"Starman" as written by Roy Ernest Hay, George Alan O'dowd, Michael E. Craig, Jonathan Aubrey Moss and John Themis....
Didn't know what time it was and the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin' down some rock 'n' roll 'lotta soul, he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase
That weren't no D.J. that was hazy cosmic jive

There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

I had to phone someone so I picked on you
Hey, that's far out so you heard him too
Switch on the TV we may pick him up on Channel Two
Look out your window I can see his light
If we can sparkle he may land tonight
Don't tell your poppa or he'll get us locked up in fright

There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

Starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la


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"Starman" as written by David Bowie

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  • +11
    General Commenti like both of what Grug and p3nguinpi3 are getting at. when i used to listen to this song over and over again few years ago in my dorm, it always gave me the impression that younger people are more open minded and therefore able to receive the "Starman", he warns his friend not to tell the parents, and so far the narrator and his friend are the ones who are able to perceive the STarman's communication. i am leaning towards the Starman representing englightenment of some kind. the parents, older generation are closed-minded and their judgements have been controlled by things like culture and religion. remember, he'd "blow our minds"! = too much of a shock for our learned beliefs. perhaps my opinion is biased by the fact that i was listening to this song at a period of my life where i left the church cos i thought it was too stifling and intolerant.
    miraejaon February 02, 2005   Link
  • +9
    General CommentDoes everyone forget this is a concept album? It's about an extraterrestrial rock star who comes to earth and rocks out and tries to save the world through his music. And most importantly this is glam rock so it's all about inflating the importance of rock and roll and celebrating itself. Ziggy's story throughout the album is really just a metaphor for the rise and fall of rock and roll itself in the 1950s. Rock and roll was originally a fad, and it did die a nasty death in the late 50s. Keep in mind that the number 1 song played on the radio before the Beatles breathed new life into rock and roll with their first hit single, was "How Much is that Doggy in the Window". Yeah...
    So Starman is about Ziggy, the alien, broadcasting totally crazy rock and roll music on the radio from outerspace and the kids are digging it, and their parents don't get it, and Ziggy has the confidence and audacity to tell everyone that it's rock and roll that will save the world. And all that is just a science fiction metaphor for the arrival and acceptance of rock and roll by kids in the '50s, from the point of view of Bowie as a huge rock enthusiast.
    enjoymywaffleson December 29, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Commentif there is life on other planets, and these beings are capable of picking up our radio and television transmissions, then they should be quite afraid to visit our planet, based on the crap that's broadcasted nowadays.
    roger wilcoon May 17, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think it's about how children choose idols because their own lives are so bleak and ordinary. They choose a "Starman" who, they believe, will make everything better or at least make them feel a little better.
    Child Of Musicon May 18, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love the thought that if there are aliens out there then their message to humainty would be
    "Let the children lose it
    Let the children use it
    Let all the children boogie"
    Its actually beautiful in a wierd way, the thought that something we've searched for forever, a sign that we're not alone, wouldn't be interested in telling us how to live our lives, telling us that we were wrong, they wouldn't want to invade... they'd just want us to dance. Something that simple
    I think that dancing in the song is a metaphor for enjoying life, without a care, so I think that maybe this song could be Bowie basically saying that we all just need to enjoy ourselves, because maybe thats all aliens would expect us to do

    I know I sound stupid and crazy, but that's just my opinion. I know it's from a concept album, but even songs from concept albums can have a deeper meaning underneath their superficial one.
    BadWolfBabeon May 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou could base a whole religion on this!!! Like, there is a huge, mega-awesome alien out there, who influences tv and radio, and he would come down but everyone's minds would blow up because of the awesomness of it. So children should be taught only to communicate and understand stuff with dance, and so when he does come it will be worthwhile for them and they can all boogie together!

    Wow, i'm insane. And I myself wouldn't actually make a new religion based on this song. I love Jesus too much.
    LottieLovesLifeon June 23, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe Starman is the God that will transform us from the old to the new era of enlightenment.
    SamMayeron April 28, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think you two read only half of vampiress humane's post. i don't think she was flaming the choon, but agreeing that there is alot of crap clogging the airwaves out there.
    roger wilcoon June 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm fairly certain vampiresshumane was talking about new music in general, not Bowie's new stuff. Silly people...

    I think the song is commenting on the general close-mindedness of adults, and how we're so set in our ways and oppose change. So yeah, the Starman could be the literal meaning (ie. he's an alien and wants nothing to do with most of our race) or he could represent change (for the better). That's my interpretation anyway.
    Uber_Geekon May 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust say no
    subterranean_summeron June 12, 2005   Link

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