"Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)" as written by and David / Bowie....
Watching him dash away, swinging an old bouquet (dead roses)
Sake and strange divine Uh-h-h-uh-h-uh you'll make it
Passionate bright young things, takes him away to war (don't fake it)
Sadden glissando strings
Uh-h-h-uh-h-uh, you'll make it

Who'll love Aladdin Sane
Battle cries and champagne just in time for sunrise
Who'll love Aladdin Sane

Motor sensational, Paris or maybe hell (I'm waiting)
Clutches of sad remains
Waits for Aladdin Sane you'll make it

Who'll love Aladdin Sane
Millions weep a fountain, just in case of sunrise
Who'll love Aladdin Sane

We'll love Aladdin Sane
Love Aladdin Sane

Who'll love Aladdin Sane
Millions weep a fountain, just in case of sunrise
Who'll love Aladdin Sane

We'll love Aladdin Sane
We'll love Aladdin Sane


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"Aladdin Sane" as written by David Bowie

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Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentThis is clearly about war & how the young are led into it with the promise of adventure, romance & glory. The three dates in the title refer to the year prior to the first two world wars. The third date is a presumption of the next...
    "You'll make it" refer to the empty hopes that people always say to those heading off into war. "Paris or maybe hell " refers to the chance that you could be posted either somewhere great or the trenches. "Clutches of sad remains" is the fate that awaits 'A Lad Insane' enough to put himself in a war. "Millions weeps a fountain" is the weeping of those who lost their loved ones. "
    It's about young men being led into war by the promise of "Passionate bright young things" in his bed.
    It's about the stupidity that leads boys to fight in a war. The first two in particular & a possible third sometime...
    @nthonyon May 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAladdin Sane=A ladd insane
    PtolemyKittyon December 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe subtitle always made me assume the song was about World War III, which goes in hand with the apocalyptic mood of the whole album. I think I read somewhere where Bowie said it was about young men partying before being sent off to war.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song Fact1913 and 1938 were the years before WWI and WWII. The question mark at the end of 197? implied that WWIII was just around the corner. Could it be about partying before the next war? Also Cold War tensions were high between America (where he resided) and the USSR.
    vanessa108on February 01, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAladdin Vein was going to be the original title of the track but Bowie thought the meaning would be too obvious then.
    BowieOwnsAllon January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like that title a tad bit better.
    fleshon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWritten aboard the QE2 in December 72 (David hated flying at this time) and inspired by Bowie's travels around the United States. The song and album title were actually a play on words refering to his Brother Terry who later died in a mental hospital near London, Cain Hill Hospital.
    kymson March 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBattle-cries and champagne
    just in time for sunrise

    David Bowie is king of poetic lyric!

    I love the match of form and content.

    Ever notice the strong similarity of "Emily Plays" (From Pin-Ups) and the piano and discordence of this song?
    coo2kachooon May 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf it was Aladdin Vein... that would be a drug reference, right? Or is it something else? Normally I'm not so naive, but I could see that having a few different meanings.
    whateverlolawantson March 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod knows, its gr8 tho
    Thebeatles123on July 02, 2006   Link

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