental Education

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From "David Bowie," the second studio album by David Bowie (1969). This song is a love letter to an old girlfriend, Hermione Farthingale, who he met through his dance teacher, Lindsey Kemp. The couple lived together in London in 1968, though Farthingale would later dump Bowie for the dancer, Stephen Reinhardt.


The hand that wrote this letter
Sweeps the pillow clean
So rest your head and
Read a treasured dream
I care for no one else but you
I tear my soul to cease the pain
I think maybe you feel the same
What can we do?
I'm not quite sure what we're supposed to do
So I've been writing just for you
They say your life is going very well
They say you sparkle like a different girl
But something tells me that you hide
When all the world is warm and tired
You cry a little in the dark
Well so do I
I'm not quite sure
What you're supposed to say
But I can see it's not okay
He makes you laugh
He brings you out in style
He treats you well
And makes you up real fine
And when he's strong
He's strong for you
And when you kiss
It's something new
But did you ever call my name
Just by mistake?
I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to do
So I'll just write some love to you