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43 thoughts on “Eight Line Poem – David Bowie

  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    The mood changes from one of people, to place, in fact this is the only track on the album which doesn't relate specifically to person or persons. Just as there are wheels within wheels, so there exists microcosms within microcosms. The prairie is a part of the earth, and the city is a part of the prairie. The West Side, is a part of the city. The room is a part of the West Side, and the cactus, taken from the prairie, is now part of the room. They, the world,  prairie, city,  West Side,  room and cactus, all relate to one another in time and place, or so we are led to believe. In a natural sense there is no relationship. The prairie is empty, hostile and barren, yet it is real. The city too, is hostile and barren, but it' s make-up is artificial.  It is a wasteland where `memory and desire are mixed'.  The inhabitants of the city draw upon the natural vegetation of the desert as momento's for their window-sills and side tables.   Replacements taken out of true context. Bowie's footnotes to the album claim the city as 'A kind of high-life wart on the backside of the prairie'.   Ironically, the course of the city's establishment or the "keys to it's position is a result of the temperate climate found in the desert/prairie, where the warmth of the sun "Pins the branches to the sky."

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    I was at the Hammersmith Odeon July 3rd 1973, tickets were £2,….when he announced it was his very last show…..ever! Thank God he was just a bit tired! …His rendition of Jacques Brel's "My Death" was a brilliant and poignant end to the show…..I've listened and worked to his music for 46 years….R.I.P. David, your genius can never be equaled.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    As I'm sat here mourning Bowie after listening to his music all of my teenage an adult life, there's one track which stands out and this is 'Eight Line Poem'. There's not a week gone by since I was that teenager that I haven't listened to a record of his. No doubt I will continue listening for many more to come. Slowly the list of great lyrical artists is dwindling which makes me sad but for today let's remember David. Your work will be missed. Rest peacefully/

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    この雰囲気…なにかボウイが本格的に世界的なロックスターになる 前夜 のような感じ。
    すごく良い。

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    What won't be remembered ? The more American English voices become, the less chance there will be of any original sounding vocals. an original voice would not be accepted by shareholders, still, there are some amazing underground unsigned artists uploading to music sites. Like the Palestine water supply, we all swallow the sewage of the greedy. Changing music and developing new genre and sound is too risky for shareholders; it will never change again despite an infinite possibility of variation.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Wasnt this taken at the BBC in 1964 when Bowie was on the Tonight Show with Cliff Mitchelmore discussing his Society for the Prevention to long-haired Men?

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    I think that they should have had the song Bombers instead of this track on Hunky Dory

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    you tell me if this man is or isn´t an icon.imposible to hate him

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    @madjacles "I think Space Oddity was the first song to make me think about music" SNAP!

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    i was brought up listening to this music.. my life was enhanced by the music of bowie amongst others. thank f8ck for people like him i reckon.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Loved the images. However, the song is a Mick Ronson showcase – a far more subtle and delicate use of tone and plain picking than was usual. As the title suggests, the lines are a poem backed by a fairly sketchy piano arrangement (and obviously played by The Man, as Ronson or Wakeman would have been far more proficient), allowing Ronno to express his sensitive side. Brilliant.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    This is such a beautiful song; melancholy, it makes me sad, but its so fabulous. This is a piece of art, so is the whole Hunky Dory album; theres not one single bad song on it. Loved it as a kid and love it even more now as a middleaged adult!

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    David! You handsome devil! I am your #1 fan!!! Okay, maybe not quite. I've only bought 2 of your albums so far. Dang. I kind of suck…

    Wait! I know! I'm the #1 fan of your 'fro, and that's a fact! (I seem to be the only one who likes it. A LOT:)

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    ok thanks, any idea when this photo was taken then? it's just that, at first glance, i thought the guy on the left was bowie; same hairline & very similar profile.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    question for RandomRosa: 2nd photo; is that his father? Fascinating photos, great song, thanks for uploading.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    jeez he was a skinny bastard when he was young! possibly the best poet of the times, better than dylan imo. more relevant & succinct. (dunno if i spelt that last word right!?) my favourite song since this whole era (67-74) is 7 years in tibet.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Used to listen to this all the time……saw Ziggy and the Spiders at Santa Monica in 72, great days.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    1994 is bang on. Since then the share holders will not allow investment in anything new. Have you noticed that all mainstream releases sound like other songs? The share holders own the songs being recycled and they make profits keeping pop music the same. Chart music is for 8 to 13 year old children; has been since 1994. It has to be simple and crap from now on; except on-line.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Hey !!! check out 'Jason Ninnis' @ noisehead. He has a very Bowie-like voice and seems to be influenced by Bowie's early 60's stuff. He has that 'searching for a style' sound that Bowie charmed us with and I must admit it is fun to listen to his accent. Sometimes it's like discovering a new Bowie album of unreleased songs from the cutting room floor. As you might have figured from previous comments, I'm 'ain't' easy to please. Check him out; I'd love to hear what another Bowie fans thinks.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    reminds me; CNET used to have a great selection of new artists in all genres (2005-8) and so easy to search by region I'm sure I've been to Sweden and remixed some of it's artists, but it closed down and I lost the plot. The internet is the best place to find new stuff, or old stuff we didn't know existed. Some good tunes on 'noisehead'. Bad music is just predictable. Rock'n'Roll caused riot squads at the start and warehouse raves caused riot squads at the end. Original music lives again on line

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Amen. Same here dude… Although I think good music stopped a little before that… Except for Phish!

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Have heart; there is good 'new' music on the net which will never be heard on TV and radio, like in the good old decades. It takes some finding though and it is mostly modern genre and sub sub genre (invented names for the same thing) you might find something on the 'noisehead' site because of it's standard genres. For good modern style you might try googling 'DJ 100' , HIS 'MONSTER MASH UPS' are choice showcase selections of the best in modern style unsigned music from CNET before it shut down.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    I feel bad for myself too D: . Todays music sucks. Nothing special. Too bad I was born in 1994, just when the good music stopped.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Bowie: yet another genius who would have been told to give up if he was on the x-factor. I feel sorry for todays kids; they have nothing but watered down U.S chart soul R'n'B clones; pointless junk which will never be remembered the way we remember and still thrill to hear Bowie. Music evolved and developed for hundreds of years and each change was a thrill for each generation…then it all stopped changing around 1994; thanks to the shareholders.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Hia accent and emotional craft; nothing sounds like him and his music

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Don't forget that this happens to be – from my humble point of view – David Bowie's Claw of the Lion! And by the way, it's Rick Wakeman on the piano, awesome!
    – Tobbe in Sweden –

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Y'all have to move past his hair and enjoy the beauty of his music!

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    Is this Western music? As in Country and Western? I've always loved it.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    In my late teens I had almost perfectly straight, long hair; now I'm 25 and it's always rather wavy when I grow it out. A friend of mine who is a licensed cosmetologist (no less pretentious way of putting it; she doesn't do hair for a living right now) says this kind of change is common for men even into their 20's.

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