THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
5-David Bowie-Life on Mars.
1971-It wasn’t released as a single until 1973 when reaching Number 3.
Best Bit-At 3.28. Bowie had struggled for many years to make that big breakthrough, but success finally occurred in 1969 with ‘Space Oddity,’ so it is no big surprise that other of his songs have celestial themed titles such as ‘Starman’ and ‘Life on Mars.’ this song is well named because it is truly ‘out of this world.’
Bowie (see also best songs 807-440-334-302-209-186-118-47 and 31) has stated that he found writing this song easy, ‘Being young was easy, a really beautiful day in the park. I took a walk to Beckenham High Street to catch a bus but couldn’t get the riff out of my head, I started working it out on the piano and had the whole lyric and melody finished by late afternoon. Rick Wakeman came over a couple of weeks later and embellished the piano part and Mick Ronson created one of his first, and best string parts .’
The songs mysterious lyrics will always be open to interpretation.The opening verse probably tells of a young girl wanting to escape her everyday mundane existence, so for escapism she visits the cinema, but soon realises she has done this before and the film is only reflecting what she already knows about her own reality.The second verse expands the situation,dealing with people as a whole and how we can get sucked in by commercialism, and into thinking the grass is always greener on the other side. When Bowie sings ‘Is there life on Mars,’ he is saying, is there a better life I can make for myself.
‘It’s on America’s tortured brow that Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow.’
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