DAVID BOWIE : MOVE ON [LODGER, 1979]

Κατά ένα ενδιαφέροντα τρόπο, ούτε αυτό εδώ το τραγούδι του Bowie είναι από τα πιο γνωστά του. Κατά την πτωχή μου άποψη είναι συγκλονιστικό.
Πρόσθετο ενδιαφέρον, και πλάκα, έχει το βίντεο [βλ. κάτω] για την ύπαρξή του οποίου με είχε ενημερώσει προ ετών ο stcigar. Όπως ακούγεται εδώ, το ρεφρέν του
“Move on” έχει προκύψει διά της αντιστροφής του ρεφρέν του “All The Young Dudes” που ο DB είχε γράψει για τους Mott The Hoople.

Interestingly, neither this Bowie song is one of his most well-known. To my humble opinion it is breathtaking.
An additional and fun element has to do with the video below [stcigar informed me about it some years ago]. As someone can hear,
“Move On”’s refrain has occurred as an inversion of another song’ s refrain: “All The Young Dudes”, written by DB for Mott The Hoople.

Sometimes I feel
The need to move on
So I pack a bag
And move on
Move on
Well I might take a train
Or sail at dawn
Might take a girl
When I move on
When I move on
Somewhere, someone’s calling me
And when the chips are down
I’m just a travelling man
Maybe it’s just a trick of the mind, but
Somewhere there’s a morning sky
Bluer than her eyes
Somewhere there’s an ocean
Innocent and wild
Africa is sleepy people
Russia has its horsemen
Spent some nights in old Kyoto
Sleeping on the matted ground
Cyprus is my island
When the going’s rough
I would love to find you
Somewhere in a place like that
Somewhere, someone’s calling me
And when the chips are down
I stumble like a blind man
Can’t forget you
Can’t forget you
Feeling like a shadow
Drifting like a leaf
I stumble like a blind man
Can’t forget you
Can’t forget you
Can’t forget you
Can’t forget you


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7 Comments

  1. trentpmcd January 9, 2021 at 3:35 am

    Wow, I didn’t know that about this song. As we discussed recently, I wonder how much Bowie hid in his music!

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    1. Oannes January 9, 2021 at 10:12 am

      …As a “Bowie scholar” I can assure you: a hell of a lot – especially in his lyrics. Even the ones of a seemingly innocent song like “Let’s Dance”, for example. The “serious moonlight”, is actually the …Sirius moonlight. And there is this line from Aleister Crowley’s poem “Lyric Of Love To Leah” : “Come my love, let us dance to the moon and Sirius”.
      I could write a book about Bowie’s cryptic writings – as a matter of fact I’ve done it [a great part of it anyway].

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      1. trentpmcd January 9, 2021 at 3:10 pm

        Maybe you should compile that book and try to publish it. I’m sure a lot of people would want to read it.

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        1. Oannes January 9, 2021 at 5:52 pm

          Oh, I should …if we were living in different times.
          In times like these, the conclusions that are inevitably drawn from the data, about the role Bowie played in certain plans of a certain elite, could be “dangerous” for the one who draws them. I intend to keep it for better days. Thank you for the encouraging advice!

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  2. Resa January 11, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Wonderful tribute! I love all the songs. I know/heard a lot of Bowie’s music over the years. Yet, It is only recently I became respectful fan.
    The songs you presented are not so known to me.
    Thank you!

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    1. Oannes January 15, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      They’re three of my favorite songs of his. Especially “Time” is the first thing I heard of him, at the age of 12. Haunting stuff!

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      1. Resa January 16, 2021 at 7:51 pm

        He was definitely special… gifted in a pop culture way. The more I hear, the more I like!

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