See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Colder than the moon
It’s been so long
And I’ve been putting out fire
With gasoline

See these eyes so red
Red like jungle burning bright
Those who feel me near
Pull the blinds and change their minds
It’s been so long

Still this pulsing night
A plague I call a heartbeat
Just be still with me
Well you wouldn’t believe what I’ve been through
You’ve been so long
Well it’s been so long
And I’ve been putting out the fire
With gasoline
Putting out the fire
With gasoline

See these tears so blue
An ageless heart
That can never mend
These tears can never dry
A judgement made
Can never bend
See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Just be still with me
You wouldn’t believe what I’ve been through​

You’ve been so long
Well, it’s been so long
And I’ve been putting out the fire
With gasoline
Putting out fire with gasoline

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This song was originally recorded in July 1981, having been written by David Bowie and his producer Giorgio Moroder, for the film “Cat People”, which was released in 1982.

The song keeps the dark tone of the film (directed by Paul Schrader) with some slight goth rock influence and Bowie singing in a deep baritone croon while being backed up by a female chorus.

The full-length 6:45 version appeared on the soundtrack album, and the 12″ single, while a 4:08 edited version was made for the 7″ release. The single reached No. 26 in the UK, and No. 67 in the US – Bowie’s biggest hit there since “Golden Years”.

In December 1982, Bowie re-recorded the song for his album Let’s Dance, released the following year.

Many people will know this song from Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”. While working at the Video Archives, he was always pretty angry that Bowie’s amazing song, tailor-made for Schrader’s erotic re-make, was thrown away into the end credits. He and his friends agreed, if they got the song for their film, they’d make a twenty-minute sequence built around it.

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