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Blackstar
David Bowie Lyrics


In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle, ah ah, ah ah
In the centre of it all, in the centre of it all
Your eyes

On the day of execution, on the day of execution
Only women kneel and smile, ah ah, ah ah
At the center of it all, at the center of it all
Your eyes
Your eyes

Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah

In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle, ah-ah, ah-ah
At the center of it all, at the center of it all
Your eyes

Your eyes

Ah ah ah

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre then stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I'm a blackstar, I'm a blackstar)

How many times does an angel fall?
How many people lie instead of talking tall?
He trod on sacred ground, he cried loud into the crowd
(I'm a blackstar, I'm a blackstar, I'm not a gangster)

I can't answer why (I'm a blackstar)
Just go with me (I'm not a filmstar)
I'ma take you home (I'm a blackstar)
Take your passport and shoes (I'm not a popstar)
And your sedatives, boo (I'm a blackstar)
You're a flash in the pan (I'm not a marvel star)
I'm the great I Am (I'm a blackstar)

I'm a blackstar, way up, oh honey, I've got game
I see right, so wide, so open-hearted it's pain
I want eagles in my daydreams, diamonds in my eyes
(I'm a blackstar, I'm a blackstar)

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre then stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I'm a blackstar, I'm a star star, I'm a blackstar)

I can't answer why (I'm not a gangster)
But I can tell you how (I'm not a flam star)
We were born upside-down (I'm a star star)
Born the wrong way 'round (I'm not a white star)
(I'm a blackstar)
('m not a gangster)
(I'm a blackstar, I'm a blackstar)

(I'm not a pornstar, I'm not a wandering star)

(I'm a blackstar, I'm a blackstar)

In the villa of Ormen stands a solitary candle
Ah ah, ah ah
At the centre of it all, your eyes

On the day of execution, only women kneel and smile
Ah ah, ah ah
At the centre of it all, your eyes
Your eyes

Ah ah ah

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: David Bowie

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Daniel Hughson

Came back to this song after some years and it still gives me chills. Some people asked me what I meant when I said you should look into the meanings. To be honest, I do not remember my initial interpretation of this song. However, a reply on Quara from an individual named Neil Anderson sums it up for me.

"My understanding is that the type of cancer Bowie had caused a lesion known as a black star, due to its appearance. The album, and track, wound therefore spoesr to be about his own death and confronting the disease that was killing him. This is seen in context with the video in which a spacesuit containing the remains of a dead astronaut are seen - surely the final resting place of Major Tom.

The village (not villa) of Ormen is in Norway, as was Hermione his ex girlfriend from the 60s (cf Letter to Hermione on Space Oddity). The name in Norwegian apparently also means serpent, an animal which features heavily in the work of occultist Alistair Crowley. Now, Crowley features in some of Bowie’s work, especially Quicksand and Station to Station, so it's not a distant leap to link death, love, the serpent and alaister Crowley, death, the occult and an afterlife. Again, we’re looking at Blackstar as a metaphor for death, and maybe in inverse universe.

The solitary candle, I imagine is a person’s own life.

I’ve read that some people hear “the villa of Ormen” as “revealer of all men”, alluding to the unifier of everyone; death. I’m not convinced, but Bowie liked word play and double meanings, so it’s quite possible.

So in summary, Blackstar is a metaphore for death and dying, a unifier of people, a new start, a cancer and, with a solitary candle for life, at the centre of it all, your eyes. Whose eyes? Yours? His? Hermione’s? Iman? All of them? Only he knew that?

As he sang in Jaques Brel’s My Death,

Whatever is behind the door

There is nothing much to do

Angel or devil I don't care

For in front of that door

There is you"



All comments from YouTube:

Mikey Gaming

No one will ever go out like him. At least in our life time.

MattyMatt

Lol Ok

Hermann Wittrock

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Morten Kristoffersen

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TitoCompianni

David Bowie - Blackstar Subtitulado Español
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVF9_NWKBWc

Dojo Roda

Seriously - "intense"? 😳

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clueless

This isn’t a song, it’s a masterpiece.

Laura Gabriela

@Alisaa Cran pleb filter

Jozio that's it what were you expecting

@Alisaa Cran I can tell you don’t like experimental music

Boris Sheen

@Alisaa Cran garbage? ... what makes it garbage exactly?
I'm a bit a music snob myself I think a lot of songs are garbage. but not this one. this cannot be garbage.

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