What does Aladdin Sane mean?

Search Login

David Bowie: Aladdin Sane Meaning

Tagged:

No tags, suggest one.

Get "Aladdin Sane" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon

Aladdin Sane Lyrics

Play "Aladdin Sane"
on Amazon Music

Watching him dash away, swinging an old bouquet - dead roses
Sake and strange divine Uh-h-h-uh-h-uh you'll make it
Passionate bright young things, takes him away to war - don't fake it
Sadden glissando strings
Uh-h-h-uh-h-uh - you'll make...

  1.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    May 8th, 2018 5:57pm report


    The full title of the song is 'Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)' which makes it clear that Bowie is worrying about or predicting the start of another world war towards the end of the 1970's. Lines like "Battle cries and champagne just in time for sunrise" refer to the big-ball-before-the-great-battle tradition common in some 19th C wars, and sum up the idea found throughout the song that all the young people are about to die in a world at war; the good times are ending: "Millions weep a fountain,
    just in case of sunrise"

    Thank god for Mike Garson's brilliant piano interlude brightening the mood for us, even as it expresses with harsh tones and discords the chaos Bowie sees all around leading us to war.

    According to Wikipedia: 'the name of the album is a pun on "A Lad Insane". An early variation was "Love Aladdin Vein", which David Bowie dropped partly because of its drug connotations.'



  2.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Oct 10th, 2017 10:47pm report


    Magic carpet ride



  3.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Dec 5th, 2015 12:32pm report


    A lad Insane.




More David Bowie song meanings ยป


 


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]






Just Posted

Urgent anonymous
Animal anonymous
Say When anonymous
One Last Time anonymous
Big Girls Don't Cry anonymous
Voices in My Head anonymous
When I Was Your Man anonymous
Ghostin anonymous
Fake Smile anonymous
No Tears Left To Cry anonymous
Let It Go anonymous
Urgent anonymous
One Call Away anonymous
Shower anonymous
Netflix Trip anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Love Theory
Kirk Franklin
I've Been Waiting
Lil Peep
Undrunk
FLETCHER
All My Favorite People
Maren Morris
My Bad
Khalid
Wish You Well
Famba
Red Dirt, Blue Eyes
Dustin Lynch
Little Town Livin'
Dustin Lynch