The Supermen
David Bowie Lyrics


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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 super fear their tragic endless lives
Heaves nor sighs 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 super god cries

Where all were minds in uni-thought
Power is weird by mystics taught
No pain, no joy, no power too great
Colossal strength to grasp a fate
Where sad-eyed mermen 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 super god cries

Far out in the red-sky
Far out from the sad eyes




Strange, mad celebration
So softly a super god dies

Overall Meaning

The Supermen, a song by the legendary David Bowie, is a deep and mysterious track that requires an insightful interpretation. The lyrics speak of a time when the world was young, and the so-called "supermen" walked in file, guarding a loveless isle. These beings were powerful and immortal, yet trapped in their tragic, endless lives. They played strange games that had no consequence, rolling life into one, all while under the watchful eye of a "super god."


The song's lyrics suggest a world where power, strength, and perfection reign supreme, but where joy, pain, and mortality are absent. These supermen live in a world that is both perfect and dystopian, where even nightmare dreams have no effect on them. The lyrics suggest that power is weirdly taught by mystics and that these beings have the strength and power to grasp their own fates. Yet even with all their might, they are chained to life and cannot escape it.


The song's chorus speaks of a strange, mad celebration that occurs far out in the red-sky, and even the super god cries softly. These enigmatic lyrics could suggest that even the all-powerful can feel loss, sadness, and perhaps even a longing for something more. The Supermen is a song that leaves much to interpretation, yet one can't help but marvel at Bowie's poetic lyrics and ability to create an otherworldly atmosphere through music.


Line by Line Meaning

When all the world was very young
When Earth was still in its early days


And mountain magic heavy hung
And there was a mystical aura all around the grand mountains


The supermen would walk in file
The supermen walked in line, one after the other


Guardians of a loveless isle
They watched over an island where no love existed


And gloomy browed with super fear their tragic endless lives
They lived a sorrowful, everlasting life marked by immense worry and fear


Heaves nor sighs in solemn, perverse serenity
In a solemn and disturbing sense of peace, they did not breathe too hard, nor make a sound


Wondrous beings chained to life
These great beings were trapped in a life cycle and unable to break free


Strange games they would play then
They played odd games during this time


No death for the perfect men
There was no such thing as death for the perfect beings


Life rolls into one for them
Life was one continuous journey for them


So softly a super god cries
Even the most powerful of gods could cry softly


Where all were minds in uni-thought
Everyone had one mind, one thought


Power is weird by mystics taught
The mystics had strange notions of power


No pain, no joy, no power too great
They didn't feel pain nor joy, and no power was too much for them


Colossal strength to grasp a fate
Having immense strength, they comprehended their destiny


Where sad-eyed mermen tossed in slumbers
The sad-eyed mermaids slept restlessly


Nightmare dreams no mortal mind could hold
They had dreams so terrible, no human could bear them


A man would tear his brother's flesh, a chance to die
Men were so desperate to find an escape from immortality that they would kill one another


To turn to mold
To decompose and become part of the earth


Far out in the red-sky
In the distant red skies


Far out from the sad eyes
Distant from the mournful gaze


Strange, mad celebration
A bizarre and frenzied celebration occurred


So softly a super god cries
Even the mightiest of gods weep softly


Far out in the red-sky
In the far reaching red sky


Far out from the sad eyes
Far away from the eyes filled with despair


Strange, mad celebration
An odd, frenzied celebration was taking place


So softly a super god dies
Even a superior god passes away peacefully




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Written by: David Bowie

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