David Bowie's 'Ashes To Ashes' - what is he on about?

Although you might think someone would have explained this somewhere on the web, an extensive Google search showed no results. So - can anyone explain what the lines “Just pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I” and later “But the little green wheels are following me” are on about? And most of the rest of the song?

A copy of the full lyrics are at http://forbowie.tripod.com/songs/ashestoashes.txt

I feel like a complete twit singing along to something so incomphrehensible (but the music is irresistable).

Many thanks for any help.

Perhaps this line refers to a media picture / album cover / trashy magazine picture of him – Just a guess here.

Perhaps this line refers to withdrawal symptoms / hallucinations --just another WAG.

Remember that deciphering lyrics is a lot like mind reading. There also may be no answer at all. Sometimes lyrics mean nothing.

Generally, I think it’s about a heroin habit, but no idea about individual lines, which may just be surrealist chatter. The “little green wheels” line, is of course, immediately following, “time and again I tell myself/ I’ll stay clean tonight. . .”; “I’m hoping to kick” is pretty clear, and the Major Tom lines/ first couple of stanzas refer to an earlier cryptic drug-themed song (Space Oddity). In general it seems like a song-tribute to a song-- the original song was about a heroin habit, and this one is about the continuation/ attempts to kick that habit.
Actually, looking at the lyrics on that site, they are all pretty clear, except the ones you cite above, which might be highly individual idiosyncratic drug-induced imagery that no one but David himself could explain.

Wow-I had no idea. http://www.teenagewildlife.com/Albums/SO/SO.html says " Supposedly inspired by the plight of the Apollo 8 astronauts, Bowie later returned to Major Tom in his 1980 hit, Ashes to Ashes."

Maybe “Ashes to Ashes” meant to enlightened square folks like me to the real meaning in “Sapce Oddity”? “We know Major Tom’s a junkie”?

One pbolem with the jap girls line is you forgot to look at the following line

Just pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I
Ain’t got no money and I ain’t got no hair

where logically it should be broken up as:

Just pictures of Jap girls in synthesis
and I Ain’t got no money and I ain’t got no hair

One pbolem with the jap girls line is you forgot to look at the following line

Just pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I
Ain’t got no money and I ain’t got no hair

where logically it should be broken up as:

Just pictures of Jap girls in synthesis
and I Ain’t got no money and I ain’t got no hair

Quick Bowie trivia:
In Space Oddity, the “day in the life”-esque orchestral buildup is allegedly supposed to represent the feeling between shooting up and the heroin “hitting”.