Be My Wife

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"Be My Wife"
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Single by David Bowie
from the album Low
B-side "Speed of Life"
Released June 1977
Format 7" single
Recorded Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France; September 1976
Length 2:55
Label RCA Records
PB 1017
Songwriter(s) David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"Sound and Vision"
"Be My Wife"
"Sound and Vision"
"Be My Wife"
Spanish cover
Low track listing
"Always Crashing in the Same Car"
"Be My Wife"
"A New Career in a New Town"

"Be My Wife" is a song and single by David Bowie.

Its presence in Low tones down the electronic feel of the rest of the album. The song also features a more conventional lyric which is closer to a traditional rock song than the more fragmented lyrics elsewhere on that album.

The song features a ragtime piano opening, which serves the somewhat retro lyrics some justice, although it is soon set against a backdrop of guitars and drums. The song repeats its lyrics, changing the spacing of the lyrics amongst the song's verse. The song closes simply with a fadeout, as the song returns to the introductory ragtime riff repeating indefinitely, with the rest of the band playing behind it.

"Be My Wife" was the second single from Low after "Sound and Vision", but it became the first new Bowie release since "Changes" to fail to break into the UK chart.

"Be My Wife" was frequently played live on the various tours after its release and Bowie is said to have repeatedly announced this song during live performances as "one of my favourites," as may be seen or heard in such concert footage or audio recordings.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Be My Wife" (Bowie) – 2:55
  2. "Speed of Life" (Bowie) – 2:45

Production credits[edit]

Music video[edit]

"Be My Wife" apparently was Bowie's first official video since "Life on Mars?". The video is in fact rather similar: Bowie stands alone against a white backdrop singing the song alone. However, Stanley Dorfman's new clip featured a Bowie in make-up and clothing influenced by Buster Keaton and giving an irreverent, detached performance on a guitar, which does gel with the candid feeling generated by the song.

Live versions[edit]

Other releases[edit]


  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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