Bring Me The Disco King

Album: Reality (2003)
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  • You promised me the ending would be clear
    You'd let me know when the time was now
    Don't let me know when you're opening the door
    Stab me in the dark, let me disappear

    Memories that flutter like bats out of hell
    Stab you from the city spires
    Life wasn't worth the balance
    Or the crumpled paper it was written on

    Don't let me know we're invisible
    Don't let me know we're invisible

    Hot cash days that you trailed around
    Cold cold nights under chrome and glass
    Led me down river of perfumed limbs
    Sent me to the streets with the good time girls

    Don't let me know we're invisible
    Don't let me know we're invisible
    We could dance, dance, dance through' the fire
    Dance, dance, dance through' the fire

    Feed me no lies
    I don't know about you, I don't know about you
    Breathe through the years
    I don't know about you, I don't know about you
    Bring me the disco king
    I don't know about you, I don't know about you
    Dead or alive, bring me the disco king
    Bring me the disco king, bring me the disco king
    Bring me the disco king

    Spin-offs with those who slept like corpses
    Damp morning rays in the stiff bad clubs
    Killing time in the '70s
    Smelling of love through the moist winds
    Don't let me know when you're opening the door
    Close me in the dark, let me disappear
    Soon there'll be nothing left of me
    Nothing left to release

    Dance, dance, dance through' the fire
    Dance, dance, dance through' the fire
    Feed me no lies
    I don't know about you, I don't know about you
    Breathe through the years
    I don't know about you, I don't know about you
    Bring me the disco king
    I don't know about you, I don't know about you
    Dead or alive, bring me the disco king
    Bring me the disco king
    Bring me the disco king, bring me the disco king
    Bring me the disco king, bring me the disco king
    Bring me the disco king, bring me the disco king Writer/s: DAVID BOWIE
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 5

  • Roman Wilde from BcDance dance dance through the fire definitely makes me think of Shiva, who dances through all lives and deaths eternally, and the disco king I feel feel is Bowies ego, the ego that Shiva tramples in the image where he dances in the fire. "Soon there will be nothing left of me, nothing left to release." Seems an homage to the purification of ego represented by Shiva. Just some perhaps off base insights.
  • Steve from Berkeley, CaI'd say Sven has a good handle on what this song is about, at least in his first idea.
  • E-clown from Perpignan, FranceThere is a small video official about "bring me the disco king", you can see Bowie walking in a kind of forest with white trees but trees are upside down.
    I think this song is about death. Forest is a symbol of life ordinary. I think bowie stopped references about drug in his recent songs. In reality album you can find stories about ordinary people mixed with bowie feelings. 11th of september had to stay in his mind like a big fear to die, his age, his parents dead...heathen album showed already a lot of death elements.
  • Sven from Tuebingen, Germanyi think it is just about the end of the disco era and about the end of the youth in general. i think it reflects bowie's own experiences with drugs, one-night-stands and waking up in strange city with a bad hang-over. the line "spending time in the 70's" may refers to his own wild-times of glam and parties. memories are flying "like bats out of hell", the life isnt "worth the crumbled paper it was written on". it is like a look to past with regrets. Now he has "cold nights full of chrome and glass" and without "good time girls". the world of the disco and the glamour was ,in his eyes, a world of lies. he feels betrayed when he asks at the beginning for the promises, which werent fullfilled. and he doesnt know about he dico king as keenan says. but that is just brain-storming. i believe it is a highly metaphorical song, which plays with the images they come to mind hearing the descriptions of the places and situations, e.g. dancing on fire, chrome and glass, rivers of perfume, stepping in the dark, bats out of hell. my second idea and interpetation is, that this song is about a hard working 9-5 guy who wishes to break out of his life. he is bored and regrets not to have been part of the party community. he was only "killing time in the 70's" and not partying. he is jealous and wants the head of the disco king, who represents the party community. but in fact, i have no idea what this song is about.
  • Ruben from Utrecht, NetherlandsThe song is featured on the soundtrack of 'Underworld'. Maynard James Keenan of Tool has a guest appearance on it, singing only the words 'bring me the disco king, bring me the head of the disco king'. But what on earth is the song about? Anyone?
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