David Bowie changed many people’s lives in his short yet impressive career, and fans of his work always hoped for a change to occur at some point. There is no question that he is a master of creating recognizable icons, and that he did so with such originality that he was ahead of his time. But what if Bowie had started his career by changing only one song?
That would have been the song “Synthesized.” The previous version featured the single “I’m a Walrus.” Though subtle, the shift in tone makes sense. With the second verse Bowie says “I am not a Walrus,” and with the last verse he says “Now I’m a man who can barely walk.”
If you’re familiar with the classic rock n roll ballad “Fame,” you know that “Synthesized” sounds very much like “ropolis,” which is where Bowie was living during the time of the song’s writing.
So maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised when” Tonight,” which features heavy riffs and a strong tempo, starts off its narration with, “My days are the same as yours…”.
Another thing we may consider is whether or not it would have been easier to miss the obvious, if Bowie were prone to penning songs with obscure references to his personal life. It would have been less problematic if we knew what words to expect next, and what the general tone of the song said about him. Though his death was a huge blow, he left behind an important body of work, and that work will live on forever.
David Bowie Changes Lyrics
The last David Bowie song that we are going to discuss is one that was recently included on his last album, Blackstar. This track, called “The Rose” is a fantastic piece that contain deep romantic lyrics and also has some incredible drum work that really draws you into it. The track starts out as sort of an introduction, with quiet keyboard sounds and then goes right into a fast paced drum section. The keyboards are at the forefront of the song and then the drums pick up near the end, almost like a piano line. The keyboards are again at the forefront for the final minute or so of the song.
It is interesting to note that David Bowie changes lyrics during a song, sometimes leaving aside words that are important to a lyric such as a line from a poem or a story. On the song “Suffolk County Blues,” he switches from talking about Suffolk County in the first verse to talking about New York in the last verse. He also does this quite frequently on his albums, as you will see when you listen to some of his older work. In the song “Higgs Boson Blues,” there is a large section of staccato guitar playing that comes in after the main melody, and this seems to be what inspired the song name itself (higgs bosons). There are many other songs on which he switches from different voices and topics, sometimes at the same time.
The other interesting thing that happens when you listen to the Blackstar album is that David Bowie changes lyrics a lot. Sometimes, he goes from something very serious to something more lighthearted, and sometimes he goes back to something serious but with a different twist of perspective. In the song “Golden Brown,” there are a massive chomp down in the middle and then a long verse and then a little bit of a bridge and it’s all downhill from there. It’s an interesting process, and it makes you wonder how the man could possibly keep going.
David Bowie Changes Lyrics
David Bowie has always been a man full of contradictions. One minute he could be strumming out an acoustic guitar and singing about the beauty, while the next minute he can rock out to the sound of faster music with his new band. The man’s versatility is something we can all appreciate and enjoy. It seems that when David Bowie decided to take his guitar playing to the next level, he totally changed the course of music forever. His first album was a huge hit and started a new trend for guitar players all over the world. Now, after so many classic songs and so many amazing songs, we finally get to hear the end of the story.
Changes by David Bowie comes as a direct result of frustration that he had been facing while working with the band Oiioi. The band was only consisting of him and his brother rhys producing and playing guitar. David was the main vocalist and the only one that really took notice of the writing process. But then, one day he gets a vision of what the new Oiioi record would sound like. It was a very clear vision because it was the very lyrics he had been wanting for the band.
While some people may argue that taking a break from creating the new material for a while helped the band write new material that fans want to hear, the fact remains that David Bowie did change the course of their song writing. Some people might say that taking a break helped them focus on the tone of the music, but in reality, David Bowie saw something different in himself that he wanted to share with the world. And now, after all these years, we are finally hearing the end of the line.