The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie Lyrics

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We passed upon the stair
We spoke of was and when
Although I wasn't there
He said I was his friend
Which came as some surprise
I spoke into his eyes "I thought you died alone
A long, long time ago"
Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world

I laughed and shook his hand
And made my way back home
I searched for form and land
For years and years, I roamed
I gazed a gazely stare
At all the millions here
We must have died alone
A long, long time ago

Who knows? Not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world

Who knows? Not me
We never lost control

You're face to face
With the man who sold the world

Overall Meaning

David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” is an enigmatic and haunting song that appears to be about the nature of identity, power, and control. The song begins with the singer encountering an old friend and speaking to him about the past. However, the singer is surprised to learn that the friend believes he is still alive, even though he has died a long time ago. The singer then asserts his independence, saying that he has never lost control.

As for what the lyrics mean, there are multiple interpretations of the song. Some suggest that it is about Bowie negotiating his own identity as he transitioned from his old persona to a new persona, such as Ziggy Stardust, while others believe it could be about addiction or the idea of selling one's soul for fame and fortune. Additionally, the lines “We must have died alone / A long, long time ago” could also be interpreted as a metaphor for the loss of spiritual wisdom or detachment from emotion that occurs as a person attains power and success.

Overall, “The Man Who Sold the World” remains an elusive and haunting song, with multiple layers of meaning that continue to inspire fans and music critics alike.

Line by Line Meaning

We passed upon the stair
We encountered each other while we were taking the stairs.

We spoke of was and when
We talked about the past and the present/future.

Although I wasn't there
I wasn't physically present during the events we talked about.

He said I was his friend
He claimed that we were friends.

Which came as some surprise
I was caught off guard when he made that statement.

I spoke into his eyes 'I thought you died alone A long, long time ago'
I looked directly at him and expressed my belief that he had passed away a long time ago and was alone when it happened.

Oh no, not me I never lost control You're face to face With the man who sold the world
I reject the idea that I'm the one who's lost control - you're actually confronting the man who's responsible for manipulating and selling the world.

I laughed and shook his hand
Despite the shock of seeing him and the realization that he might be dead, I laughed and shook his hand in a friendly way.

And made my way back home
After saying goodbye to him, I left and returned to my own residence.

I searched for form and land For years and years, I roamed I gazed a gazely stare At all the millions here We must have died alone A long, long time ago
I wandered aimlessly for a long time, trying to find a place to call home. As I looked at all the people in the world, I felt detached from them and came to the conclusion that everyone is actually alone - even though we're surrounded by others.

Who knows? Not me We never lost control You're face to face With the man who sold the world
I'm unsure about the nature of our reality and our level of control within it. However, I reiterate that you're in the presence of the man who's responsible for selling the world's current state of being.

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Written by: David Bowie

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I think the stair is the Stair of Jacob where the angels go up and go down.

"I thought you died alone a long long time ago" which for me it means he recognized him as Judas Iscariot the edomite. He had died before in another eon when he refused to kneel before the Son of God, there was a battle in heaven and Saint Michael pierced him with the sword of truth saying that nobody could be God. He was ousted from heaven and fell on the Earth.

He charged 30 silver pieces to betray Jesus and Jesus had said to the twelve one of you is a devil.

But then he should have died alone as it says in the Gospels that he hung himself , but in the Acts it says he fell and his body divided in two.

Maybe and this is something I think about sometimes, maybe Judas has never died , he is the antichrist instilling fear in all humans, persecuting, torturing and killing. And some may think that if they become friend of him things will go better for him. There's no agreements with a lier and cheater and an assassin. There's no agreement. Judas will hate everthing God created.

Yes, he sold the world literally. I will not go into the financial part of the situation.

He sold us all. Jesus bought us all at a high price.

As he is a liar he will say he never lost control. He never had any control at all.

And yes he died a long long time ago in another Eon.

This requires some readings in the world of the angels by priest Forteya. This book has a pdf on the web, but you'd better buy it on a bookstore. It's a cheap book.


Well it sure ain’t morning…

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Johnny Exodice

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The Society of nonmason~

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The Sentinel...


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The perfect song to wake up from a 9 year coma.


Metal gear ??


Excellent song ... I had a dream about DB which inspired me to record 'I am Space Boy ... its me Dave' on YTube ... it was fun ... thanks Dave.


Go back to bed...


and then you realise you don't have half of your arm anymore lol


This is a song to surpass metal gear.

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"This... Is Outer Heaven."


Beat me to it


R. I. P. David Bowie: The Man Who Changed The World


Hey you might like a band called The Doublejumps if you like David Bowie

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