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      Lyrics                     Video
from the album          Pin Ups
B-side “Amsterdam” (Brel, Shuman)
Released 28 September 1973
Format 7″ single
Recorded Château d’Hérouville, Hérouville, France, July 1973


Length 2:53
Label RCA
Writer(s) Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer
Producer(s) Ken Scott, David Bowie
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“Sorrow”, David Bowie’s remake of this song, recorded in July 1973 at Château d’Hérouville, Hérouville, France, was the only single released in the UK from his Pin Ups covers album, reaching UK No. 3 and staying in the charts for 15 weeks. It was also Bowie’s first number one hit single in Australia, where it topped the charts for 2 weeks in February 1974.

The B-side, “Amsterdam”, was a cover of a Jacques Brel song, that had been performed live by Bowie since 1968. The song may have been recorded by Bowie in the summer 1973 sessions for Pin Ups or in late 1971 for the album Ziggy Stardust. Never selected as an album track, it was used as the single B-side as it fitted with “Sorrow”. In France, it was billed as the A-side of the single.

“Sorrow” was featured in the 2008 John Cusack film War, Inc. In 2017 Paul Shaffer and Jenny Lewis released a cover version based mainly on Bowie’s version.


  1. “Sorrow” (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 2:53
  2. “Amsterdam” (Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman) – 2:39

The Spanish release of the single had “Lady Grinning Soul” as the B-side.


  • Producers:
    • Ken Scott and David Bowie