Someday they won't let you, now you must agree
The times they are a-telling, and the changing isn't free
You've read it in the tea leaves, the tracks are on TV
Beware the savage jaw
Of 1984

They'll break your pretty cranium, and fill it full of air
And tell you that you're eighty, lover you won't care
You'll be shooting up as usual like tomorrow wasn't there
Beware the savage jaw
Of 1984

(Come see, come see, remember me?)
We played at an all-night movie role
You said it would last, but I guess we rolled
In 1984 (who could ask for more?)
1984 (who could ask for more?)

Now we can talk in confidence
Did you guess that we've been done wrong?
Lies jump the queue to be first in line
Such a shameless design

He thinks he's well screened from the man at the top
It's a shame that his children disagree
They coolly decide to sell him down the line
Daddy's brainwashing time

He's a dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me (didn't hear it from me)
He's a dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me (didn't hear it from me)

She's doesn't recall her blessed childhood of yore
When a unit was a figure, not a she
When lovers chose each other seems the perks are due
Another memo to screw

She's a dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me (didn't hear it from me)
She's a dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me (didn't hear it from me)

Can you wipe your nose my child
Without them slotting in your file a photograph?
Will you sleep in fear tonight?
Wake to find the scorching light of neighbour Jim
He's come to turn you in

Another dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me (didn't hear it from me)
Another dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me (didn't hear it from me)
Another dodo, no no, didn't hear it from me (didn't hear it from me)

Come see, come see, remember me?
We played at an all-night movie role
You said it would last, but I guess we enrolled
In 1984 (who could ask for more?)
1984 (who could ask for more?)
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1984 (more)
1984 (who could ask for more?)
1984 (more)
1984 (who could ask for more?)
1984 (more)
1984 (who could ask for more?)
1984, ooh!


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"1984/Dodo" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentNot completely sure what this is about. But it might be calling people who follow the law/rules idiots. Being a good citizen under fascism is stupidity. Neighbor Jim turning you in and is a dodo because of it. Daddy being viewed well by the elite/rulers. It reminds me of a later song by the Clash called "Cheat": "Don't use the rules, They're not for you, they're for the fools"
    HowardTCoon August 26, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationIndeed this song, like many others from Diamond Dogs, is a reference to Orwell's 1984. The lines

    He thinks he's well screened from the man at the top
    It's a shame that his children disagree
    They coolly decide to sell him down the line
    Daddy's brainwashing time

    may well refer to Winston's neighbour Parson, who is a loyal Party member, but in the end is turned in by one of his children (and even thinks that's okay because, in his brainwashed mind, he thinks it is his own fault and the child was right in turning his own father in).
    apobaseon June 17, 2017   Link
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    Song MeaningCome on people, crack a book now and then. The album's called 1984, no? So, -going out on a limb here- wouldn't it make since that this is all about the Thought Police, and the ordinary, everyday snitches -
    "
    He thinks he's well screened from the top.
    It's a shame his children disagree.
    They coolly decide to sell him down the line.
    Daddy's brainwashing time.
    "

    In 1984 the children are most people's inevitable snitch, who turn them in for suspected "treason".

    ... Come on people, a little thing called literacy.
    sadwednesdayon February 21, 2012   Link

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