"Diamond Dogs" as written by and David / Bowie....
This ain't rock'n'roll, this is genocide

As they pulled you out of the oxygen tent
You asked for the latest party
With your silicone hump and your ten inch stump
Dressed like a priest you was
Todd Browning's freak you was

Crawling down the alley on your hands and knee
I'm sure you're not protected, for it's plain to see
The diamond dogs are poachers and they hide behind trees
Hunt you to the ground they will, mannequins with kill appeal

(Will they come?)
I'll keep a friend serene
(Will they come?)
Oh baby, come unto me
(Will they come?)
Well, she's come, been and gone
Come out of the garden, baby
You'll catch your death in the fog
Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs

The Halloween Jack is a real cool cat
And he lives on top of Manhattan Chase
The elevator's broke, so he slides down a rope
Onto the street below, oh Tarzie, go man go

Meet his little hussy with his ghost town approach
Her face is sans feature, but she wears a Dali brooch
Sweetly reminiscent, something mother used to bake
Wrecked up and paralyzed, Diamond Dogs are stabilized

(Will they come?)
I'll keep a friend serene
(Will they come?)
Oh baby, come unto me
(Will they come?)
Well, she's come, been and gone
Come out of the garden, baby
You'll catch your death in the fog
Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
Oo-oo-ooh, call them the Diamond Dogs
Oo-oo-ooh, call them the Diamond Dogs

In the year of the scavenger, the season of the bitch
Sashay on the boardwalk, scurry to the ditch
Just another future song, lonely little kitsch
(There's gonna be sorrow) try and wake up tomorrow

(Will they come?)
I'll keep a friend serene
(Will they come?)
Oh baby, come unto me
(Will they come?)
Well, she's come, been and gone
Come out of the garden, baby
You'll catch your death in the fog
Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
Oo-oo-ooh, call them the Diamond Dogs
Oo-oo-ooh, call them the Diamond Dogs

Bow-wow, woof woof, bow-wow, wow
Call them the Diamond Dogs
Dogs
Call them the Diamond Dogs, call them, call them
Call them the Diamond Dogs, call them, call them, ooo
Call them the Diamond Dogs

Keep cool
Diamond Dogs rule, ok
Hey-hey-hey-hey
Beware of the Diamond Dogs
Beware of the Diamond Dogs
Beware of the Diamond Dogs


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"Diamond Dogs" as written by David Bowie

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  • +3
    General CommentI'm surprised that no one's mentioned something fairly obvious about the title of this song/album:

    Diamonds are a girl's best friend.
    Dogs are a man's best friend.
    PtolemyKittyon December 18, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think david bowie wrote this song using his old trick of cutting up bits of paper with random words on them and picking them up in a random order as he has done many times.
    i think you are all reading just a little too much into this song.
    attila_carnakion March 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song sets up the whole post-apocalyptic theme of the album perfectly.

    I also say that "Ziggy Stardust," "Aladdin Sane" and "Diamond Dogs" form a glam-rock trilogy and the theme kinda' progresses from album to album. "Ziggy" was sort of all about a rock and roll messiah bringing peace and love to the world but being consumed by his own excess in the end. "Aladdin Sane" is sort of Ziggy's evil twin. Like it's risen from the ashes but instead of representing all the wonderful positive stuff about rock it sort of represents all the nasty stuff, the drugs and sex and fury. And then Diamond Dogs is the aftermath. A world completely consumed by such vices. Whoo, such much thinking...
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust another future song, lonely little kitsch
    (There's gonna be sorrow) try and wake up tomorrow

    The Diamond Dogs album is all future armageddon post nuculear holocaust imagery.

    The elevator's broke, so he slides down a rope.

    Where've you ever seen a broke down elevator in Manhattan? I see Omega Man reference.

    I love the word art.

    Mannequins with kill appeal!

    Beautiful.
    coo2kachooon April 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Future Legend" is an intro to the song Diamond Dogs:

    And in the death
    As the last few corpses lay rotting on the slimy thoroughfare
    The shutters lifted in inches in Temperance Building
    High on Poacher's Hill
    And red mutant eyes gaze down on Hunger City
    No more big wheels

    Fleas the size of rats sucked on rats the size of cats
    And ten thousand peoploids split into small tribes
    Coveting the highest of the sterile skyscrapers
    Like packs of dogs assaulting the glass fronts of Love-Me Avenue
    Ripping and rewrapping mink and shiny silver fox, now legwarmers
    Family badge of sapphire and cracked emerald
    Any day now

    The Year of the Diamond Dogs


    There's the clue to a Diamond Dog, what it is - I guess it's like the album cover picture, a dog person, some bizzaro future creature:

    "peoploids split into small tribes
    Coveting the highest of the sterile skyscrapers
    Like packs of dogs"

    but since it's David Bowie talking the peoploid probably not literally a half-dog half-person, but what can become of a person in post nuclear holocaust - stripped of all the techne from centuries of industry - we become dogs.

    I remember a diamond collar on the cover picture too and this quote:

    "Ripping and rewrapping mink and shiny silver fox, now legwarmers
    Family badge of sapphire and cracked emerald "

    gives me the picture of people scavenging store fronts, turning fancy furs into clothing and toidy jewlery of the dead wealthy into the decoration of the mutant survivors.

    IMAGERY ORGY
    coo2kachooon April 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you don't like this song then you don't like bowie because this is a great bowie song.
    qdbacon September 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI had been listening to and enjoying this song for quite some time without really noticing any significance of the words--until recently reading someone else's take on the similarities between the lyrics of "Diamond Dogs" and Samuel R. Delany's novel, "Dhalgren."

    (In other words, I've read these references elsewhere and are not mine, except for the possibility of the "Halloween Jack" part referencing two characters instead of one. That one's my own speculation.)

    The first similarity would be the "ten inch stump" line at the beginning of the song. At the beginning of the book, the main character ("Kid") sleeps with a woman he has just met. Shortly after, she turns into a tree.

    "Dressed like a priest you was" could be a reference to Reverand Amy Taylor, who, while she isn't a priest, dresses in Catholic priest robes.

    "Halloween Jack", who "lives on top of Manhattan Chase", could reference Tak Loufer, a man that lives on top of a highrise, much like Manhattan Chase. One could arguably say that it only references Tak, since Tak and Jack are rhyming names, but it's also possible that it references both Tak and a man Tak attempts to get into his bed, Jack.

    There are probably many more references scattered throughout the novel, but I'm only about a hundred pages into it so far.
    crimeofpassionon March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis Song, as well as this entire album just creeps me out. But in a good way. Apparently the Diamond Dogs were originally hookers from the Moulin Rouge. Or maybe that's just the movie? Anyway, this song is under-rated.
    scimitar_255on July 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy the way scimitar, the dancers thing was just for the movie, I think the diamond dogs were creatures who were like the scum that creeped out at night in the darkness of a corrupted city. Based on Future Legend and Diamond Dogs.
    PtolemyKittyon December 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo your right he did, he did that pretty much for the whole album actually...its not like when you do cut ups though, you just use what appears. You gotta work it into a song.
    PtolemyKittyon March 20, 2006   Link

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