Rebel Rebel is a song written by David Bowie and included in their album Diamond Dogs.

Lyrics

You’ve got your mother in a whirl
She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl
Hey babe your hair’s alright
Hey babe let’s go out tonight
You like me and I like it all
We like dancin’ and we look divine
You love bands when they’re playin’ hard
You want more and you want it fast
They put you down, they say I’m wrong
You tacky thing, you put them on

Rebel, rebel you’ve torn your dress
Rebel, rebel your face is a mess
Rebel, rebel how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so

You’ve got your mother in a whirl ’cause she’s
Not sure if you’re a boy or a girl
Hey babe your hair’s alright
Hey babe let’s stay out tonight
You like me and I like it all
We like dancin’ and we look divine
You love bands when they’re playin’ hard
You want more and you want it fast
They put you down they say I’m wrong
You tacky thing, you put them on

Rebel, rebel you’ve torn your dress
Rebel, rebel your face is a mess
Rebel, rebel how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so

Rebel, rebel you’ve torn your dress
Rebel, rebel your face is a mess
Rebel, Rebel, rebel how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so

You’ve torn your dress, your face is a mess
You can’t get enough but enough ain’t the test
You’ve got your transmission and your live wire
You got your cue line and a handful of ‘ludes
You wanna be there when they count up the dudes

And I love your dress
You’re a juvenile success
Because your face is a mess
(Rebel, rebel)
So how could they know?
I said, how could they know?
(Rebel, rebel)

So what you wanna know?
Calamity’s child, child, chi-child
(Rebel, rebel)
Where’d you wanna go?
What can I do for you? Looks like you’ve been there too
‘Cause you’ve torn your dress
(Rebel, rebel)
And your face is a mess
Ohh your face is a mess
(Rebel, rebel)
Ohh, ohh so how could they know?
Eh, eh how could they know?
(Rebel, rebel)

Rebel Rebel – David Bowie – Meaning

The song is the last of the entire period glam-rock of David Bowie.

The main discussion around this song is due to the ambiguity about the sexual behaviors that Bowie had in that period of his life.

Bowie seems to intend that maybe he could be gay, or almost bisexual.

He admit his omosexuality in an interview in 1972.

In the mind of a lot of people that can be  a way to attire attenction on himself.

And maybe he used this side of his life to create the mith of a controversial character like Ziggy Stardust.

 

Rebel, rebel you’ve torn your dress
Rebel, rebel your face is a mess
Rebel, Rebel, rebel how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so

Rebel rebel is the label that identifies completely David Bowie.

He protest, contradict and does everything against the rules of the society.

He wants to break all the standards that flatten the behaviors of the people.

Yes.

Styles changes. With times.

Differents styles needs to fit to differents decades.

But the core of his personality.

Where his heart pulse more strong.

Is where the soul of the Rebel are.

 

The “Hot tramp, i love you so!” words, continue in this direction.

Where the tramps can be heroes and anti-heroes at the same time.

With a concept and an idea that continue in the future of David Bowie.

 

So what you wanna know
Calamity’s child, chi-chi, chi-chi
Where’d you wanna go?
What can I do for you? Looks like you’ve been there too

Here the “Calamity’s child” is a clear reference to Calamity Jade.

The girl that was an heroine of the wild west.

That continue the association between to be rebel and the gender bending.

Yes.

You must be a rebel to be a girl and a cowboy in the wild west.

Absolutely.

 

 

Conclusion

A song that reveals the real soul of David Bowie. That reveals the way he look to himself.

Leave a comment or a different vision of the meaning of this song if you want.

 

 

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