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Uploaded on Mar 8, 2008
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)