Lyrics to Bitter Sweet

Lyrics to the song Bitter Sweet as recorded by Roxy Music.


Well this is such a sad affair
I've opened up my heart
So many times
But now it's closed

Oh my dear every salted tear
It wrings bittersweet applause

But when the show's in full swing
Every once in a while
High stepping chorus lines
Mean I'm forgetting
Mein lullaby Liebchen

How rich in contrast love can be
Sometimes I'm quite amused
To see it twist and turn
To taste both sweet and dry

These vintage years
Lovers you consume, my friend
As others their wine

*Nein, Das is nicht
Das Ende der Welt
Gestrandet an Leben und Kunst
Und das Spiel geht weiter
Wie Man weiss
Noch viele Schonste, Wiedersehn

And now, as you turn to leave
You try to force a smile
As if to compensate
Then you break down and cry

*German Translation*

No, it's not the end of the world
Stranded in the art of life
And the game goes on
As one knows
There are many beautiful things to come

(Thanks to Jamie Scholar)


Bitter Sweet

Album Track

This Bryan Ferry and Andy Mackay ballad featured a chorus sung in German and contained the line 'These Vintage Years' which inspired the title of this website.

The song was performed on Roxy Music's 1975 tour and also during bryan Ferry's 1999-2000 As Time Goes By tour. Roxy Music included this track as part of their set on the 2011 tour.

A band called The Venus In Furs made up from Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke, Suede guitarist Bernard Butler,Jon Greenwood, Clune, Paul Kimble & Andy Mackay recorded this song for the soundtrack to the film Velvet Goldmine.

Song Musicians

Bitter Sweet is on the following Roxy Music and Solo Albums