Starman 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

Goodbye love
Goodbye love

Didn’t know what time it was
The lights were low
I leaned back on my radio

Some cat was layin’ down
Some rock ‘n’ roll ‘lotta soul
He said

Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase
That weren’t no DJ that was hazy cosmic jive

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile

He told me, “Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie”

I had to phone someone so I picked on you
Hey, that’s far out so you heard him too
Switch on the TV we may pick him up on Channel Two

Look out your window I can see his light
If we can sparkle he may land tonight
Don’t tell your poppa or he’ll get us locked up in fright

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile

He told me, “Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie”

Starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile

He told me, “Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie”

La, la, la
La, la, la
La, la, la

Starman – David Bowie – Meaning

Ziggy Stardust is revealed to the world, and start to give news about the future of humanity.

Ziggy is not the Starman but only his messenger on earth.

And the kids come to their shows to hear his words.

Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to things that they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock-and-roll band and the kids no longer want rock-and-roll. There’s no electricity to play it.  – David Bowie

The song is told from the perspective of a person that listen to Ziggy Stardust on the radio.

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile

The starman is a lonely person who wishes he could come to earth and meet all of the humans.

But he knows that he can’t do it. “He’d like to come and meet us but he thinks he’d blow our minds”.

So he watches humans that ruins all the good things they have.

But the starman can’t do nothing. At the end the future of humanity is only in the hands of men.

He knows that humans are going to “blow it” but can’t do anything to stop this.

 

He told me, “Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie”

Yes. The future is only in the kids.

They are free and not deeply involved in the bad things that adults do on the earth.

And at the end of all, the thing that the starman really wants is that children start to dance.

Yes.

We wait for a big sign from the sky. Some visitors from the space.

We want to know if we are alone in the universe, or not.

And in the end.

The only thing that matters is to “let all the children boogie“.

 

 

 

Conclusion

The single from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was a big success for David Bowie. The first real single of success for the White Duke.

A beautiful song with a real message of real hope for the entire humanity.

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

 

 

 

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