Laurie Anderson: O Superman Meaning
O Superman Lyrics
E tone. hello? this is your mother. are you there?...
anonymous Nov 24th report
"When love is gone,
there's always justice,
and when justice is gone,
there's always force,
and when force is gone,
there's always Mom -
When someone dies, especially a sudden or violent death, it is not uncommon for them to cry out for their mother. When love is gone, there is only death, because when love is gone the path she lays out after those words is the path of human history.
That is the point and meaning of the song. A chilling truth in 1981, equally and even more so today.
anonymous Apr 11th 2020 report
Have a listen to Beethoven's four movements of his Piano Sonata No.1 played by Glenn Gould. Uncanny ressemblance.
anonymous Feb 8th 2020 report
I believe it to be about an almighty America in the World, the arms race, oil and how it drives the World into War at the same time how impacts on every day family life and what could happen if allowed to happen. Almost an apocalyptic message to the World how unless We return to peaceful family ways of life, the Mum reference, then We will self destruct, the Superman or Superpowers hold Our World in their powers. A brilliant imaginative and ahead of it's time creativity that must go down as a classic.
anonymous Jul 13th 2019 report
Laurie Anderson says that it is about the American military in Iran in the 1980's. Interesting article about it here...
anonymous Feb 10th 2019 report
Superman, Judge, Mom & Dad (God), Mother (Death, the hand that takes). She's calling us with a message (a final War comming). Hold me Mom (our death wish).
anonymous Feb 6th 2019 report
I think it is as some stated the essence of a warning sign. War, AI take over, etc but what ever the threat it will not be bold and obvious, it comes with open arms, in a way to make you vulnerable until it's too late. Like Nazism, like socialism, like AI, like our current social media take over here to help, then used as a spy tool and a freedom of though controller. BTW, i have been writing code since i was 9 and born in 85, so i do see this exact thing happening in technology. Told people years ago we so blindly google things and except top results as reality facts, so if you control that algorithm you can change societies, countries, and history.
anonymous Jan 26th 2019 report
I think it's about the unstoppable progress of technology. It's a work of genius and very hypnotic.
anonymous Aug 17th 2018 report
Nothing wrong with this hit song I'm still enjoying it after all these years. Plus the remix from Matt Pop and David Bowie .I'm a retired D.J and Entertainment manager and radio presenter. So I do know a good song and I have never had any complaints when I have played it and I spent 20 years in the business.
anonymous Aug 9th 2017 report
I think this song is about an upcoming war. The voice on the phone is warning the listener about it. "Here come the planes". Dont listen to the other interpretation... they clearly dont appreciate the work of a genius. Laurie Anderson is pretty much the mother of techno and synth music. She invented so many amazing instruments and techniques. Her music is deep, you have to think about it quite a bit to get a meaning out of it.
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