We Are The Dead

Album: Diamond Dogs (1974)
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  • Something kind of hit me today
    I looked at you and wondered if you saw things my way
    People will hold us to blame
    It hit me today, it hit me today

    We're taking it hard all the time
    Why don't we pass it by?
    Just reply, you've changed your mind
    We're fighting with the eyes of the blind
    Taking it hard, taking it hard

    Yet now
    We feel that we are paper, choking on you nightly
    They tell me "Son, we want you, be elusive, but don't walk far"
    For we're breaking in the new boys, deceive your next of kin
    For you're dancing where the dogs decay, defecating ecstasy
    You're just an ally of the leecher
    Locator for the virgin King, but I love you in your fuck-me pumps
    And your nimble dress that trails
    Oh, dress yourself, my urchin one, for I hear them on the rails
    Because of all we've seen, because of all we've said
    We are the dead

    One thing kind of touched me today
    I looked at you and counted all the times we had laid
    Pressing our love through the night
    Knowing it's right, knowing it's right

    Now I'm hoping some one will care
    Living on the breath of a hope to be shared
    Trusting on the sons of our love
    That someone will care, someone will care

    But now
    We're today's scrambled creatures, locked in tomorrow's double feature
    Heaven's on the pillow, its silence competes with hell
    It's a twenty-four hour service, guaranteed to make you tell
    And the streets are full of press men
    Bent on getting hung and buried
    And the legendary curtains are drawn 'round Baby Bankrupt
    Who sucks you while you're sleeping
    It's the theater of financiers
    Count them, fifty 'round a table
    White and dressed to kill

    Oh caress yourself, my juicy
    For my hands have all but withered
    Oh dress yourself my urchin one, for I hear them on the stairs
    Because of all we've seen, because of all we've said
    We are the dead
    We are the dead
    We are the dead Writer/s: David Robert Jones, Reeves C. Gabrels
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 3

  • Ian from TorontoYep, Jenny, I agree completely. Sweet Thing suite is probably my favourite Bowie thing. Ironically, his big hit, Rebel Rebel, though a great little rocker, is the least interesting cut on the album by far. It'd be the first song I'd drop from the lp if I had too.
  • 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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