"Dodo" as written by and David / Bowie....
Now we can talk in confidence
Did you guess that we've been done wrong?
Lies jumped the queue to be first in line
Such a shameless design

He thinks he's well screened from the man at the top
It's a shame that his children disagree
They coolly decide to sell him down the line
Daddy's brainwashing time

He's a dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me
He's a dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me

She's quite enthralled with the childhood of yore
When a unit was a figure, not a she
When lovers chose each other, now the perks are due
Another memo to screw

She's a dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me
She's a dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me

Can you wipe your nose, my child
Without them slotting in your file a photograph?
Can you sleep alone at night
Wake to find the scorching light of neighbor Jim?
He's come to turn you in

Another dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me
Another dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me
Another dodo, didn't hear it from me


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"Dodo" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentNot completely sure what this is about. But it might be calling people who follow the law/rules idiots. Being a good citizen under fascism is stupidity. Neighbor Jim turning you in and is a dodo because of it. Daddy being viewed well by the elite/rulers. It reminds me of a later song by the Clash called "Cheat": "Don't use the rules, They're not for you, they're for the fools"
    HowardTCoon August 25, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationIndeed this song, like many others from Diamond Dogs, is a reference to Orwell's 1984. The lines

    He thinks he's well screened from the man at the top
    It's a shame that his children disagree
    They coolly decide to sell him down the line
    Daddy's brainwashing time

    may well refer to Winston's neighbour Parson, who is a loyal Party member, but in the end is turned in by one of his children (and even thinks that's okay because, in his brainwashed mind, he thinks it is his own fault and the child was right in turning his own father in).
    apobaseon June 17, 2017   Link
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    Song MeaningCome on people, crack a book now and then. The album's called 1984, no? So, -going out on a limb here- wouldn't it make since that this is all about the Thought Police, and the ordinary, everyday snitches -
    "
    He thinks he's well screened from the top.
    It's a shame his children disagree.
    They coolly decide to sell him down the line.
    Daddy's brainwashing time.
    "

    In 1984 the children are most people's inevitable snitch, who turn them in for suspected "treason".

    ... Come on people, a little thing called literacy.
    sadwednesdayon February 21, 2012   Link

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