After a courageous 18-month battle with cancer, David Robert Jones, more commonly known as David Bowie, died peacefully surrounded by his family on January 10. A British music icon who defied all odds including genre and even gender, David’s journey reminds us that even when the artist passes, the music lives.
Let’s take a look back at some of his well-loved songs and lyrics.
1. Space Oddity, 1969
This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating
in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
2. Life on Mars, 1971
Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?
3. Ziggy Stardust, 1972
So where were the spiders while the fly tried to break our balls?
Just the beer light to guide us.
So we bitched about his fans and should we crush his sweet hands?
4. Fame, 1975
Fame, makes a man take things over
Fame, lets him loose, hard to swallow
Fame, puts you there where things are hollow
Fame, what you like is in the limo
Fame, what you get is no tomorrow
Fame, what you need you have to borrow
5. Heroes, 1977
Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time,
just for one day
We can be Heroes, for ever and ever
What do you say?
6. Let’s Dance, 1983
Let's dance put on your red shoes
and dance the blues
Let's dance to the song
they're playin' on the radio
Let's sway you could look into my eyes
Let's sway under the moonlight,
this serious moonlight
When tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone, all we really have is the music we share and make. David Bowie teaches us that.
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