If you’d listened to David Bowie’s new album a few days ago, you might think a line in his song, Lazarus, was a little peculiar…
‘Look up here, I’m in heaven’, is the line in question – and after news of his death broke yesterday, it began to feel like the words meant something more to Bowie when he wrote them.
The track’s video shows Bowie bandaged on a hospital bed and also features the lines: I’ve got scars that can’t be seen” and “Look up here, man, I’m in danger, I’ve got nothing left to lose.”
Music producer Tony Visconti described the song as a “parting gift” to Bowie’s millions of fans around the world. “He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it the best way,” he said.
Insiders believe that David Bowie knew he was going to die relatively soon, and worked hard to produce the album in time for his fans.
“His death was no different from his life — a work of art.
He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be.
I wasn’t, however, prepared for it.”
The track’s final lines, sung by Bowie as he lies writhing on a bed, are: “This way or no way, you know, I’ll be free. Just like that bluebird, oh I’ll be free.”