Starman

David Bowie

About Starman

"Starman" is a song by David Bowie, recorded on 4 February 1972 and released as a single in April. The song was a late addition to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, included at the insistence of RCA's Dennis Katz, who heard a demo and loved the track, believing it would make a great single. It replaced the Chuck Berry cover "Round and Round" on the album.


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1972
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Didn't know what time it was and the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin' down some rock 'n' roll 'lotta soul, he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase
That weren't no D.J. that was hazy cosmic jive

There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

I had to phone someone so I picked on you
Hey, that's far out so you heard him too
Switch on the TV we may pick him up on Channel Two
Look out your window I can see his light
If we can sparkle he may land tonight
Don't tell your poppa or he'll get us locked up in fright

There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

Starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

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David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016), known by his stage name David Bowie ( /ˈboʊ.i/ BOH-ee), was an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work. more »

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Written by: David Bowie

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10 facts about this song

Release Facts
"Starman" is a single by David Bowie, released in April 1972. - It was the lead single for the album "The Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."
Chart Performance Facts
The song peaked at #10 in the UK Singles Chart. - While it wasn't initially successful in the US, it gained popularity over time.
Composition Facts
Bowie wrote the song after being inspired by the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." - The song is in the key of F Major.
Lyrics Meaning
"Starman" is about a cosmic figure who brings hope to Earth through music. - This character was later revisited in Bowie’s songs "Ashes to Ashes" and "Blackstar."
Impact and Influence Facts
Upon its release, it was noted for its positive, optimistic theme at odds with the darker themes prevalent in Bowie's earlier work. - The song has been covered by various artists and is often cited as a significant influence on the glam rock genre.
Live Performance Facts
It was performed numerous times by Bowie in his live acts, most notably his "Ziggy Stardust" tour. - The singer's performance of "Starman" on the UK television show "Top of the Pops" is considered as a breakthrough moment for glam rock.
Cultural Impact
The phrase "There's a Starman waiting in the sky" from the song's chorus has become one of Bowie's most famous lyrics. - "Starman" has been used in various commercials, movies, and TV shows, notably in the films "The Martian" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
Album Facts
Despite its popularity, "Starman" wasn't originally planned for the "Ziggy Stardust" album. - It was added at the last minute to give the album a needed hit single.
Recording Facts
The song was recorded at Trident Studios in London. - Legendary guitarist Mick Ronson contributed to the song with his iconic guitar solo.
Legacy Facts
In 1999, "Starman" was included in "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll." - In 2016, following Bowie's death, fans sang "Starman" in tribute at impromptu street gatherings around the world.

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