“You’ve got your mother in a whirl / She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl”? I’m not sure it’s about cross-dressing per se, or androgyny, or just a “your folks don’t understand you” kind of thing (lyrics here). Lady Stardust is another song toying with gender identity, but not explicitly about cross-dressing.
I thought Bowie’s Queen Bitch was about cross-dressing, but reviewing the lyrics, I’m not sure. Is the “queen” who pushes “ahead of the dames” a drag queen, or just a pushy broad? When the singer says “I can do better that,” is he saying he could find a better lover than her, or he could dress better than her, or he could please her man better than her? I find it all very confusing.
Oh, Bowie’s She’s Got Medals* fits in that category. No ambiguity there, except for the part about picking up girls. Whatever do you suppose she did with them?
- One of several obscure novelty songs he recorded before “Space Oddity.”