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Life on Mars?
by David Bowie

It's a God-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling "No"
And her daddy has told her to go

But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen

But the film is a saddening bore
For she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man, wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It's on America's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lenin's on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It's about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man, wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

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Written by: David Bowie

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the goose

Should be the first song played on Mars

windows XP

lander lands
astronaut comes out with a flag and a boombox
"Jim, get the Life On Mars CD!"

Kyle Parsons

I believe 'Where is my Mind?' by the Pixies has already been played by the mars rover

Kaptein

@Močnik Royale i trust my boii elon to play this on mars for sure

ISHAN PATEL

YES

Inkling Productions

Definitely

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MothmanGhost

This song is talking about how during times of extreme personal conflict we tend to look towards escapism, but these fictional stories only hold so much substance that ends up becoming unimportant compared to our own lives.

Pretty heavy stuff.

nseight

mothman Ghost * Indeed

Primal_Witch 🥀🧝🏽‍♀️

I am a writer. Currently in coronavirus lockdown. That’s kinda how I feel....

lewis

Wow, that never rly clicked with my before. I thought the opening lyrics were describing a rape between a married couple and their daughter is told to leave the room

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