"Lady Stardust" as written by Lisa Maria Miskovsky and Joakim Herbert Berg....
People stared at the makeup on his face
Laughed at his long black hair, his animal grace
The boy in the bright blue jeans
Jumped up on the stage
Lady Stardust sang his songs
Of darkness and disgrace

And he was alright, the band was altogether
Yes he was alright, the song went on forever
Yes he was awful nice
Really quite out of sight
And he sang all night long

Femme fatales emerged from shadows
To watch this creature fair
Boys stood upon their chairs
To make their point of view
I smiled sadly for a love
I could not obey
Lady Stardust sang his songs
Of darkness and dismay

And he was alright, the band was altogether
Yes he was alright, his song went on forever
And he was awful nice
Really quite paradise
And he sang all night, all night long

Oh how I sighed when they asked if I knew his name

Oh that was alright, the band was altogether
Yes he was alright and the song went on forever
He was awful nice
Really quite paradise
He sang all night long


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"Lady Stardust" as written by David Bowie

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    General Commenti agree, it's about Marc. i've seen the narrator as being bowie/ziggy, making the Lady Stardust a kind of spiritual or metaphoric mate
    egotrippenon April 17, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn terms of the ZS story, it isn't so much Ziggy himself playing, but Ziggy recognizing the impact he's had on young men starting in the music world.
    IcarusIncarnateon December 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think this song is aobut Marc Bolan. It seems pretty autobiographical - Lady Stardust is Ziggy/Bowie. It refers to his dressing in drag/semi-drag.
    Oh how I sighed when they asked if I knew his name and I smiled sadly for a love I could not obey is refering to him not being able to reveal that Lady Stardust is him and the character he developed.
    Chinupon December 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthmm, I'm willing to accept that this is about Marc Bolan, as he is gorgeousness multiplied, and definitely deserves the title of lady stardust. but i can't help this song also reminding me of lou reed (my other passion...) and the velvet underground, especially the 'femme fatales' part, and 'the band was all together'. and 'oh how i sighed, when they asked if i knew his name'... lou and david had a very close relationship, and bowie is pretty much responsible for getting lou into the mainstream.
    Love all three of them, anyways!
    Coney_island_babyon June 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe the line "Ooh, how I sighed when they asked if I knew his name!" to be a somewhat oblique nod to Peter's denial of Jesus in the Gospels - i.e. "Ooh, how I lied when they asked if I knew his name!".

    Nicholas Pegg suggests that the line "I smiled sadly for a love I could not obey" is paraphasing Lord Alfred Douglas' quote "I am the love that dare not speak its name." - I think quoting a wider selection of the poem that line is from (Two Loves) sheds more light still on the song:

    "[...]I fell a-weeping, and I cried, 'Sweet youth,
    Tell me why, sad and sighing, thou dost rove
    These pleasent realms? I pray thee speak me sooth
    What is thy name?' He said, 'My name is Love.'
    Then straight the first did turn himself to me
    And cried, 'He lieth, for his name is Shame,
    But I am Love, and I was wont to be
    Alone in this fair garden, till he came
    Unasked by night; I am true Love, I fill
    The hearts of boy and girl with mutual flame.'
    Then sighing, said the other, 'Have thy will,
    I am the love that dare not speak its name.' "
    petroleumon January 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was written about Marc Bolan, of T. Rex. Really lovely song.
    Anadineon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOVE this song. The first line strikes me and holds me all the way through...amazing
    madluneon June 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs a part of the Ziggy concept, Ziggy first appears on stage to become a rock star, and Lady Stardust sings along. Mostly his first time on stage, though. Great song.
    clearlygonemadon October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay, it's about Marc Bolan. But i still think there's alot of Bowie in there...
    Chinupon December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song IS about Marc Bolan of T. Rex, a longtime friend and rival of Bowie. It was originally titled "A Song for Marc". Really beautiful stuff.
    thinwhiteduchesson February 19, 2006   Link

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