Did David Bowie predict his own death with his last album, Blackstar?

Did David Bowie predict his own death with his last album, Blackstar?

Rest in peace

Text: Adibah Isa

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Shocking the world with his unexpected passing just two days after the release of his album, Blackstar, we take a look at some of the gloomy lines from his last LP

As tributes start pouring in for David Bowie's untimely passing (just hours after the 2016 Golden Globes wrapped up), we mourned the only way we could — through his music. Within minutes of listening to his final LP, Blackstar, which was released just two days ago on his 69th birthday, we've noticed just how gloomy the songs are. 

Bowie's 26th release, the seven-track Blackstar brings together the best of Bowie from his illustrious, four-decade long career. The opening track, Blackstar, is a long nine minutes, before bringing us on a journey of electronic rock, jazz rock and retro nuances that combine the old and new. Listening to the songs after his passing, some of the lines particularly sting, making us yearn for what's passed. 

In Blackstar, his cries echo tragically:

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
I'm a blackstar, I'm a star's star, I'm a blackstar

Lazarus, his last single released, hints at disregard:

Look up here, man, I'm in danger 
I've got nothing left to lose
I'm so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below

Dollar Days is a contemporary reaction to current affairs:

I'm dying to
Push their backs against the grain
And fool them all again and again
I'm trying to
It's all gone wrong but on and on
The bitter nerve ends never end
I'm falling down
Don't believe for just one second I'm forgetting you
I'm trying to
I'm dying to

Bowie closes the album with I Can't Give Everything Away:

I know something is very wrong
The pulse returns the prodigal sons
The blackout hearts, the flowered news
With skull designs upon my shoes
I can't give everything
I can't give everything away

Blackstar is the artist's fitting goodbye — to a life and career that has shaped the music industry in the last four decades, broken boundaries and inspired the generations to come. Goodbye, Ziggy Stardust.

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