"Big Brother" as written by and David Bowie....
Open up your mind and let some thought inside
Open up your mind as they all survey 4 out of 5
And they all survey 4 out of 5 and they all survey
Open up your mind and let some thought inside
Open up your mind as they all survey
And in this time of free thought it'd be a shame to let it rot
Open up your mind as they all survey

When you're all alone you'll never wanna know
Open up your mind as they all survey 4 out of 5 and they all survey
You gotta let some thought inside as they all survey

Caught between the parallels of life and death
And compromises fill the hours with new vices voices
Screaming time is numb single file come and follow
Choosing futures from brochures changing channels
No opinion losing track which way is up

Use your head for what it's there for
Though not one in the same receptive minds co-operate
Do not dissect the human race make one united higher plain
And in this time of free thought it'd be a shame to let it rot
Open up your mind and let some thought inside use your head, for what it's there for


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"Big Brother" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentTo me, this song means that the majority of the population only follow a mainstream path and change is the death of a person's dependence to the big people who run the world and are afraid of failure...
    Chris Hodgeon June 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's about foregoing the mainstream and making a valid attempt at the "worldwide conciousness". That is the ultimate human goal, after all.
    adamizeron March 31, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is clearly a reference to George Orwell's 1984, in which the citizens of the totalitarian government wheren't even allowed to have a single thought that wasn't censored. This relates where he states "in this time of free thought it'd be a shame to let it rot open up your mind and let some thought inside use your head, for what it's there for." Basically, he is saying that it's a shame that people don't use their minds in a free society like ours because if they were forced to live in a society where thought was not allowed, they'd be struggling against such a restriction.
    xdeadpoeticsxon March 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts more like mass censorship. Nobody can do anything because they're being monitored, watched, evaluated for something greater. He's sick of choosing either one or the other, having no variety in life, wanting to escape the constant surveys and statistics, to go into deeper thought without being persecuted as a traitor to his people. He's caught between masses of both sides, and wants to be the mediator, telling people to open their eyes to the drone commands, and think for themselves.
    joeynobodyon June 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI see it as about not conforming to what is the "standard" life style and way of thinking which we learn by dissecting how the people before us thought. Its about thinking for yourself and not letting others think for you and tell you how to think. And about being your own person.
    lemskinon August 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree about how this song is about not doing what is "mainstream". Cool fact about this song...play the "they all survey" part in the beginning backwards and it sounds like "never smile".
    interrogatethetruthon August 28, 2010   Link

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