Moonage Daydream is a song written by David Bowie and included in their album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Lyrics

I’m an alligator, I’m a mama-papa coming for you
I’m the space invader, I’ll be a rock ‘n’ rollin’ bitch for you
Keep your mouth shut, you’re squawking like a pink monkey bird
And I’m busting up my brains for the words

Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!

Don’t fake it baby, lay the real thing on me
The church of man, lover, is such a holy place to be
Make me baby, make me know you really care
Make me jump into the air

Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!

Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!

Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!

Oh freak out, far out, in out

Moonage Daydream – David Bowie – Meaning

In the third song of the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie, presents the hero of the entire LP.

Ziggy Stardust. An alien messiah that was revealed to the world, and that must save the earth from the end.

The earth will die in five years and the only hope is in the fate of Ziggy.

Ziggy borns in this song as a strange combination of passion, sexual freedom, rebellion and religion.

All the elements combining in the archetypal of the rock star.

 

For Bowie this is his way to approach the mainstream musical scene.

He from here starts to be a “rock’n’rolling bitch for you”.

He don’t really like it, but knows that he need it to become really famous.

This is the road to inspire all the world with his music.

But the entire creation of the character of Ziggy Stardust is used by David Bowie, like a way to live the transition to the mainstream era, in a more natural way.

Until this moment David Bowie he has not had the desire to work for the big musical industries.

Keep your electric eye on me babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream oh yeah!

The media are a central question in a lot of songs of David Bowie.

Here the electric eye is the television.

A really powerfull tool to make a connection with a lot of people.

A really simple way to talk to the world.

But in the end is like to have a ray gun to my head.

The Television and the others media needs sacrifices.

The sacrifices that Bowie made with this album.

 

To complete the description of the strange mix that leads to the heroic ( or anti-hero), character of Ziggy, David Bowie revealed in the same verse two side of the same medal.

The sexual side, that belongs to every rockstar. Trying to get the real love, but ending always only with sex for the sake of sex.

And the mistic and religious side. That comes when a rockstar becomes more lonely, and starts to play in front of people.

Becoming one of them.

But talks and sings to them from the high.

 

 

Conclusion

This song is the first meeting with Ziggy Stardust. A strange alien that wants to save the earth and all of us from the sure end. But more simply. A great song that made the history of music.

Leave a comment or a different vision of the meaning of this song if you want.

 

 

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