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You've Got a Habit of Leaving

"You've Got a Habit of Leaving" is a song written by David Bowie in 1965 and released as a single under the name Davy Jones (& The Lower Third). It was the last song that Bowie, born David Jones, released before changing his name to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees, and the first of two singles that he recorded with The Lower Third after leaving his previous band, The Manish Boys.

With The Lower Third, Bowie moved away from Americanised R&B of his two earlier singles into Who-style mod music. However, a typical concert at this time could incorporate "Mars" from Gustav Holst's The Planets and "Chim Chim Cheree" from Mary Poppins. Bowie's future manager Ken Pitt attended one of these mid-1960s concerts, where the band finished with Judy Garland's song "When You Walk Through a Storm".

Track listing

  1. "You've Got a Habit of Leaving" (Bowie) - 2:31
  2. "Baby Loves That Way" (Bowie) – 3:03

Production credits

Other releases

  • Both songs on the single were re-released by EMI in the UK on 2 March 1979 on the B-side of a 10" record; on the A-side of this re-release were the two songs from Bowie's previous single with The Manish Boys, "I Pity the Fool" and "Take My Tip". The cover of this release (see infobox) featured Bowie pictured with The Lower Third. This mini-compilation was reissued by See For Miles Records in October 1982, and as a 12" picture disc in June 1985.
  • It also appeared on the compilation Early On (1964-1966) in 1991.
  • Bowie recorded a new version of the song, nearly twice as long, in 2000 for the unreleased Toy album. This appeared on the European release of the single "Slow Burn" and the UK release of the single "Everyone Says 'Hi'"


  • Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: pp.19,101
  • David Buckley (1999). Strange Fascination - David Bowie: The Definitive Story, pp.30,50-51

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