"1984" as written by and David / Bowie....
Someday they won't let you, now you must agree
The times they are a-telling, and the changing isn't free
You've read it in the tea leaves, and the tracks are on tv
Beware the savage jaw
Of 1984

They'll split your pretty cranium, and fill it full of air
And tell that you're eighty, but brother, you won't care
You'll be shooting up on anything, tomorrow's never there
Beware the savage jaw
Of 1984

Come see, come see, remember me?
We played out an all-night movie role
You said it would last, but I guess we enrolled
In 1984 (who could ask for more?)
1984 (who could ask for more?)
(More)

I'm looking for a vehicle, I'm looking for a ride
I'm looking for a party, I'm looking for a side
I'm looking for the treason that I knew in '65
Beware the savage jaw
Of 1984

Come see, come see, remember me?
We played out an all-night movie role
You said it would last, but I guess we enrolled
In 1984 (who could ask for more?)
1984 (who could ask for more?)
(More)

1984
1984
1984 (more)
1984
1984 (more)
1984


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"1984" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentBEWARE THE SAVAGE JAW OF NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR!!
    Ahem. *regains composture*
    I just got the album. This is the best song off it, even better than Rebel Rebel. Bowie is fuckin' awesome.
    Child Of Musicon May 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou just got the album, and I just re-listened to it after yearssszz.

    It is awesome. My new favorite off it is the bridge from Diamond Dogs to Rebel Rebel - or the Sweet Thing-Candidate-Sweet Thing Reprise portion.

    Really side A is just amazing. What an intro Future Legend is! A perfect album side.
    coo2kachooon June 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentimagine 1984 as a disco musical
    grey_soupon April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoohoo! the best year ever!! i was born that year!
    NicoleInWonderlandon May 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^now that's funny.

    The entire Diamond Dogs album was meant to be based on George Orwell's novel, "1984", about a totallitarian society. (I've heard that he couldn't get the rights, though.)
    Anadineon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmeh!
    NicoleInWonderlandon July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat Anadine said is true: he actually wanted "Diamond Dogs" to tour as a musical about "1984," and when he named the tour "1980 Floor Show," it was a play on "1984 Show." There are all kinds of references to the book on the album, including "We Are the Dead" (apparently a dialogue between Winston and Julia, the novel's main characters) and "Big Brother", the iconic despot in the novel who is worshipped as a hero by the mindless hordes.
    WolfTicketson June 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUmmmm.... it's "beware the savage LURE!" not jaw.
    rdnzlon July 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFunny he wasn't able to obtain permission for the "1984" theme but its so obviously based on that what with "We are the Dead," "1984," and "BIg Brother"

    This is by far one of the best songs of the album.
    PtolemyKittyon December 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentimagine 1984 as a disco musical
    grey_soupon April 14, 2006   Link

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