"All the Young Dudes" as written by and David Bowie....
Well, Billy rapped all night about his suicide
How he'd kick it in the head when he was twenty-five
Speed jive, don't want to stay alive
When you're twenty-five
And Wendy's stealing clothes from Marks & Sparks
And Freddy's got spots from ripping off the stars from his face
Funky little boat race
Television man is crazy saying we're juvenile delinquent wrecks
Oh, man, I need TV when I've got T.Rex
Oh brother, you guessed
I'm a dude, dad

All the young dudes (hey dudes!)
Carry the news (where are you?)
Boogaloo dudes (stand up, come on)
Carry the news
All the young dudes (I want to hear you)
Carry the news (I want to see you)
Boogaloo dudes (I want to talk to you, all of you)
Carry the news (now)

Lucy looks sweet 'cause he dresses like a queen
But he can kick like a mule, it's a real mean team
But we can love
Oh yes, we can love
And my brother's back at home with his Beatles and his Stones
We never got it off on that revolution stuff
What a drag, too many snags
Now I've drunk a lot of wine and I'm feeling fine
Got to race some cat to bed
Oh, is that concrete all around
Or is it in my head?
I'm a dude, dad

All the young dudes (hey dudes)
Carry the news (where are you?)
Boogaloo dudes (stand up)
Carry the news
All the young dudes (I want to hear you)
Carry the news (I want to see you)
Boogaloo dudes (I want to relate to you)
Carry the news
All the young dudes (what dudes?)
Carry the news (let's hear the news, come on)
Boogaloo dudes (I want to kick you)
Carry the news

(Hey, you there)
All the young dudes
(With the glasses)
Carry the news (I want you)
Boogaloo dudes (I want you in the front)
Carry the news (now)
(Now, you're his friends)
All the young dudes (now you bring him down)
('Cause I want him)
Carry the news
Boogaloo dudes (I want him right here)
(Bring him, come on)
Carry the news (bring him)
(Here you go)
All the young dudes
(I've wanted to do this for years)
Carry the news
(There you go!)
Boogaloo dudes
(How'd it feel?)
Carry the news

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"All The Young Dudes" as written by David Bowie

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  • +5
    General CommentSome British slang that may not be obvious for non-Brits:

    "Marks and Sparks" = Marks and Spencer, a high street clothing chain store.

    "boat race" = face (Cockney rhyming slang)
    wren611on October 03, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentApparently this has become a bit of a gay anthem. I still use it as my song, even if I'm straight, because I'm a dude.
    Anderson_Councilon December 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's DEFFINATELY "news" not "nudes".
    But yeah, I feel this song not as an anthem of sexuality (since most glam artists were straight) but of rebellion. The reason they dressed glam was because it was taboo back then. Same with the New York Dolls, it was just a scene they were into.
    But yeah, it has such a good melody. I also like the way he drops the names of other bands like T.Rex and The beatles and stones.

    bgbobcat77on May 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like this tune a lot too. I guess it has some gay overtones, but I think if you look at the time it was written, it kind of fits into that whole early 70's androgynous glam rock scene. In fact, it was written by David Bowie, the king (queen?) of androgyny.
    xerophyteon August 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a great song, I use it as my song and im a chick...I think its about teens and how nobody trusts them cuz their "juvenile delinquent wrecks"
    and a little bit of gay or glam quotes...
    I love it, its my fave song.
    guitarbritton July 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat are the parts in the parenthesis about ? with the guy in glasses being brought to the front ?
    spanky2689on July 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line about Wendy depends on which edit you have - the radio edit has unlocked cars to stop M&S complaining.
    It's unlikely 'Freddie' refers to Freddie Mercury, Queen had only formed a year before the song was written, hadn't released their first album, and were probably not contemporaries - certainly not famous enough to be put in a song alongside the established T-Rex (who had kick-started the Glam Rock scene over a year before).
    Bowie offered the band Suffragette City - but they didn't like it so he wrote this song specifically for them - it was never written for the Ziggy album.
    Wyrmon August 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "All the young dudes, carry the nudes."

    I like the whole anthem feel to it. But it's really about the younger generation rejecting the previous generation: their music (Beatles and Stones), their age: (Speed jive don’t want to stay alive, When you’re twenty-five) and their set gender roles. Androgyny was a trend at the time and it was popular for this generation to experiment with bisexuality and gender bending. There are references to homosexuality in this song: (Got to race some cat to bed) but at the time I think more people played around with the idea than were actually gay or bi.
    sangsueon December 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's news, not nudes.
    sh33pdogon January 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo no-one has anything to say about the stuff in brackets, it sounds like a live recording so who was the guy with the glasses who was 'brought to the front'.
    Scolopaxon September 21, 2008   Link

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