ESL Video Quiz: syoneda: David Bowie: Lazarus

Quiz by: Sharon Yoneda
Quiz #: 25320
(ESL Category: listening) Life meets art in David Bowie's swan song
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Lazarus

Look up here, I'm in heaven
I've got scars that can't be seen
I've got drama, can't be stolen
Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I'm in danger
I've got nothing left to lose
I'm so high, it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below
Ain't that just like me?

By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass

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?

songwriter: David Bowie

performed by: David Bowie

date released: December 15, 2015 by David Bowie

David Bowie passed away on January 11, 2016, from the complications of liver cancer leaving his final album, Blackstar, to obfuscate his legacy further.

From the UK Daily Mail:

David Bowie used the haunting lyrics of his swansong album to say goodbye to his fans following a secret 18-month battle with cancer.

The 69-year-old singer, who died yesterday, penned seven cryptic tracks for his latest album Blackstar which hinted at the terminal nature of his condition.

Perhaps the most moving track on the record is Lazarus, which became posthumously poignant today as he told fans: 'Look up here, I'm in heaven.'

Just three days before he died, the avant-garde artist had released the video for the song, which showed the singer trapped in a hospital bed, his frail body shaking beneath the covers and his eyes covered in bandages.

Today, Bowie's producer suggested the artist knew for a year that his cancer was incurable, describing Blackstar as his 'parting gift'. He added that Bowie had made his death - as he did his life - 'a work of art'.

The album, which was released just two days before he died, was Bowie's 25th album but the only one that has not featured his photo on the cover. Instead, it features a lone black star.

It has now charged into the top spot and could become Bowie's 10th chart-topping album, if it stays at number one until the charts are announced on Friday.
'LOOK UP HERE, I'M IN HEAVEN': POIGNANT LYRICS OF BOWIE'S FINAL SONG LAZARUS

Look up here, I'm in heaven

I've got scars that can't be seen

I've got drama, can't be stolen

Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I'm in danger

I've got nothing left to lose

I'm so high it makes my brain whirl

Dropped my cell phone down below

Ain't that just like me

By the time I got to New York

I was living like a king

Then I used up all my money

I was looking for your ass

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

Paying tribute to the musician, Tony Visconti - who produced the star's music dating back to the 1960s - said: 'He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way.

'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.'

He added: 'He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.'

The video for Lazarus - named after a biblical character who was raised from the dead four days after he died by Jesus - was released on Thursday and is full of haunting images alluding to death.

The bleak video begins with the singer - a blind man whose eyes are depicted as buttons - stepping out of a closet into a dark hospital where he becomes trapped in a feverish nightmare.

The haunting footage continues with him confined to a hospital bed, shrouded in darkness, as he vulnerably clutches onto his bed sheets and writhes around in a tortured fashion.

As Bowie levitates above the mattress, a hand then reaches out from under the bed - perhaps a symbol of being lifted towards heaven.

Another Bowie then appears - a stronger, freer version of the singer - and he starts dancing in the room.

He then retreats to a desk, where he manically pores over a notebook. As he continues to write frantically, a skull can be seen sitting on the desk - perhaps a sign of his impending death.

The song then reaches its climax and Bowie walks back to the wardrobe and shut the door behind him, seemingly bidding farewell for the final time.

The song was released on the Steve Lamacq show on BBC 6 Music on December 17.

The opening line reads: 'Look up here, I'm in heaven.'



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