Song of the Day #3,139: ‘Lazarus’ – David Bowie

bowie_blackstarDavid Bowie’s Blackstar topped the Village Voice 2016 Pazz & Jop album list, but he doesn’t show up until #8 on the singles list. To be fair, he shows up at #9 as well, with the album’s title track.

At #8 is ‘Lazarus,’ probably the best song on Blackstar, and given the added meaning it took on following Bowie’s death, probably worthy of a much higher spot on this list. Come on, Solange ain’t got nothing on Bowie.

I’ve read differing accounts of exactly how aware Bowie was of his impending death when he wrote and recorded Blackstar. The poetic version says that he conceived this entire album as a farewell to his fans from beyond the grave. The opening line of ‘Lazarus’ — “look up here, I’m in heaven” — certainly supports that view.

[Verse 1]
Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now

[Verse 2]
Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high, it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below
Ain’t that just like me?

[Bridge]
By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
There I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass

[Verse 3]
This way or no way
You know I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now, ain’t that just like me?

Oh, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh, I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me?

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,139: ‘Lazarus’ – David Bowie

  1. Dana says:

    These videos he made for the album really disturb me. I suspect I would like the songs better without the visual reminder of Bowie’s frail state.

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