All clear wail the sirens
Sunshine on the wasteland
Old man sitting in the white sand
Think we're in for a big surprise
Right between the eyes

Seemed a good idea
To drop a bomb on the wasteland here
Only one man could be seen
And he was old and so serene
Captain sat in his deck chair
And the red light flashed Beware
Pilot felt quite big-time
As the bomb sailed through the air
Well, they danced and sang
When the bang went bang
When the lights popped out
And the smoke began to clear
It was positively queer


"Die" said the General
"Cobblers" said the man
So the Pentagon sent a cable
And the Queen a telegram
A-bombs, H-bombs, even very small ones
Ripped apart that sand
'Til the stench was just revolting
And the sky a greenish tan
But the soldier said "Sir,
There's a crack in the world"
And the figures went "squash",
And the bits flew far and wide
How the universe sighed!

[Chorus: x2]

When the smoke had blown away
There was nothing left to view
Except a man dear Lord who looked like you
Floating high up in the sky

Lyrics submitted by saturnine, edited by Teun

"Bombers" as written by David Bowie

Lyrics © TINTORETTO MUSIC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    General CommentYeah very simple...its about mutually assured destruction. Sooo good though...happy music for a dire concept. Well done, Bowie.
    fortheloveon January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabout the nuclear arms race, Cold War.
    ImreNagyon January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's more than a B-side, it's all about war. And wouldn't you know? It's 197! Great music, though.
    davidbowiefan1on October 01, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation Methinks The Gentleman -- The handsome, talented Gentleman -- is singing a song about . . . wait for it, wait for it. . . WAR! Never has a war song been more danceable. Good going, Mr. Bowie!
    CuteSparkinaon April 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt appears the song is not to be taken quite so literally, and certainly not as seriously, as most of you have. Apparently, it's some kind of piss take or harmless take off on Neil Young. As Bowie said himself in a '72 interview, "...there's a thing called 'Bombers' which is kind of a skit on Neil Young."So there ya go.
    Counterclockwerkon November 06, 2017   Link

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