Just try and make it through "Life on Mars" without tearing up

By Alex Heigl
January 11, 2016 10:45 AM
Masayoshi Sukita

Monday morning, the world woke up from its collective Golden Globes hangover to find out that David Bowie had died at 69. Obviously, nothing about this is okay, so we’re going to work through this the only way we really can: by watching old videos and weeping stoically at our desks.

Join us.

‘Life on Mars’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “Wonder if he’ll ever know / He’s in the best-selling show / Is there life on Mars?”

‘Ashes to Ashes’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “I’ve heard a rumor from Ground Control / Oh no, don’t say it’s true / They got a message from the Action Man ‘I’m happy, hope you’re happy too / I’ve loved all I’ve needed to love / Sordid details following.’ ”

‘Changes’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “I watch the ripples change their size / But never leave the stream of warm impermanence and / So the days float through my eyes, but still the days seem the same.”

‘Modern Love’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “I catch a paper boy / But things don’t really change / I’m standing in the wind / But I never wave bye-bye / But I try, I try.”

‘The Jean Genie’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “He’s outrageous, he screams and he bawls / The Jean Genie, let yourself go.”

‘Heroes’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: Probably the whole thing, but mostly the second verse. “I can remember standing by the wall / And the guns shot above our heads / And we kissed as though nothing could fall / And the shame was on the other side / Oh we can beat them, forever and ever / Then we could be heroes, just for one day.”

‘Young Americans’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “Ain’t there one damn song that can make me break down and cry?”

‘Space Oddity’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “Though I’m past 100,000 miles / I’m feeling very still, and I think my spaceship knows which way to go / Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows.”

‘Under Pressure’ (Technically a Queen Song, but Whatever)

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word / And love dares you to care for / The people on the edge of the night / And love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves / This is our last dance / This is ourselves, under pressure.”

‘Ziggy Stardust’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “He took it all too far / But boy could he play guitar.”

‘Drive-In Saturday’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “She’s uncertain if she likes him / But she knows she really loves him / It’s a crash course for the ravers / It’s a drive-in Saturday.”

‘Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “See these eyes so green / I can stare for a thousand years / Just be still with me / You wouldn’t believe what I’ve been through.”

‘Moonage Daydream’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe / Put your ray gun to my head / Press your space face close to mine, love / Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!”

‘Be My Wife’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “Sometimes you get so lonely / Sometimes you get nowhere / I’ve lived all over the world / I’ve left every place.”

‘Five Years’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “I never thought I’d need so many people.”

‘Rebel Rebel’

Most Poignant Lyrics to Hear Today: “Hey babe, your hair’s all right / Hey babe, let’s stay out tonight / You like me, and I like it all / We like dancing and we look divine.”

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