"Fantastic Voyage" as written by Brian Eno and David Bowie....
In the event
that this fantastic voyage
Should turn to erosion
and we never get old
Remember it's true, dignity is valuable
But our lives are valuable too

We're learning to live with somebody's depression
And I don't want to live with somebody's depression
We'll get by, I suppose
It's a very modern world,
but nobody's perfect

It's a moving world,
but that's no reason
To shoot some of those missiles
Think of us as fatherless scum
It won't be forgotten
'Cause we'll never say anything nice again, will we?

And the wrong words make you listen
In this criminal world
Remember it's true, loyalty is valuable
But our lives are valuable too

We're learning to live with somebody's depression
And I don't want to live with somebody's depression
We'll get by I suppose
But any sudden movement I've got to write it down
They wipe out an entire race and I've got to write it down
But I'm still getting educated but I've got to write it down
And it won't be forgotten
'Cause I'll never say anything nice again, how can I?


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"Fantastic Voyage" as written by David Bowie Brian Eno

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    General CommentBowie himself has written that this song was related to the threat of nuclear holocaust, which in 1797, was very real indeed. He has stated that the "depression" referred to, was that of world leaders who seemed to be imposnig their misery on the rest of society. "We'll get by I suppose" only barely raises the spirits in this otherwise very downbeat, gentle song.
    milkshockon June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBowie himself has written that this song was related to the threat of nuclear holocaust, which in 1797, was very real indeed. He has stated that the "depression" referred to, was that of world leaders who seemed to be imposnig their misery on the rest of society. "We'll get by I suppose" only barely raises the spirits in this otherwise very downbeat, gentle song.
    milkshockon June 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationYeah....it's about the fear of nuclear war
    marklrhon January 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis songs seems to be talking about suicide. The fantastic voyage is life. If it ends "we never get old". The depression part could be referencing his half-brother who was institutionalized and commited suicide (although this happened in 1985, after the song was written). Regardless of who the song is about, it seems to be a plea for choosing life and dealing with depression and violent behaviors.
    zaphod_borgon January 20, 2006   Link

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