When all the world was very young
And mountain magic heavy hung
The supermen would walk in file
Guardians of a loveless isle
And gloomy browed with super fear their tragic endless lives
Heaves nor sighs in solemn, perverse serenity
wondrous beings chained to life

Strange games they would play then
No death for the perfect men
Life rolls into one for them
So softly a super god cries

Where all were minds in uni-thought
Power is weird by mystics taught
No pain, no joy, no power too great
Colossal strength to grasp a fate
Where sad-eyed mermen tossed in slumbers
Nightmare dreams no mortal mind could hold
A man would tear his brother's flesh, a chance to die
To turn to mold

Far out in the red-sky
Far out from the sad eyes
Strange, mad celebration
So softly a super god cries

Far out in the red-sky
Far out from the sad eyes
Strange, mad celebration
So softly a super god dies

Lyrics submitted by scottathon1, edited by spacebat11

"The Supermen" as written by David Bowie

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is great because of the power of the imagery. What it does is it makes me imagine what it must have been like to actually believe with all your heart the tales of the mythical greek gods. Wow, what a trip! To actually believe that teh world was created by superpowerful gods with human-like qualities...it's a thought that has an intrinsic attractiveness though, especially when the gods are masculine. Plenty of women still act on a sort of belief in polytheism, but their gods are faeries or angels with only good intentions, e.g. to make your pregnancy go well. These gods are badasses with good and bad intentions. It would be pretty interesting if this kind of polytheism came back into style.
    The second to last stanza is especially epic. What imagery!!! "minds in uni-thought?" FREAKY "Nigtmare dreams no mortal mind could hold?" WOAH This is some heavy shit, and fascinating! Way to go Bowie. This is Bowie's masculine side coming through.
    jtatfsuon January 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a one-of-a-kind song from a one-of-a-kind album. David Bowie was so unique.. it blows me away.
    unoit4realon February 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Bowie songs... it so Bowie
    42ozon March 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsome old gods coming back or something? who knows.. its great
    42ozon July 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song i love how you can feel the emotion in bowies Voice in the third verse. through out the whole song bowie talks about how the super men are immortal and would do any thing to die.i feel there could be some deerper meaning and maybe a connection to bowies life and that he felt like he had been liveing forever and was just waiting for a chance to die, To turn to mold
    MidnightFoxon May 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta great song to end a great album
    farrellon October 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is most likely refrence to nietzsche's supermen writings.
    kylemaderon September 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwith a nod to Lovecraft
    Hungryforalynchinon September 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is why I love Bowie, he writes songs that make you think. To me, he is the rock and roll equivalent of Stanley Kubrick.
    glados146on August 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is reminiscent of Nietzsche, I love love love this song
    ZenMoonduston August 28, 2010   Link

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