“Devotchka watch her garbles” is a line from the lyrics of David Bowie’s Girl loves me on his requiem album Black Star.
The lyrics’ overall theme is the passage of time, and are displayed in a multi-linguistic way – English, Nadsat and Polari. Nadsat is the slang talked by the youth in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. Polari is a British cant slang used by some actors, circus and fairground showmen, merchant navy sailors, criminals, prostitutes, and the gay subculture. These multi- linguistic characteristics give the lyrics a dreamy, unfocused zoom. You get the feeling of Bowie flirting with surrealism and a sort of rejection of reason.
“Devotchka watch her garbles” could be interpreted as “young woman watch her testicles”. This interpretation is the inspirational key to my composition. The piece deals with ideas of gender (from a cultural, historical and linguistic aspect), discrimination and revenge.