CHANT (6x)
Shake it up, shake it up
Move it up, move it up

Bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro (repeat ad inf.)

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Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family Lyrics as written by David Bowie

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  • 0
    General CommentI believe that this one is a holdover from when "Diamond Dogs" was based on 1984, by George Orwell; in the book there is the five (or ten, can't recall at the moment) minute hate, in which everyone spits out their hatred towards the dissenters, given a face by a mannufactured rebel, and basically gets whipped into a frenzy. Unfortunately, Orwell's wife would now allow Bowie to use the text of the book on his album, so it was rewritten at the last moment.
    jimmymikeon January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, it's the minute of hate, quite obviously.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTwo minutes hate actually. Which fits in with the songs two minute length.
    stevenisgoodon June 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Bowie went off script here. I understand your comments, but I think that he is hitting on the other images of the album --the world is dangerous (post apocolytic (sp?) and there is always the dangerous people that will circle around to peck at the carcass.....That is the imagine I have taking into account the preamble of the album.
    Motown1on September 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remember during one of the last scenes in the Ministry of Love O'Brien takes Winston before a mirror and says 'If you are really a man then you are the last man on Eearth; what you see before you is all that remains of humanity' and the narration describes it as a world of skeletons. It is the moment at which most of his resolve was destroyed (the rest of it went during his visit to Room 101) and I think, along with the two-minute hate reference (which makes a lot of sense) I think this song is also a reference to Winston seeing himself in the mirrors.
    Mr. Murdockon November 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentright... I thought this was just some random intermission, branch off the big brother song.
    DJgifon June 06, 2009   Link
  • -2
    General CommentGod I just love the way the end came out. This is the follow-up of 1984. I still don't know what the reason is for the title of this song, but then again, he was too coked up, right? Originally, at the end, he wanted the final word to be "BROTHER!" IInstead, the record skipped. And when he listened to that, he said, "Scratch that. I want this instead!"
    davidbowiefan1on October 02, 2007   Link

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