David Bowie Is Dead, But “Lazarus” Lives On

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Originally Written January 11, 2016

David Bowie, one of my idols, is dead. Apparently he had been secretly fighting cancer for 18 months. He had just dropped his new album Blackstar last week.

His latest music video, “Lazarus”—which was released only a few days ago—showed him in a limbo state between writhing in a hospital bed and at a desk writing something of great importance to him. Under his bed is a dark, ominous figure that reaches up.

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Suddenly Bowie—Lazarus, like the Biblical figure resurrected by Jesus—is finally free from the bed, with a seemingly “second wind” of energy. Then he carefully climbs inside an ornately-carved standing wardrobe.

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I remember watching that and getting this really deep feeling that something was “up”—that this was more than just a music video, but some sort of shamanic ritual to assist him—and his loved ones & fans—with the processing of his transition to the next stage of existence.

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