MUSIC – GLAM ROCK: David Bowie / “Life on Mars?” / 1971


It’s a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling “No”
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she’s hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
For she’s lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It’s on Amerikas tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
‘Cause Lennon’s on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
‘Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It’s about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

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2 thoughts on “MUSIC – GLAM ROCK: David Bowie / “Life on Mars?” / 1971

  1. Nope, if there ever was it’s long gone, the best bet is Europa. Of course that spoils a good song, but I prefer ‘Hero’s’ really What does the ‘HAL’ computer say in the follow-up film 2010:- ‘All these worlds are yours except Europa … attempt no landings there’.

  2. I’m just taking a guess here but could it be “Lenin” they are mentioning? Worker’s strike for fame in the line right before it implying they “sold out” which would make perfect sense coupled with “Lenin on sale again”…..I might be wrong but it makes A LOT more sense if this is correct…plus you can use soviet state atheism in your interpretation of his mention if it helps your theories 😉

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