Young Americans

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Heard the David Bowie song "Young Americans" tonight, and my impressionistic hearing of it an hour ago was that when Bowie wrote it American music dominated the planet, and young Americans in other countries were sort of a symbol of optimism, democracy, and great music.

Is that still true? What are young Americans today? Does that song still ring true? Or did it only ring true in the mid-70s? I'm interested to hear what people think.

To me, tonight, as a 52 year old guy living in the US, it rings a little hollow.

The song contains some critique, too, and I experienced some of that as a (very) young American in France in the Nixon era. But yeah, there was a glamour there too, that the music and chorus really highlight. Not so much anymore.

Kelly Pardekooper did a pretty good song with the same title:

I have always loved that song, but had a hard time making out the lyrics after the first verse. So I just Googled them - incredible words that cover a whole lot of the human experience, American or not.
And I also read the Wikipedia article about the Young Americans album - according to it, Bowie said the song was "about the predicament of two newlyweds."
And I already knew that Luther Vandross sang backup on it.

what a great great song, and I remember when it was a hit song on the radio back in the day...
Singing about a year after watergate.. 'do you remember, your president nixon, do you remember the bills you had to pay, even yesterday'....

i've been gaining a new appreciation for the music of David Bowie in the last few years (starting before he died).. and seeing the huge exhibit in the brooklyn museum devoted to him a few months ago was really amazing.

got to see him in concert only once, the 'serious moonlight' tour of about 1983.... he was truly a one of a kind magnetic performer, writer, and singer..

and i realize all that doesn't really answer the initial posts' question. Don't know- "America" will always have a certain mystique, perhaps, tho its been tarnished so much in the last two years... I guess we'll have to see how this all plays out (which is coincidentally what i just wrote about in a little bit of a song i just posted, in fact)

It’s his plastic soul version of a Bruce Springsteen “common man” narrative. He recorded Springsteen’s “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City” during the same sessions. Still holds up in the against-all-odds vein.