The Esoteric Genius of Duran Duran Song Lyrics

I submit that Duran Duran has some of the greatest, most esoteric song lyrics in the annals of commercially successful pop music. At any given moment, the lyrics are impenetrable stories about…about who knows what, really.

But sci-fi imagery, sexy allusions, general weirdness, and random exotica seem to inform the band’s lyrical worldview. Sure, maybe some of the tracks have straight-forward meaning (e.g. “Girls on Film“) but the unknowable odd stories being told in the following tracks are more along the lines of what I’m thinking.

“Union of the Snake”

Nightshades on a warning
Give me strength at least give me a light
Give me anything even sympathy
There’s a chance you could be right
If I listen close I can hear them singers, oh
Voices in your body coming through on the radio
The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline
The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline


“New Moon on Monday”

Shake up the picture the lizard mixture
With your dance on the eventide
You got me coming up with answers
All of which I deny
I said it again
But could I please rephrase it
Maybe I can catch a ride
I couldn’t really put it much plainer
But I’ll wait ’til you decide
Send me your warning siren
As if I could ever hide
Last time La Luna
I light my torch and wave it for the
New moon on Monday
And a fire dance through the night
I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite
New moon on Monday
And a fire dance through the night
I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite


“Wild Boys”

The wild boys are calling
On their way back from the fire
An August moon’s surrender to
A dust cloud on the rise
Wild boys fallen far from glory
Reckless and so hungered
On the razors edge you trail
Because there’s murder by the roadside
In a sore afraid new world
They tried to break us
Looks like they’ll try again
Wild boys (wild boys) never lose it
Wild boys (wild boys) never chose this way
Wild boys (wild boys) never close your eyes
Wild boys always shine


Last, and briefly, I also submit that the Power Station, the famous Duran Duran off-shoot featuring Robert Palmer, was ahead of its time and had some of the most incredible disco-rock drumming ever, courtesy of Tony Thompson.

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