Can't Help Thinking About Me (David Bowie and the Lower Third)

18 JANUARY 1966


An 18-year-old singer named David Bowie and his band The Lower Third released their single ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ on 14 January 1966. The mod-freakbeat band split up a few weeks later, and the single failed to chart.

This was actually Bowie's fourth single release since his failed debut in 1964. He kept plugging away but was still three years away from his first hit song 'Space Oddity', which was actually his tenth release, and which he followed up with another seven singles that failed to chart. So Bowie had just one hit out of his first 17 singles released, which shows some remarkable persistence. His breakthrough to super-stardom with Ziggy Stardust did not happen until 1972.

B-side: 'And I Say to Myself'
Recorded: 10 December 1965, Pye Studios, London
Released: 14 January 1966
Highest chart position: Did not chart
Length: 2:47
Label: Pye Records (UK) / Warner Bros. (US)
Pye 7N 17020 (UK) WB 5815 (US)
Writer: David Bowie
Producer: Tony Hatch

Can’t Help Thinking About Me (David Bowie and the Lower Third)

'Question-time that says I brought dishonour
My head's bowed in shame
It seems that I've blackened the family name
Mother says that she can't stand the neighbours talking
I've gotta pack my bags, leave this home, start walking, yeah
I'm guilty
I wish that I was sorry this time
I wish that I could pay for my crime

I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me

Remember when we used to go to church on sundays
I lay awake at night, terrified of school on mondays
Oh, but it's too late now
I wish I was a child again
I wish I felt secure again

I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me

As I pass a recreation ground
I remember my friends, always been found and I can't

I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me

Now I leave them all in the never never land
The station seems so cold the ticket's in my hand
My girl calls my name hi dave
Drop in, see around, come back
If you're this way again"
Oh, I'm on my own
I've got a long way to go
I hope I make it on my own

I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me
I can't help thinking about me'