David Bowie’s 22 greatest lyrics ever

Ziggy Stardust gave us poetry from out of this world

As the world remembers David Bowie on what would have been his 71st birthday, we try to find solace in the hidden (and not so hidden) meanings of his lyrics. Here are 22 of the best Bowie had to offer.

“There’s a starman waiting in the sky/ He’d like to come and meet us/ But he thinks he’d blow our minds”
– ‘Starman’ – ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’

“Look up here, I’m in heaven/ I’ve got scars that can’t be seen/ I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen/ Everybody knows me now”
– ‘Lazarus’ – ‘Blackstar’

“We live closer to the earth/ Never to the heavens/ The stars are never far away/ Stars are out tonight”
– ‘The Stars Are Out Tonight’ – ‘The Next Day’

“We can be heroes/ Just for one day”
– ‘Heroes’ – ‘Heroes’

“I know when to go out, know when to stay in/ Get things done”
– ‘Modern Love’ – ‘Let’s Dance’

“Now my brother lays upon the rocks/ He could be dead, He could be not/ He could be you/ He’s chameleon, comedian, corinthian and caricature”
– ‘Bewlay Brothers’ – ‘Hunky Dory’

“When all the world was very young/ And mountain magic heavy hung/ The supermen would walk in file/ Guardians of a loveless isle”
– ‘The Supermen’ – ‘The Man Who Sold The World’

“The sun machine is coming down, and we’re gonna have a party”
– ‘Memory Of A Free Festival’ – ‘David Bowie’

“You promised me the ending would be clear/ You’d let me know when the time was now/ Don’t let me know when you’re opening the door/ Strap me in the dark, let me disappear”
– ‘Bring Me The Disco King’ – ‘Reality’

“She had a horror of rooms, she was tried, you can’t hide beat/ When I looked in her eyes, they were blue but nobody home”
– ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’ – ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’

“Ziggy really sang, screwed up eyes and screwed down hairdo/ Like some cat from Japan, he could lick ’em by smiling/ He could leave ’em to hang/ Here came on so loaded man, well hung and snow white tan”
– ‘Ziggy Stardust’ – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’