"All the Young Dudes" as written by and David Bowie....
Billy rapped all night 'bout his suicide
How he'd kick it in the head when he was 25
Don't wanna stay alive when you're 25

Wendy's stealing clothes from unlocked cars
Freddy's got spots from ripping off stars from his face
Funky little boat race
The television man is crazy
Saying we're juvenile delinquent wrecks
Man I need a TV when I've got T. Rex
Hey brother you guessed I'm a dude

All the young dudes
Carry the news
Boogaloo dudes
Carry the news

All the young dudes
Carry the news
Boogaloo dudes
Carry the news

Now Jimmy looking sweet though he dresses like a queen
He can kick like a mule
It's a real mean team
We can love
Oh we can love
And my brother's back at home
With his Beatles and his Stones
We never got if off on that revolution stuff
What a drag
Too many snags
Well I drunk a lot of wine
And I'm feeling fine
Gonna race some cat to bed
Is this concrete all around
Or is it in my head
Oh brother you guessed I'm a dude

All the young dudes
Carry the news
Boogaloo dudes
Carry the news

All the young dudes
Carry the news
Boogaloo dudes
Carry the news


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"All the Young Dudes" as written by David Bowie

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  • +5
    General CommentSome British slang that may not be obvious for non-Brits:

    "Marks and Sparks" = Marks and Spencer, a high street clothing chain store.

    "boat race" = face (Cockney rhyming slang)
    wren611on October 03, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentApparently this has become a bit of a gay anthem. I still use it as my song, even if I'm straight, because I'm a dude.
    Anderson_Councilon December 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's DEFFINATELY "news" not "nudes".
    But yeah, I feel this song not as an anthem of sexuality (since most glam artists were straight) but of rebellion. The reason they dressed glam was because it was taboo back then. Same with the New York Dolls, it was just a scene they were into.
    But yeah, it has such a good melody. I also like the way he drops the names of other bands like T.Rex and The beatles and stones.

    GREAT TUNE
    bgbobcat77on May 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like this tune a lot too. I guess it has some gay overtones, but I think if you look at the time it was written, it kind of fits into that whole early 70's androgynous glam rock scene. In fact, it was written by David Bowie, the king (queen?) of androgyny.
    xerophyteon August 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line about Wendy depends on which edit you have - the radio edit has unlocked cars to stop M&S complaining.
    It's unlikely 'Freddie' refers to Freddie Mercury, Queen had only formed a year before the song was written, hadn't released their first album, and were probably not contemporaries - certainly not famous enough to be put in a song alongside the established T-Rex (who had kick-started the Glam Rock scene over a year before).
    Bowie offered the band Suffragette City - but they didn't like it so he wrote this song specifically for them - it was never written for the Ziggy album.
    Wyrmon August 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "All the young dudes, carry the nudes."

    I like the whole anthem feel to it. But it's really about the younger generation rejecting the previous generation: their music (Beatles and Stones), their age: (Speed jive don’t want to stay alive, When you’re twenty-five) and their set gender roles. Androgyny was a trend at the time and it was popular for this generation to experiment with bisexuality and gender bending. There are references to homosexuality in this song: (Got to race some cat to bed) but at the time I think more people played around with the idea than were actually gay or bi.
    sangsueon December 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's news, not nudes.
    sh33pdogon January 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song, I use it as my song and im a chick...I think its about teens and how nobody trusts them cuz their "juvenile delinquent wrecks"
    and a little bit of gay or glam quotes...
    I love it, its my fave song.
    guitarbritton July 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo no-one has anything to say about the stuff in brackets, it sounds like a live recording so who was the guy with the glasses who was 'brought to the front'.
    Scolopaxon September 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat are the parts in the parenthesis about ? with the guy in glasses being brought to the front ?
    spanky2689on July 06, 2009   Link

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