David Bowie, the legendary musician who passed away Sunday after a long battle with cancer, had diverse and sometimes controversial political views.

Among some of the singer’s most notable statements was the 1974 single “1984,” a George Orwell-inspired protest song from the album Diamond Dogs.

“The centerpiece of Side Two of the original vinyl album, in the context of Bowie’s adaptation of Orwell’s story, ‘1984’ has been interpreted as representing Winston Smith’s imprisonment and interrogation by O’Brien,” notes Wikipedia.

Learn more about the secret history of George Orwell and his groundbreaking book and listen to the classic Bowie hit below!

Alex Reads from 1984

“1984” by David Bowie

1984 lyrics:

Someday they won’t let you, now you must agree
The times they are a-telling, and the changing isn’t free
You’ve read it in the tea leaves and the tracks are on TV
Beware, the savage jaw of 1984

They’ll split your pretty cranium and fill it full of air
And tell that you’re eighty but brother you won’t care
You’ll be shooting up anything like tomorrow’s wasn’t there
Beware, the savage jaw of 1984

(Come see, come see, remember me?)
We played out an all night movie role
You said it would last but I guess we’ve grown in 1984
(Who could ask for more?)
In 1984
(Who could ask for more, more?)

I’m looking for a vehicle, I’m looking for a ride
I’m looking for a party, I’m looking for a side
I’m looking for the treason that I knew in ’65
Beware, the savage jaw of 1984

(Come see, come see, remember me?)
We played out an all night movie role
You said it would last but I guess we enrolled in 1984
(Who could ask for more?)
In 1984
(Who could ask for more, more?)

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