David Bowie: All the Madmen Meaning
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All the Madmen Lyrics
They send my friends away
To mansions cold and grey
To the far side of town
Where the thin men stalk the streets
While the sane stay underground
Day after day
They tell me I can go
They tell me I can blow
To the far side of...
anonymous Jan 3rd, 2012 1:15pm report
This song is about madness. The speaker is in a asylum, he is really mentally ill ("i'm not quite right at all", "i will do me arm" "all the madmen[...]they're all as sane as me"...) and despite the librium and the electroshocks he prefers to stay in the asylum with "the madmen" than with the sane, "the sadmen". He prefers being himself and mad than becoming normal and conforming himself to the society, he even prefers lobotomy.
The french line "ouvre le chien" litteraly means "open the dog". Ones think it's the abreviation of a Nietsche citation, but to my mind it means nothing.
Bowie was both afraid and fascinated by madness at the time. Indeed, his brother Terry was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and he was a major influence in David's life.
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