David Bowie–Five Years and Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

I could have picked just about any song from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.  It turns out I couldn’t pick just one.  Instead, here are the emotional bookends to one of the finest albums ever recorded.  Both songs see Bowie desperate, pleading and full of raw emotion, but the reasons couldn’t be more different.  Five Years is beautiful in its despondence as our time on the planet is given a firm end date.  The overwhelming prospect leads to an intricate catalogue of small moments in an attempt to understand the size of what stands to be lost.  Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide instead urges hope for someone who’s lost their will to go on.  There is perhaps no more rousingly reassuring moment in all of music than Bowie screaming, “Give me you’re hands/cause you’re wonderful” to close the album.  Captivating, theatrical, but ultimately deeply personal, this is what made Bowie a giant.


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