David Bowie - Life on Mars






It's a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mother is yelling "No"
And her father has told her to go



But her friend is nowhere to be seen
And 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


'Cause she's lived it ten times or more
And it's about to be lived again
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 America's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
And the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lenin's on sale again

See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibiza 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?




Read more: David Bowie - Life On Mars? Lyrics | MetroLyrics 



The song begins by telling the story of a young girl escaping an argument between her parents by going to the cinema, only to find the film a disappointment as she feels it echoes her life.

The chorus explains this further: the girl is being asked to focus on real world events such as violence in dance halls and police brutality.

The song’s second verse is made up entirely of social observations, with Bowie  discussing the faults with American cultural imperialism and the state of Britain. Bowie then agrees that the film is a saddening bore and returns to the chorus.

It has been suggested that Bowie is singing from the point of view of the filmmaker in the second verse as there is a switch from a third person perspective to a first person."

Also, http://www.songmeanings.net explores the meaning of many different songs so perhaps you can read about even more speculation there.

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