"Alternative Candidate" as written by and David Bowie....
Inside every teenage girl there's a fountain
Inside every young pair of pants there's a mountain
Inside every mother's eyes is Tommy Tinkrem's bed
Inside every candidate waits a grateful dead

I make it a thing, when I'm on my own to relieve myself
I make it a thing, when I gazelle on stage to believe in myself
I make it a thing, to glance in window panes and look pleased with myself
Yeah, and pretend I'm walking home

I took it so bad, I sat in the correction room
Took me a fag, and a kick in the moon
Well, I ain't gonna suck no radar wing
Because inside this tin is tin
Would you like to techno-plate cause I'm your candidate
Oh yeah

It's a matter of life
And the way you walk, you've got a BrylCream queen
It's a matter of tact
In the things you talk, that keeps his passport clean
A matter of fact
That a cock ain't a cock on a twelve inch screen
So I'll pretend I'm walking home

You don't have to scream a lot to keep an age in tune
You don't have to scream a lot to predict monsoons
You don't have to paint my contact black
Now I've hustled a pair of jeans
Do I have to give your money back when I'm the Fuhrerling

I'll make you a deal
I'll say I came from from Earth and my tongue is taped
I'll make you a deal
You can get your kicks on the candidate
I'll make you a deal
For your future's sake, I'm the candidate
Let's pretend we're walking home

uh-huh, uh-huh
I'm the candidate
I'm the candidate
Vote now for the candidate


Lyrics submitted by Mr. Murdock

"Alternative Candidate [Demo Version]" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentOkay it probably seems kind of arrogant to be the firs to comment on lyrics you yourself suggested but I don't care. This song was one of the first recorded for the '1984' musical that was shot down by Orwell's widow, as she held the rights and disaproved of the idea. I think this song is about how Oceana's goal is to make a society in which the only love that exists is love for Big Brother and Julia, by becoming Winston's lover is becoming an 'alternative candidate'.
    Mr. Murdockon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is incredablly oblique and I have no idea what it means, much less how it would have fit into the 1984 musical. All the gay slang and werid sexual discussion makes it a little surprising first time you hear it. The guy in the liner notes for the speacil edition of Diamond Dogs, in which a second disc that has this song on it is included, calls it "one of the the flithest songs in rock history" which strikes me as a very naive thing to say. Anyway, Bowie's vocals sound nice on this one, I like the piano stuff, and it's pretty darn catchy. Not that I understand it.
    Bonehead XLon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust a demo for the original musical he was going to make. Nothing more.
    davidbowiefan1on September 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI still don't know how screaming a lot could possibly help in predicting a monsoon.
    GarbageBoxEXTREMEon December 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI still don't know how screaming a lot could possibly help in predicting a monsoon.
    GarbageBoxEXTREMEon December 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYeah---David Bowie wrote this song for 1984--and that's the most obvious answer. What is pretty cool are the sexual undertones, almost like recruitment, and he switches it up to where you can't tell if HE is being recruited, or is he recruiting ?
    Just a phenominal artist. I have no idea what all of the song means--but the music is just incredibile
    RealMusicsGoneon January 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is bowie speaking to his cultural impact as a space alien / drag queen. He didn't create this monsoon by screaming, he did it by pretending he was just walking home as he put on a major androgynous bender on the world. THe fountain was already to explode.

    His tact did keep his passport clean. He wanted to be accepted in the world. He is the candidate for the grateful dead. Politicians look at masses as inert. He sees them as malleable and ready to explode also.
    john800240on March 13, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWasn't this the period when Bowie was into the cut-up techniques practised by the likes of William Burroughs?
    He wrote out lyrics on paper, then cut them up and re-arranged them randomly.
    The lyrics can thus probably be interpreted any way you want, as they are at best vague, non specific and crudely juxtaposed.
    Works though doesn't it? One of his best songs imo
    SmokednCuredon February 22, 2015   Link

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