"Memory of a Free Festival" as written by and David Bowie....
The children of the summer's end
Gathered in the dampened grass,
We played Our songs and felt the London sky
Resting on our hands
It was God's land.
It was ragged and naive.
It was Heaven.

Touch, we touched the very soul
Of holding each and every life.
We claimed the very source of joy ran through.
It didn't, but it seemed that way.
I kissed a lot of people that day.

Oh, to capture just one drop of all the ecstasy that swept that afternoon,
To paint that love upon a white balloon,
And fly it from the toppest top of all the tops that man has pushed beyond his
Brain.
Satoria must be something just the same.

We scanned the skies with rainbow eyes and saw machines of every shape and size.
We talked with tall Venusians passing through.
And Peter tried to climb aboard but the Captain shook his head
And away they soared,
Climbing through the ivory vibrant cloud.
Someone passed some bliss among the crowd.
And we walked back to the road, unchained.

"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."
"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."
"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."
"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."
"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."


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"Memory of a Free Festival" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentThe song refers to a free concert and festival that David and friends put on at Beckenham in London on Saturday 16th August 1969. It was around the time his Father passed away. Friends of David's report him being in a bad mood (Understandably) that day and were surprised when he recorded the song about it. It was around this time he started to go out with Angie.
    kymson March 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSatori, zen enlightenment, not "Satoria", whatever that is.
    ryan144110on September 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is about a drug orgy but then theres the slight possiblity that i am absolutely stupidly wrong.. yet i'm honored to be the first person to comment this song and humor appart i'd like to add that this is one of my more beloved hymns and damn it i don't know why,
    raindog_mxon February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIs it really "unchained" - or does he say "unchanged"?
    imrazoron July 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song captures the wondrous feeling of hanging out with your mates at a summer festival from a distant youth so well. Magical.
    mickylaneon April 01, 2013   Link

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