Did Bowie Telegraph His Demise In “Lazarus”?

Did Bowie Telegraph His Demise In “Lazarus”?

Just a few days ago we reported on the unfortunate and sad death of David Bowie and you can read that blog here. Now, there is a growing consensus that one of Bowie’s last videos that was released for his final and last studio album (entitled Blackstar) may have been Bowie’s own prelude to his demise and his “parting gift” to his fans. The track is entitled Lazarus which also happens to be the name of a Bowie off-Broadway production. Bowie 2

Starting with the lyrics to Lazarus there appears to be some merit to the argument. The lyrics to Lazarus are:

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

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?

By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money

I was looking for your ass

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?

The video for the track is perhaps even more telling. Check it out:

In death as in life David Bowie has continued to create and touch his fans with an uncanny eye for the arts and their perpetuation, even posthumously. Indeed, in this instance Bowie somehow came up with a way to use his talents to say goodbye in one of the grandest fashions. Bowie’s unfortunate demise however, should not be seen as a theatrical spectacle but rather, as a startling and sobering reality that the happenings of life in terms of its beginning and ending, affect us all. Yes, even David Bowie. And for delivering that all important message–indeed one that we all must face in our own lives–we now return the gesture and thank him for that.

Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor

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