Diamond Dogs

Album: Diamond Dogs (1974)
Charted: 21
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  • This ain't rock'n'roll, this is genocide

    As they pulled you out of the oxygen tent
    You asked for the latest party
    With your silicone hump and your ten inch stump
    Dressed like a priest you was
    Todd Browning's freak you was

    Crawling down the alley on your hands and knee
    I'm sure you're not protected, for it's plain to see
    The diamond dogs are poachers and they hide behind trees
    Hunt you to the ground they will, mannequins with kill appeal

    (Will they come?)
    I'll keep a friend serene
    (Will they come?)
    Oh baby, come unto me
    (Will they come?)
    Well, she's come, been and gone
    Come out of the garden, baby
    You'll catch your death in the fog
    Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
    Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs

    The Halloween Jack is a real cool cat
    And he lives on top of Manhattan Chase
    The elevator's broke, so he slides down a rope
    Onto the street below, oh Tarzie, go man go

    Meet his little hussy with his ghost town approach
    Her face is sans feature, but she wears a Dali brooch
    Sweetly reminiscent, something mother used to bake
    Wrecked up and paralyzed, Diamond Dogs are stabilized

    (Will they come?)
    I'll keep a friend serene
    (Will they come?)
    Oh baby, come unto me
    (Will they come?)
    Well, she's come, been and gone
    Come out of the garden, baby
    You'll catch your death in the fog
    Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
    Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
    Oo-oo-ooh, call them the Diamond Dogs
    Oo-oo-ooh, call them the Diamond Dogs

    In the year of the scavenger, the season of the bitch
    Sashay on the boardwalk, scurry to the ditch
    Just another future song, lonely little kitsch
    (There's gonna be sorrow) try and wake up tomorrow

    (Will they come?)
    I'll keep a friend serene
    (Will they come?)
    Oh baby, come unto me
    (Will they come?)
    Well, she's come, been and gone
    Come out of the garden, baby
    You'll catch your death in the fog
    Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
    Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs
    Oo-oo-ooh, call them the Diamond Dogs
    Oo-oo-ooh, call them the Diamond Dogs

    Bow-wow, woof woof, bow-wow, wow
    Call them the Diamond Dogs
    Dogs
    Call them the Diamond Dogs, call them, call them
    Call them the Diamond Dogs, call them, call them, ooo
    Call them the Diamond Dogs

    Keep cool
    Diamond Dogs rule, ok
    Hey-hey-hey-hey
    Beware of the Diamond Dogs
    Beware of the Diamond Dogs
    Beware of the Diamond DogsWriter/s: DAVID BOWIE
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, TINTORETTO MUSIC
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Comments: 8

  • Dylan from ForresThe character of Halloween Jack (the real cool cat) was originally intended to have a more fleshed out backstory. He lived alone at the very top of a Manhatten apartment complex and would go around the town in roller skates with a gang.
  • Hersch from Montreal, QcFor Nathan Defiance OH: a Dali Brooch is a piece of jewellry designed by Salvadore Dali.
  • David from Youngstown, OhAfter using the great (and now late) Mick Ronson on Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, Bowie took over lead guitar duties on the Diamond Dogs record. He does a great job on this song and, of course, Rebel, Rebel, with one of the most famous guitar bits in rock music history.
  • Jessy from Greensboro, NcHas anyone else noticed the instrumental similarities between this and The Stones' "Brown Sugar"? Does anybody know if this was intentional?
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhThis song was written in the cut-up writing style similiar to William S. Burroughs. This lead to many of the bizarre disjointed lyrics. I still haven't figured out what the hell a Dali brooch is.
  • Jeremy from Warren, RiBeck's version is the worst cover I ever heard in my life, and im surprised Bowie allowed him to ruin such a classic song like Diamond Dogs! No kudos for Beck or Bowie on the cover!
  • Laura from Eatontown, NjThis song was often covered live by New Jersey's own Dramarama, who are connected to Bowie through Uncle Floyd, a NJ-based TV personality who had his own local-access cable show for 20+ years through the late 1990s. Dramarama was one of the earliest musical acts to appear on The Uncle Floyd Show (circa 1981), and one of their songs, "Work For Food," pays homage to this. It turns out that Bowie, also a Floyd fan, has chosen to honor Floyd in song as well. If you check the lyrics to Bowie's song "Slip Away," you'll hear Bowie mention two puppets from Floyd's show, Bones Boy, and Floyd's erstwhile sidekick Oogie. It also mentions Uncle Floyd himself.
  • Rachel from South Point, OhMmm... great song. I like the Beck cover for Moulin Rouge as well.
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