Be My Wife
|"Be My Wife"|
|Single by David Bowie|
|from the album Low|
|B-side||"Speed of Life"|
|Recorded||Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France; September 1976|
|David Bowie singles chronology|
|Low track listing|
"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 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.
- "Be My Wife" (Bowie) – 2:55
- "Speed of Life" (Bowie) – 2:45
"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.
- A live version was recorded during the Isolar II Tour for the Stage album, but was not released until 2005 on the remastered re-release of Stage.
- A live version from Earls Court, London on 1 July 1978 , was released on the semi-legal album RarestOneBowie in 1994.
- A live performance filmed in Dublin in November 2003 during the A Reality Tour can be viewed on the DVD and is included on the corresponding album.
- It appeared on the following compilations:
- It was released as a picture disc in the RCA Life Time picture disc set.
- Momus performed a cover version for his 2015 album Turpsycore.