Bowie – The Supermen

By: thegasworks

The Supermen from Man Who Sold The World. This video depicts the analogy between the statues on Easter Island and the ‘idea’ of the Super Men. It is believed Hitler misinterpreted Neitzsche’s ‘Superman’ and tried to create the perfect race. The result was ethnic cleansing which lead to the holocaust. I imagine Bowie had Neitzsche in mind when he wrote this song.

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
Could heave nor sigh
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 supergod cries

Where all were minds in uni-thought
Power weird by mystics taught
No pain, no joy, no power too great
Colossal strength to grasp a fate
Where sad-eyed mermen tossed in slumber
Nightmare dreams no mortal mind could hold
Man would tear his brothers 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 supergod cries (second time dies)


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