"The Prettiest Star" as written by and David Bowie....
Cold fire, you've got everything but cold fire
You will be my rest and peace, child
I moved up to take a place
Near you

So tired, it's the sky that makes you feel tried
It's a trick to make you see wide
It can all but break your heat
In pieces

Staying back in your memory
Are the movies in the past?
How you moved is all it takes
To sing a song of when I loved
The prettiest star

One day, though it might as well be someday
You and I will rise up all the way
All because of what you are
The prettiest star

Staying back in your memory
Are the movies in the past?
How you moved is all it takes
To sing a song of when I loved
The prettiest star

One day, though it might as well be someday
You and I will rise up all the way
All because of what you are
The prettiest star


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"The Prettiest Star" as written by David Bowie

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  • +1
    General CommentI don't actually agree about it being a proposal - he sounds a lot as if he's talking in retrospect;
    "When I LOVED the prettiest star".
    "Staying back in your memory are the movies in the past"
    TheRealTashMaybeon November 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is in my top four favorite David Bowie songs.
    I know it's not politically driven and controversial and it does not has a crazy sound that Bowie is known and loved for, but thats exactly why I love it.
    It is beautiful and pure.
    Uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time.
    I love David Bowie.
    Oh!You PrettyThingson April 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm sure you'll agree that this song is beautiful and of a time pure and simple, a lost time that unless you were there you couldn't begin to understand how special it was, I'm there still in my mind, still dreaming of it, special times gone now, todd
    todd1961on July 09, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTry not to smile when listening to this. Such a gorgeously, simple love song.
    nagromnaion September 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGorgeous guitar solo - lifts you on the wind & soars away
    nagromnaion November 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a great song when reflecting upon someone you knew or have lost. Great guitar solo at the end of the song for sure.
    Phadedjadedon February 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe bolan version is less complicated than the album version, both very good. Such a great song andof a great time.todd
    todd1961on July 10, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentInspired by his first wife Angie. Bowie often called her 'Star'.
    kymson March 28, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song was how he proposed to her over the phone.
    MichaelRatcliffeon October 10, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI too always loved the end of this song (as well as just the whole song generally)...there's just something about the way it fades out the last thirty/forty seconds, such an easygoing trailing off just before the manic, over-the-top cover to "Let's Spend The Night Together"...the last 30-45 seconds or so of "Prettiest" are like being taken by the hand and strolled/escorted ever so lightly to the edge of a precipice which leads to a sharp, abrupt, very vertical drop to the next track on the album (again, the nutty cover to Jagger/Richards).
    pabulum28on March 10, 2012   Link

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