When David Bowie introduced the character of Starman in his album “essions,” he infused it with several songs that made Starman an instant hit. The most prominent of these is a song called Changes. The words of the song give us the flavor of the character and explain what makes him unique. In this song, we find Starman in a mental institution, clearly having problems. The walls of the room are painted black and all that is visible is his white skull with numerous holes cut out where his eyes should be.
The words to the second verse give us another glimpse of the insane world of Starman. He is apparently institutionalized because he was once abused by men who thought he was like them. Another minor detail about Starman is that his suit has white markings around the mouth and white spots on his face. These could be scars from the abuse or may simply be an indication of his insanity.
The most interesting part of the lyrics is the way that they end. The last four verses of the song substitute different versions of the initial four minutes. Instead of saying that the doctor has failed him, they now say that he’s had an improvement. It’s interesting to note that after the doctor says that he will not improve, the refrain takes place of “you’ll never improve.” Although the context is different, it can be assumed that something went wrong between the doctor and the patient.
David Bowie Lyrics
David Bowie’s music and lyrics have had profound influences on the people who are most recognized with his music. Some of his best songs, like Wall Street, Starman pornography have become instantly recognizable and sought after by fans the world over. Those that have loved David Bowie as an artist are equally inspired by his music, lyrics and album cover art. Just as his music has taken on many shapes and forms to fit the needs and desires of his fans, so too has David Bowie.
It should be noted that when it comes to creativity, inspiration and musical direction, not everyone is a visionary. Many of his previous albums have had hits but failed to chart higher due to the poor quality of the production. His production was a bit on the stiff side at times as well. That was likely because he was recording these songs in his own home studio with relatively little equipment and no real budget for marketing or promotion. The poor sound quality may also have been the culprit of some of those poor songs. Nonetheless, the album cover art, which often featured Bowie’s wild, outrageous image, was among his most memorable.
One of my favorite Bowie songs that features a wide array of instruments and voices is” Fame” from the album “Blue Nile”. The lyrics to this song are” Fame is a crime / but I guess, it will not be long / We’ll be playing in our gardens”. It sounds like something the members of The Rolling Stones might be singing about. So, maybe the Ziggy from Ziggy Rock and The Spiders were also having a meeting in some garden somewhere, making this a great example of David Bowie lyrics and music. This song also includes one of my all time favorite guitar solos “recalling swiftness”.
David Bowie Lyrics
David Bowie’s starman lyrics are about many things. Some are about the music industry, some are about his own life, but most are just about his creativity and the people around him that he surrounded himself with. The album that he made after his suicide in 2021 is incredible, it’s called “The Black Mirror”, and it’s all about mental illness. The album is definitely worth listening to no matter what you think of David Bowie.
One song on the album that will stick out to you is “Fame” and if you haven’t heard it before, then this is a perfect time to do so. It sounds like something that David Bowie would have played on his last album, so it makes sense that he wrote this one based on his own experience. “Fame” is a song about how you can be famous or still famous, but you always lose your identity when you go out into the public eye. This song is about dissolving any misconceptions you have about fame.
Some other songs from David Bowie’s career have some great lyrics as well, such as “White Noise” and “ouxia”. “White Noise” is about the noise you make when you have too much stuff going on in your life and you don’t know how to make it all go away. “ouxia” is about a woman who wants to be famous but is afraid to be herself because she is scared of what people will think. Both of these songs have great messages and they both should be listened to by everyone. If you haven’t yet listened to them, I highly recommend them.