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"After All" is a 1970 song by English musician David Bowie from his third album The Man Who Sold the World.


Please trip them gently
They don't like to fall
(Oh by jingo)
There's no room for anger
We're all very small
(Oh by jingo)
We're painting our faces and dressing in thoughts from the skies
From paradise
But they think that we're holding a secretive ball
Won't someone invite them
They're just taller children
That's all
After all
Man is an obstacle
Sad as the clown
(Oh by jingo)
So hold onto nothing
And he won't let you down
(Oh by jingo)
Some people are marching together and some on their own
Quite alone
Others are running
The smaller ones crawl
But some sit in silence
They're just older children
That's all
After all
I sing with impertinence
Shading impermanent chords
With my words
I've borrowed your time and I'm sorry I called
But the thought just occurred
That we're nobody's children
After all
Live till your rebirth
And do what you will
(Oh by jingo)
Forget all I've said
Please bear me no ill
(Oh by jingo)
After all
After all


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  • David Bowie — Vocals, acoustic guitar, organ, Stylophone, saxophone
  • Mick Ronson — Acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Tony Visconti — Bass guitar, recorder
  • Woody Woodmansey — Drums, percussion
  • Ralph Mace — Moog modular synthesizer

In popular culture

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External Links


The Man Who Sold the World (ve)
"The Width of a Circle" • "All the Madmen" • "Black Country Rock" • "After All" • "Running Gun Blues" • "Saviour Machine" • "She Shook Me Cold" • "The Man Who Sold the World" • "The Supermen"

Bonus tracks on 1990 Rykodisc CD: "Lightning Frightening" • "Holy Holy" • "Moonage Daydream (Arnold Corns Version)" • "Hang On to Yourself (Arnold Corns Version)"

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