David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ Lyrics Are Both Chilling And Comforting

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As news of the legend’s death is still sinking in, the world is still shocked to learn that the music icon had been battling cancer; he kept it a secret from the media, hoping for privacy in his final days. But his loved ones say that his final album, Blackstar, was a “parting gift” for fans.

The eerily beautiful video for “Lazarus” features Bowie laying in a hospital bed, his eyes bandaged up and covered with black buttons. After writhing in and floating above the bed, a mysterious hand reaches out from under, like he’s being pulled up toward heaven, his arms stretched out wide. By the end, a livelier version of his character dances around the room before creeping into a wooden cabinet to disappear. After all, another lyric says he will be “free like a bluebird.”

One YouTube commenter really says it best: “This song is a fitting send off for a great musician, much like Freddie Mercury’s ‘The Show Must Go On’ and Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Hurt.’ The space oddity sent out one final message to ground control telling everyone he’s going home.”

Watch the video for “Lazarus” while listening along to the powerful lyrics — and please SHARE it with your friends on Facebook.