"My Death" as written by and Jacques Roman/blau Brel....
My death is like
A swinging door
A patient girl who knows the score
Whistle for her
And the passing time

My death waits like
A bible truth
At the funeral of my youth
Weep loud for that
And the passing time

My death waits like
A witch at night
And surely as our love is bright
Let's laugh for us
And the passing time

But whatever is behind the door
There is nothing much to do
Angel or devil I don't care
For in front of that door
There is you

My death waits like
A beggar blind
Who sees the world with an unlit mind
Throw him a dime
For the passing time

My death waits
To allow my friends
A few good times before it ends
Let's drink to that
And the passing time

My death waits in
Your arms, your thighs
Your cool fingers will close my eyes
Let's not talk about
The passing time

But whatever is behind the door
There is nothing much to do
Angel or devil I don't care
For in front of that door
There is you

My death waits
Among the falling leaves
In magicians, mysterious sleeves
Rabbits, dogs
And the passing times

My death waits
Among the flowers
Where the blackish shadow cowers
Let's pick lilacs
For the passing time

My death waits in
A double bed
Sails of oblivion at my head
Pull up the sheets
Against the passing time

But whatever is behind the door
There is nothing much to do
Angel or devil I don't care
For in front of that door
There is you


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"My Death" as written by David Bowie

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    My InterpretationThis is a deep song initially by Jacques Brel, with Scott's voice giving it air and powerful emotions.
    Love and death come hand in hand in these lyrics, as I see it.
    Finding true love is the same as accepting death in your life. It is a new perspective, though not a simple one.
    Death is so obvious and it is everywhere, looking at you, and you are looking back at it. But as sure as death is also life, for when something is meant to die, it also means it is alive.
    There is no desperation, there is deep, tragic happiness.
    You accept death and life becomes pointless, empty, just time passing before your final breath. But at the same time you become fearless, and death loses all it's power.
    This is existentialism from an emotional point of view.
    alrom88on April 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe gloomy melody at the very beginning might seem familiar as it is actually taken from Franz Liszt's "Totentanz/Dance of the Dead" (which is based on the Gregorian chant "Dies irae") (notably, it might have also been taken from Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique which borrows the same melody), which presumably serves this song as a sort of musical epigraph, considering its theme being death.

    In the original by Jacques Brel, the melody also appears at the start and furthermore re-appears in the vocal melody later on.

    Brel's "La Mort/My Death" has been also commendably covered by David Bowie in various forms in concert.
    terrycraigon August 22, 2014   Link

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