Thursday 29 September 2016

'Look up here I'm in heaven' - Is David Bowie's 'Lazarus' the final farewell from a man who knew he was dying?

Published 11/01/2016 | 10:16

David Bowie's Blackstar trailer
David Bowie's Blackstar trailer

The lyrics to David Bowie's last single Lazarus appear to reflect the thoughts of a man who knew he was dying.

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His final album Blackstar was released to critical acclaim on January 8 - the singer's 69th birthday.

But just three days later the legendary musician passed away following a secret 18-month battle with cancer.

Tony Visconti, who produced Bowie's records on and off for nearly 50 years, posted on his Facebook wall, confirming that Blackstar, the record Bowie released two days before his death was a 'parting gift':

He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was...

Posted by Tony Visconti on Monday, 11 January 2016

Blackstar’s release coincided with the premier of the music video for album single Lazarus.

The track's haunting music video was released last week and shows Bowie hospital-bound, lying on a deathbed with his eyes bandaged and singing about being “free just like that bluebird”.

The opening line of "Look up here, I'm in heaven" seem to express the icon's thoughts on his imminent death and take on poignant new meaning, following the sad news confirmed on Monday morning.

The full lyrics to Lazarus:

 

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

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