Watch: David Bowie Says Goodbye to The World With His Last Video

Watch: David Bowie Says Goodbye to The World With His Last Video

“Look up here, I’m in Heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen” opens the video and song, Lazarus by the late David Bowie.

David Bowie, the transcendent singer and songwriter who died “…peacefully today surrounded by his family,” according to a post on his Facebook page, appears to have given his family, loved ones, and his fan one last goodbye with the video ‘Lazarus’ released just last Thursday.

He was battling cancer for the past 18 months but alas the scourge has claimed yet another life too early on its journey.

The song is from his last album, Blackstar, which was released on Friday, the day of the icon’s birthday.

Lazarus, and indeed his album Blackstar, takes on an entirely different meaning with his death today.

UPDATE: According to the Telegraph:

“David Bowie’s last release, Lazarus, was ‘parting gift’ for fans in carefully planned finale

The producer of Blackstar confirms David Bowie had planned his poignant final message, and videos and lyrics show how he approached his death”

The entire song and video can be seen as that of a man suffering and resigned to his fate which he can’t escape—thinking that this was his way of bidding the world adieu isn’t so far out considering the type of artist David Bowie was on the world stage.

In one version of him he’s on what can be interpreted as his death bed and in his other incarnation he’s scribbling fast with such urgency in a notebook like a man running out of time.

The London born New Yorker who was married to supermodel Iman for the past 22 years, has left an indelible mark in the world of pop culture and his influence will be felt long after his departure.

In Lazarus, he ends the song by singing:

“This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me

Oh I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me”


Here’s to you, Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, The Goblin King and so many other names. You never stood still, your image and style ever-changing almost afraid of stasis.

Thank you for teaching us it’s ok to be us, it’s ok to change, it’s ok to be different, it’s ok to create our own destinies, it’s ok to live our lives as we choose.



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