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The Supermen Lyrics

Artist: David Bowie
Album: Man Who Sold The World

When all the world was very young
And mountain magic heavy hung
The supermen would walk in file
Guardians of a loveless isle
And gloomy browed with superfear their tragic endless
lives
Could heave nor sigh
In solemn, perverse serenity, wondrous beings chained to life

Strange games they would play then
No death for the perfect men
Life rolls into one for them
So softly a superGod cries

Where all were minds in uni-thought
Powers weird by mystics taught
No pain, no joy, no power too great
Colossal strength to grasp a fate
Where sad-eyed merment tossed in slumbers
Nightmare dreams no mortal mind could hold
A man would tear his brother's flesh, a chance to die
To turn to mold.

Far out in the red-sky
Far out from the sad eyes
Strange, mad celebration
So softly a supergod cries

Far out in the red-sky
Far out from the sad eyes
Strange, mad celebration
So softly a supergod dies
Comments/Interpretations
by super G on 2/18/2009 9:46pm
in this song, David Bowie rips on Nazis. "Supermen" is a reference to Nietzsche's concept of the "Superman" which influenced Hitler's ideology and the Nazis.
by Ben Grant on 5/10/2009 11:41am
Line 8 - its sereneties not serenity
by Evan on 10/21/2011 1:47pm
This song references Nietzsche, who in turn was unknowingly discussing the Nephilim and their various progeny. Just check it out.
by Duderino on 6/27/2013 5:55pm
You are both correct from what I understand. Bowie was interested in ufology, the Occult, ancient civilization etc.
Hitlers interpretation of Nietzche's "Superman" was also shaped through his involvement with the Thule Society. These descriptions of a super-race date back to Sumeria, Egypt and the Legend of Atlantis.
by Walter Five on 8/6/2013 9:54am
That's "Mermen" not merment.


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