We Are The Dead

Album: Diamond Dogs (1974)

Songfacts®:

  • This is based on a line from George Orwell's novel 1984 - "We are the dead" are the last words Winston Smith says to Julia before they are caught by the Thought Police. Bowie wrote the song for a musical adaptation of the book but failed to get authorization from the Orwell estate. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Charlie - Stittstown, Canada
  • Marilyn Manson put this #1 on his list of "The Songs That Made Me" for a feature in Rolling Stone, explaining that it was a huge influence on his Antichrist Superstar album. "It felt like it was about the culture of Hollywood, the disgusting cannibalism," he said.

Comments: 2

  • Jenny from Hereford, EnglandI agree with you,Jon,it does seem like Winston is singing it and I almost expect O'Brien to come from behind the picture and echo him xxx
    Wowowowo what a fantastic lp that is!!!I think "Candidate"/"Sweet Thing"/"Candidate" (reprise) is the best thing on the Lp though,and then segues into "Rebel Rebel" mmmmmmmmmmmmmxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    LOVE that man xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Jon from Whittier, CaThe best 1984-inspired song on the album, because Bowie sings it with such melancholic dispair...but it's very close to the book with the lyrics. Makes it look like Winston sung it, not David.
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