What were David Bowie's last words
"Look up here, I'm in heaven," sings David Bowie. Look up here, I'm in heaven It is the very first line of his most recently published song "Lazarus". Striking lines. Prophetic lines. At least that is how it appears today, when the music world is shaken by the news: David Bowie, the most talented, most wonderful alien who has ever graced the earth, is dead. Not only our music critic Jan Kedves wishes that he would have fallen back into the Sky. (Read his obituary for David Bowie here.)
It is hard to imagine that Bowie, who always seemed to be out of this earth, succumbed to such a terrible earthly ailment as cancer. But the exceptional musician, who released his highly acclaimed 25th album "Blackstar" last week, has been seriously ill for a long time, as the family and management now report. You could have guessed it when looking at "Lazarus" - but when the video was released in December, you just couldn't see what seems so obvious today. Maybe you didn't want to see it.
"I've got scars that can't be seen
I've got drama, can't be stolen
Everbody knows me now
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 phone down below
Ain't that just like me
Bowie can do it, casual self-irony, but he can still be the biggest star of them all. With an arrogant look and hips twitching back and forth.
While Bowie sings, with his unmistakable voice that doesn't sound a bit muffled by medication, but as clear as his words, he lies on a bed. In a white linen shirt, a gauze bandage around his head, two buttons instead of the eyes. Again and again his wiry upper body rises up, which even in retrospect would not be called emaciated. But: Bowie, androgynous mythical creature.
At one point it seems as if a higher power is pulling him out of bed, sometimes as if Bowie is possessed. Or is he fleeing from the figure that lurks under his bed, that stretches out her hand to him?
No never! "Lazarus" is the name of the last, jazzy song with the distinctive saxophone. Lazarus, after the biblical figure of the same name, who dies of an illness and is resurrected by Jesus because he cannot bear to lose his friend. Today Tony Visconti, Bowie's longtime producer, said the artist wanted to give his fans a "parting present". It's more than that: it's the hope that David Bowie will live on, if only in his music.
"This way or no way," sings Bowie. Someone like him doesn't have a requiem written, he writes it himself.
Just like that bluebird
Oh I'll be free
Ain't that just like me
See the video in full length here:
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