“Lazarus,” a track described as “well-reviewed” by Entertainment Weekly as a “gorgeous song-Frankenstein strung together,” features the late music legend confined to a hospital bed with dirty gauze covering his eyes.
Bowie’s passing was revealed on Sunday in a message to fans on social media which read, in part, “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.”
Blackstar, his 25th studio album – which features “Lazarus” – was released on Friday, Bowie’s 69th birthday.
Tony Visconti, a producer who has worked with the singer since the 1969 album Space Oddity, called the album Bowie’s “parting gift.”
“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,” Visconti wrote on Facebook early Monday.
“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 was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry,” the producer wrote.
“Lazarus” lyrics include “Look up here/ I’m in heaven/ I’ve got scars that can’t be seen.”
In the video, Bowie appears distraught and shakes as he wrestles around in the drab bed sheets. He levitates briefly just after a disembodied hand creeps toward him from beneath the bed frame.
“This way or no way,” he sings. “You know, I’ll be free.
The video ends with a different Bowie, clad in a white striped ensemble, retreating into a wardrobe and closing the doors.
Lazarus is the name of a biblical figure that was revived after death. The term is also often used to denote the restoration of life.