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David Bowie: Rebel Rebel Meaning

Song Released: 1974


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Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo

You've got your mother in a whirl
She's not sure if you're a boy or a girl
Hey babe, your hair's alright
Hey babe, let's go out tonight
You like me,...

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    anonymous
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    Jan 21st, 1:41pm report


    clearly this song is about David Bowie's influences and relationships, specifically Lou Reed and Andy Warhol and the gender bending culture of Warhols' 'factory' which heavily influenced David and Angie's relationship and Bowie's own cross dressing and gender bending adventures. this is Bowies' response to Lou Reed's 'walk on the wild side' which shares the same origin and influences. around the same time Lou Reed had a trans lover and Bowie admitted to being bisexual.



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    Elbert Colorado
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    May 19th, 2015 5:56pm report


    It would seem that it is simply about goth girl, or similar counter-culture genre, who meets with the disapproval of her mother's desire for some modicum of normalcy. The fact that she's "torn her dress" indicates she started off with one prior to her personality change. She cut her hair. She got piercings all over her face. She cut her hair short and maybe colored it with a bizarre color. I suppose she would look like the black girl in Bowie's band. "When they count up the dudes indicates she's not at all monogamous. And so, a rebel.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 13th, 2014 8:17pm report


    My husband always sang this song to me. I was a wild child tomboy. Now I get it lol



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    Lisa69
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    Jul 24th, 2014 7:36am report


    It's about a drag queen groupy that follows a band...His mom hates that.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 30th, 2012 6:47am report


    Just a song about a girl who is more like a guy, and he is saying he likes her even though other people find her strange. Good for him.



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    dallasmusiclover
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    Aug 1st, 2010 8:57pm report


    My interpretation of the song is its talking about a tomboy who is not sure about her identity. Like her everyone around her is confused about her identity except the person who accepts her for who she is. It's about a young boy and his girlfriend and him letting her know she's still special even though she is different than everyone else.




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