The Man Who Sold the World
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We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when Although I wasn't there, he said I was his friend Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyes I thought you died alone, a long long time ago Oh no, not me I never lost control You're face to face With The Man Who Sold The World I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back home I searched for form and land, for years and years I roamed I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here We must have died along, a long long time ago Who knows? Not me We never lost control You're face to face With the Man who Sold the World
Written by: David Bowie
Lyrics © TINTORETTO MUSIC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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4 facts about this song
David Bowie Version
1. "The Man Who Sold the World" was the title track of David Bowie's third album released in November 1970 by Mercury Records. 2. The song is noted for its distinctive acoustic guitar opening. 3. The lyrics contain references to multiple identities which often surprised Bowie’s audience. 4. It is often interpreted as being about insanity, possibly caused by schizophrenia, dissociation, or multiple personality disorder.
1. Scottish singer Lulu covered "The Man Who Sold the World" in 1974 and it reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. 2. Bowie played saxophone on Lulu's version and also produced the track. 3. Bowie later commented that he was "impressed with her singing ability" and expressed regret not having her cover more of his songs.
Midge Ure Version
1. The Scottish musician, Midge Ure, covered "The Man Who Sold the World" in 1982. 2. Ure's version was a UK top 40 hit, reaching No. 35 in the charts. 3. His synth-pop version differed greatly from the original and other covers, offering a new rendition of the classic.
1. American rock band Nirvana covered "The Man Who Sold the World" for their MTV Unplugged session in 1993. 2. This version introduced the song to a new generation, many of whom were unaware it was a Bowie song. 3. The MTV Unplugged version was so popular that it ultimately was released as a single in 1995. 4. Its haunting rendition was well-received, with people noting Kurt Cobain's emotional delivery of the song. 5. The iconic acoustic guitar that Kurt Cobain played during this performance was sold at auction for a record-breaking $6 million.
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