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Ashes to Ashes
by David Bowie

Do you remember a guy that's been
In such an early song?
I've heard a rumor from Ground Control
Oh no, don't say it's true

They got a message from the Action Man
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too
I've loved all I've needed, love
Sordid details following"

The shrieking of nothing is killing, just
Pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I
Ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
But I'm hoping to kick but the planet it's glowing

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

Time and again I tell myself
I'll stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
I'm stuck with a valuable friend
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too"
One flash of light but no smoking pistol

I never done good things (I never done good things)
I never done bad things (I never done bad things)
I never did anything out of the blue, woh-o-oh
Want an axe to break the ice
Wanna come down right now

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

My mother said, to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mother said, to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mother said, to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mother said, to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

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Written by: David Bowie

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ian Warren

Ashes to Ashes was from the era when Bowie was coming out of his what he admits ,were his dark drug days. Major Tom is a continuing reference to himself. Perhaps he felt that Major Tom was who he was , used to be or will always be. The bulldozer is perhaps a metaphor for burying his past ,his clown character may suggest he considered himself a fool.
The spaceman reference is a recurring theme in his work. Ziggy Stardust was from another world and Starman was his first real hit.Space Oddity is perhaps one of the most moving love songs ever.He talks alot of Major Tom in this song and his relationship to himself and others.
Watch Blackstar, perhaps his last video, and see who shows up; Major Tom , in a damaged spacesuit that sports a happy face sticker. When the visor is opened we see that the man inside the suit is now a skeleton.
A superb artist , a fascinating body of work and by all accounts a genuine human being. God speed Mr Bowie.

Lucas Fernandes

Maybe all this is just a awsome acid trip, who knows...

Anne Airdrie

The smiley face sticker is a reference to Gerty in his son Duncans film Moon

Anjelica L.M

Yes, and when he sings, “my mother said to get things done, you better not mess with Major Tom.” He referrers to himself, the side of him that was addicted to drugs, he’d better not mess with that side of himself or he will never get things done and come out of it, we will never exceed as a singer, but he did come out of it thankfully.

Arthur F. Scaltrito

That makes sense.
His Images '66, '67 period was a starting point.but I bought the LP & the 8 track during the Ziggy Stardust period. Played it for my mother. She said they sound like show tunes. I (Saw him with Mott The Hoople in 1973.)

Anon B

@andré pereira Correct, he trained to be a mime and a clown with Lindsay Kemp when he lived in Edinburgh.

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Melchior von Sternberg

He died around the same time, as my Dad and Alan Rickmann. It's a nice suggestion, to think they met perhaps at the gate...

Jo D

not me ioiiiiuiiu

G L pink Floyd

@Drin King Please REFRAIN from Exposing the rest of us sane, rational, reasoning Human beings to your Delusional, DEPLORABLE, Pablum-Spewing, Inane Insane,RIGHT WING, BIBLE THUMPING, LUNATIC FRINGE,MUSINGS from the DELIRIUM INDUCED,PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIC, ALTERNATIVE FACTS,FOX(FAKE)NEWS, BIZARRO WORLD you inhabit!!! How Dare You Sully David Bowie's memory with that CRAP!! JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED!! Isn't that what your own so called""Good Book""preaches or are you just a Total Hypocrite?? Probably the Latter I'm sure wouldn't you say so?!?!🕊️✌️🖕💩

Dean Wayne

if he was a woman he would of been a super model , good looking guy , it happens in threes , sorry to hear that

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