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Union Of The Snake by Duran Duran

Album: Seven And The Ragged TigerReleased: 1983Charted:
  • Duran Duran is rarely forthcoming about the meanings behind their songs, but this appears to be about the evil part of you taking over and consuming your body. The snake represents that other side of you. (thanks, Jenny - Toronto, Canada)
  • In 1984, Duran Duran released The Book Of Words, which contained lyrics to their songs. In the book, Simon Le Bon explained, "Borderline might be one between the conscious and subconscious minds." He admitted in later interviews that it was a reference to tantric sex. (thanks, Shine - Perth, Australia)
  • This was inspired by Jim Morrison's lyrics for The Doors' albums. Simon Le Bon told Spinner: "There are times when I get into books and things and some of that comes up on the record or I'll get into a certain artist. An obvious example of that is 'Union of The Snake' and 'Hungry Like The Wolf' are very much related to Jim Morrison and his lyrical ideas."
  • When the band got back together in 2002, bass player John Taylor dubbed it the "reunion of the snake."
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Comments: 4

I wish they spent a bit more time on the lyrics and hit the chorus a few less times in the song. They could have been a bit more playful with the sexuality. It's a good song but it could have been much better.Steve - Chino Hills
I always thought "Union of the Snake" was a reference to the United States - one of the early flags used in the American Revolution featured a snake with the slogan, "Don't Tread On Me". Guess I was way off!Jeff - Boston, Ma
Isn't that snake-ist?Susan - Airdrie, -
Despite what Duran Duran sing about, there isn't actually an union established that allows snakes as members.Ronnie - Huddersfield, England