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Future Legend
by David Bowie

And in the death,
As the last few corpses lay rotting on the slimy
The shutters lifted in inches in Temperance Building,
High on Poacher's Hill.
And red, mutant, eyes gaze down on Hunger City.
No more big wheels.

Fleas the size of rats sucked on rats the size of cats,
And ten thousand peoploids split into small tribes,
Coveting the highest of the sterile skyscrapers,
Like packs of dogs assaulting the glass fronts of Love-Me Avenue.
Ripping and rewrapping mink and shiny silver fox, now leg-warmers.
Family badge of sapphire and cracked emerald.
Any day now,
The year of the Diamond Dogs.

"This ain't Rock'n'Roll,
This is Genocide."

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: DAVID BOWIE

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Andrew Dexter

1974, I was just five years old, my grandfather Bill had the album, he used to play the start, and as soon as I heard it, I would scream in fear as it really frightened me so much.

Mrbrbusby .busby

Andrew Dexter Omg. That was approx my same experience. We were in ATL in ‘74. There was a real big gay scene. My mom was in the Anita Bryant orange juice cult and wouldn’t let me and my bro go to the Bowie show. He put me on headphones on future legend. And I went no. 2 in my Disney swim trunks.

Drew Glenn

Thanks to my dad, I was told at 6 years old that this is the greatest bowie record ever made. I knew it then, I know it now.


Back in ‘74, this song got me one of the few gold stars I ever got at school when the teacher asked the class what was the word that meant ‘the extermination of an entire race”. Quick as a flash I shouted out “it’s genocide, Miss”!
I left out the ‘this ain’t rock n roll’ part, though!


thanks for this, i always loved how smooth the transition was between these two on vinyl, the gap between songs on digital just ruins it.

willie twilligerrock

If three songs, as opposed to an entire album, can constitute a masterpiece, it'd be the first three songs on this album, especially "Sweet Thing"

Don Jonsen

Listening to Diamond Dogs before this is like listening to Livin'Lovin'Maid before Heartbreaker

Morg Ellon

Favorite Bowie album. Record player broken, thanks for posting this.

Marilyne Chenuet

It's the FIRST album that i heard, when i was teenager... in 1984 when "Scary Monsters" has been put on sale, a camarade of class took me home to make me listen "Diamond Dogs" and... i LOVED that :-). Thanks for the link because to have "Future legend" AND "Diamond Dogs", it's... you're the only one who proposed it ;-)

Jason Lefler

Thank you for the upload.

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