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"The Supermen" is a 1970 song by English musician David Bowie from his third album The Man Who Sold the World.

Lyrics

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 superfear
Their endless tragic 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 slumbers
Nightmare dreams no mortal mind could hold
A man would tear his brother's 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
Far out in the red-sky
Far out from the sad eyes
Strange, mad celebration
So softly a supergod dies

Development

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Personnel

  • David Bowie — Lead and backing vocals
  • Mick Ronson — Electric guitars, backing vocals
  • Tony Visconti — Bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Woody Woodmansey — Drums

In popular culture

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Navigation

The Man Who Sold the World (ve)
"The Width of a Circle" • "All the Madmen" • "Black Country Rock" • "After All" • "Running Gun Blues" • "Saviour Machine" • "She Shook Me Cold" • "The Man Who Sold the World" • "The Supermen"

Bonus tracks on 1990 Rykodisc CD: "Lightning Frightening" • "Holy Holy" • "Moonage Daydream (Arnold Corns Version)" • "Hang On to Yourself (Arnold Corns Version)"

Hunky Dory (ve)
"Changes" • "Oh! You Pretty Things" • "Eight Line Poem" • "Life on Mars?" • "Kooks" • "Quicksand" • "Fill Your Heart" • "Andy Warhol" • "Song for Bob Dylan" • "Queen Bitch" • "The Bewlay Brothers"

Bonus tracks on 1990 Rykodisc CD: "Bombers" (1990 mix) • "The Supermen" (1971 version) • "Quicksand" (1971 demo) • "The Bewlay Brothers" (alternate version)

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (ve)
"Five Years" • "Soul Love" • "Moonage Daydream" • "Starman" • "It Ain't Easy" • "Lady Stardust" • "Star" • "Hang On to Yourself" • "Ziggy Stardust" • "Suffragette City" • "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"

30th Anniversary Edition bonus disc: "Moonage Daydream (Arnold Corns Version)" • "Hang On to Yourself (Arnold Corns Version)" • "Lady Stardust" (demo) • "Ziggy Stardust" (demo) • "John, I'm Only Dancing" • "Velvet Goldmine" • "Holy Holy" • "Amsterdam" • "The Supermen" • "Round and Round" • "Sweet Head" (Outtake - Take 4) • "Moonage Daydream" (Alan Moulder mix)