David Bowie: Rock'n Roll with Me (1974)

Rock 'n' Roll With Me
B-side: Panic in Detroit (live)
Artist: David Bowie
Album: Diamond Dogs
Released: May 1974
Recorded: January 1974
Songwriters: David Bowie, Warren Peace

"Rock 'n' Roll With Me" is a pop power ballad written by David Bowie and Warren Peace.  A pop power ballad is a form of slow love song prevalent in nearly all genres of popular music. There are rock ballads, soul ballads, country ballads, and even heavy metal ballads. Dolly Parton's song, "I Will Always Love You" (popularized by Whitney Houston), is an example of of a pop power ballad. Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On' from the movie Titanic is another.


"Rock 'n' Roll With Me" addresses the artist's complex relation with his fans. It has been described as "one of Bowie's least self-conscious love songs" and it foreshadows of the R&B balladry on Young Americans.  Although rock music critics generally don't like it, the chorus makes "Rock 'n Roll with Me" my favorite song on Bowie's Diamond Dogs LP.  It was also the tune David liked best.

When you rock-n-roll with me
No one else I'd rather be
Nobody down here can do it for me
I'm in tears again
When you rock n roll with me


Donovan released a cover of the song in September 1974. It was not very good.

Plastic Soul

"Rock 'n Roll with Mewas part of the tour that resulted in the album "David Live." In this period, Bowie had retired the Ziggy Stardust glam rock personae. His next phase would be, what he called, plastic soul. We blogged about this in our post on his "Young Americans" album.

David Bowie

This ballad shows a definite leaning in that new direction. The piano intro blatantly evokes Bill Withers' 1972 hit, Lean on Me. Bowie's record company responded the same month as Donavan's single by issuing a version from "David Live."

Rock 'n Roll Me  
David Bowie


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