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LaughingGnoome
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07/04/03 09:46 PM
Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  

Yes, i am in an Interpretating mood recently.

Scary Monsters Super Creeps.

My suggestion is that "She" represents the siren-like attraction Drugs presented to Bowie. I was wondering who "She" is. At first i thought Angie, but that didnt seem quite right (or maybe too right), now i am very satisfied that "She" is a metaphor and represents the attraction Drugs had for Bowie, during the seventies.

"she was tired you can't hide beat"

Bowie had beaten his drug addiction at this stage, though not quite killed it off "She was tired".

"I looked in her eyes they were blue but nobody home"

"She" has no soul - "Nobody home" - "In her eyes".

"She could've been a killer if she didn't walk the way she do, and she do"

Drugs can kill, certainly im sure there were days when Bowie came close to overdosing. The way she "Walk"'s might be the nature of the drug, its personality and attributes. Cocaine is relatively harmless to the body (than say heroin), it is a safer drug.

"She opened strange doors that we'd never close again"

The "strange doors" which She "opened" opened up to the reality of drug use, now he feels he may never be completely be free of her "We'd never close again". Although he may not be a junkie, he feels he may always be using her. Another interpretation of "Strange Doors" may be to new regions of imagination and creativity, though it is most likely he is referring to the 'ideas' he fostered after he started drugs, eg the flirtation with facism.

"She began to wail jealousies scream"

As their relationship became ever deeper and more intimate, she becomes jealous of all the other parts of his life not related to her. This is a description of Addiction, the drug demands more and more of his time and attention, urges him to abandon other concerns. Bowie became ever more withdrawn (even forsaking food) during his spell in LA.

"Waiting at the light know what I mean"

"The light" sounds to me like death. She was driving him to his death.

"She asked me to stay and I stole her room"

Initially when they met, the relationship was exploratory, peripheral even - "She asked me to stay". But Bowie abused the relationship - "I stole her room" - Bowie abused her 'hospitality'.

"She asked for my love and I gave her a dangerous mind"

They give each other gifts, he gives her his love, she gives him "a dangerous mind" - ie she nearly drove him insane.

"Now she's stupid in the street and she can't socialise"

"Stupid in the street" is a clever pun, one image of what drugs give you is street credibility - street smart, "Stupid in the street" means he is saying that now drugs are no longer 'cool', but "stupid in the street".

"She cant socialise"

Here he is clearly speaking of himself. Drugs dont help him to socialise, or he doesnt need them to help him socialise, one of the things cocaine does is is make you able to speak to complete strangers freely, it can allow a shy person to socialise more easily.

"Well I love the little girl and I'll love her till the day she dies"

This line is very good, he still loves her and always will (is still using her), and he will continue to use her only so long as she exists, she is not actually drugs but is a metaphor for the attraction he has for drugs. After that attraction goes and "she dies", he wont think any more of her. Very logical.

Chorus
"Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared"


As mentioned in another thread, Bowie is describing extreme aspects of his personality and unusual interests he had in the seventies. "Scary Monsters, Super Creeps" - "Scary Monsters" possibly refers to Ziggy and Halloween Jack, but may also refer to the occult. "Super Creeps" is a clever take on "Super-Men", ie Bowie's seventies obsession with Nazism, Facism and Master Races. He rejects what these things stood for when he says "Keep me Running, Running scared" he admits that they frightened him, what he became in the seventies, frightened him, he hints that drugs were responsible for them and so he is actually "Running Scared" from drugs because of the monsters and creeps which Drugs introduced into his life.

Now recall Station To Station, specifically the lyrics "Its not the side effects of the cocaine, im thinking that it must be love", also consider..."I wont let the day pass without her". Cocaine is personified and feminised in that song too.

btw thanks to the dozen or so people who actually read this .




 
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*Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/04/03 09:46 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  Queen_Bitch_10107/05/03 07:54 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/05/03 09:25 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  Queen_Bitch_10107/06/03 07:56 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/06/03 09:25 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  Queen_Bitch_10107/06/03 10:07 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/06/03 10:31 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  Queen_Bitch_10107/06/03 10:47 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/06/03 11:37 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  revidescent07/06/03 11:51 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/06/03 01:08 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  revidescent07/06/03 02:10 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  The_Omen09/20/03 08:38 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  strangeDivine07/05/03 10:27 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/05/03 11:29 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  strangeDivine07/05/03 11:53 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/06/03 00:48 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  strangeDivine07/06/03 01:19 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/06/03 01:52 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/06/03 02:31 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/06/03 03:20 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/06/03 05:17 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  Queen_Bitch_10107/06/03 05:48 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  LaughingGnoome07/05/03 04:14 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  shyster07/05/03 02:10 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  Publius Enigma07/05/03 01:54 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  StrangeDrugs07/05/03 01:46 PM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  goughwhitlam07/05/03 07:11 AM
.*Re: Scary Monsters (Song) - The Cocaine Siren  revidescent07/05/03 00:44 AM
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