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Secret Oktober
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song by Duran Duran
Released 17 October 1983
Recorded 1983
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 2:47 minutes
Label Capitol, EMI
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer(s) Duran Duran
Alex Sadkin
Duran Duran

"Secret Oktober" is a song by Duran Duran, written for and released as the B-side to their ninth single "Union of the Snake" by Capitol-EMI on 17 October 1983.

Ask Katy trivia[]

"Hi Katy, i was just wondering what the song "Secret Oktober" was about? It is one of my all time fav’s… also, did Simon choose the title because his birthday is in October?? thanks, Lainie"

  • "Hi Laine. I went right to the source:"
  • "It’s one of mine too. It’s about escaping on yer birthday. whoosh s"

"Hi Katy - I know there have been a number of "Secret Oktober" questions answered, but I have one more (which I don’t think was asked): I’ve heard that Simon and Nick wrote the song very quickly (perhaps in one night) because a deadline for a "Union of the Snake" B-side was fast approaching - is that true? Thanks, and keep up the great work on the site! Jason"

  • "Thanks for thanking me Jason. Yes, there have been many "Secret Oktober" uestions, but Simon felt this one deserved an answer as well:"
  • "Yes, it’s true; S.O. was written, recorded and mixed inside 24hours.s"

Katy, I remember that there was a book around the time of Seven and the Ragged Tiger that had an illustrated (drawn by Simon I believe) with the words for the song. It is ingrained in my memory as the words were like a snake inside the belly of a body. I remember this and a few other tid-bits on songs like "Cracks In The Pavement (I'm Looking For)"; that song along with "Secret Oktober" found in that book brought me to writing poetry" Is that book, The Book Of Words?

Song versions[]

  • "Secret Oktober" - 2:47

An extended, drastically altered version of the song was debuted live on the 1998 Latest and Greatest Tour, taking a much softer and ambient sound. The song ran for over six minutes and featured a new verse not present on the original B-side version. This was the first time the song had ever been performed live.


Duran Duran are:


Wise on a birthday party
In a world full of surprising fireworks
And sudden silence 
Lies on a stranger's bed
The new day breaks like a speeding train or an old friend
Ever expected, but never knocking
Holding your own in a battered car
All night parties, cocktail bars, and smile
When the butterfly escapes the killing jar

Sure eyes awake before the dancing is over
Wise or naked in secret Oktober

Freefall on a windy morning shore
Nothing but a fading track of footsteps
Could prove that you'd ever been there
Spoken on a cotton cloud
Like the sound of gunshot taken by the wind
And lost in distant thunder
Racing on a shining plain 
Tomorrow you'll be content to watch
As the lightning plays along the wires and you'll wonder

Sure eyes awake before the dancing is over
Wise or naked in secret Oktober
Sure eyes awake before the dancing is over
Wise or naked in secret Oktober...

See also[]

Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell

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"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down • "All You Need Is Now • "Girl Panic! • "Leave A Light On • "Pressure Off"
• "Five Years" • "Invisible" • "More Joy" • "Anniversary"• "Tonight United"

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