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Artist: David Bowie


Life On Mars
David Bowie

It's a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling "No"
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
For she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It's on Amerikas tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It's about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?
Comments/Interpretations
by Hillery on 5/17/2008 8:24pm
Yay! David Bowie!
by Jolly Rodger on 6/18/2008 10:38am
I love this song. Thanks for the lyrics guys.
by OWNSTER 17 on 6/24/2008 4:18pm
my fav bowie song ever thx
by CytrOn on 7/8/2008 8:17pm
Love it love it Love it!

Thank you David
by wee wee on 7/11/2008 7:59am
yeah it was minted
by ak on 7/13/2008 3:20am
that is a cool song
by marco on 7/19/2008 1:48pm
che significato ha? questa canzone? è indecifrabile
by Vloob on 8/15/2008 4:25pm
Yes, there is.
by Adam on 8/17/2008 12:28pm
This song is sweet! David Bowie is the best!!!
by Peter on 9/5/2008 5:57am
Isn't it "Lenin" rather than "Lennon?"
by mama elvis on 10/21/2008 2:38pm
now I am a believer....! i always had a hunch there is LIFE ON MARS
by Too Tink 4 U on 10/23/2008 4:25pm
He was friend's with Lennon (as in John). They co-wrote Fame and Golden Years.
by stewart on 11/3/2008 1:30pm
from the best album ever made
by bennyhill on 12/2/2008 9:08am
fabulous song but strange lyrics, anyone gets them?
by Darlenx on 12/17/2008 10:44pm
Woot, this song rocks. I love the British T.V. show they use it in - Life on Mars.
by Chizzy (yep stupid name, i know) on 1/9/2009 12:32am
Man i love this song!! its pretty much the story of my life. i even have the mousy hair!! BOWIE FOR LIFE!!
by Petunia on 1/22/2009 4:39pm
I grew up on bowie, my mother one of his biggest fans. i didnt appreciate his music back then, but i love it now. he's an icon and set the bar for so many artists. to bennyhill- if you read the lyrics, you'll understand them. they make a lot of sense :)
by user on 2/7/2009 4:31am
best lyrics/ but what's mean "lennon" ???
by peter on 7/12/2009 8:57am
great lyrics
by matthew on 8/8/2009 5:45pm
its about a girl who has an affair gets kicked out of her house,looks for her "lover" but hes no where to be found so she goes to the cinema and watches movies which bore her...

Great song guys ty 4 lyrics

Respect to Bowie he may be a Druggie but hes a good Druggie
by M on 9/28/2009 1:32pm
It's about the shallowness of materialist, consumerist culture in the face of the real problems in people's lives.
by megadethfan on 10/12/2009 12:34pm
i didnt get the lyrcis
by xris on 12/17/2009 6:14pm
Lennon/Lenin - wondered since the 70a
by xris on 12/17/2009 6:24pm
Lennon/Lenin - wondered since 70s -cheers
by tom on 1/23/2010 12:21am
great lyrics made a great tv show
by Candice Carvalho on 2/10/2010 7:30am
David Bowie
I love love love love you so much...
by bleh on 3/4/2010 6:43pm
ftw
by angel on 3/11/2010 5:14pm
David you are unique - pls come back on stage!
by angela on 8/11/2010 12:22am
David,

Have you considered the notion to be the next America Idol judge? I,as many others would tune in to see you and your ideas. I have never watched it before but if you would be a judge I would never miss an episode, you are the eptitome of of performance art.
My daughter,age nine,can recite all the songs from your stellar collection of Greatest hits. All her friends from 3yrs to 13yrs come to our home and request your music far beyond Lady Gaga,Jonas', Miley,Usher,Beyonce et al.
Come on Mr.David Bowie, we all want to see you, we love you, you
ROCK IN THE USA
by dok13 on 12/8/2010 4:00pm
Lennon/Lenin, both. It's a double meaning.
by LUNA on 10/3/2011 on 3/10/2011 2:12pm
I've heard this song over and over again.Only David B could perform it this way...
by Emily on 7/10/2011 11:11am
@user 2 years later but... Lennon was a musician
by KEVP on 7/18/2011 8:26am
I think the first half is fairly straightforward. The girl with the mousey hair has a date, her mother doesn't approve but her father does. But when she gets to the movie, her friend (boyfriend I assume) has stood her up, she watches the film alone. But the film is pretty much like everything else that Hollywood churns out. (The sailors, cavemen, lawman of the chorus are the things in the movie, it's a freaky, bestselling show)

Second half is a little tougher. The entertainment industry has gone to heck (Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow.) People are seeking fame instead of following the ideas of Lenin/Lennon. Hordes of tourists all go to the typical tourist destinations (Ibiza & Norfolk Broads). The movies are all the same plots recycled over and over again.

So the singer (and probably the mousey haired girl) wonder if this is it, or if there is another world somewhere. Is there life on Mars?
by Samina on 1/1/2012 4:03pm
The best song eveeeer!

(I am from sweden...)

Den bästa sånger föreviiiigt! <3
by Rachel S on 4/18/2012 2:34am
I think the girl got pregnant. Dad wanted her out. Her dreams of a lovely future out the window.
Chorus & 2nd verse, refers to the world in the 70's unions, working class,America & it's wacky notions, policing & how those times affected us all.Life on Mars....is there something better out there?
by Barbara43 on 8/21/2012 3:08am
My favorite song from my favorite Bowie album. I love reading everyones interpritations (sp) of the meaning. Keep em coming!*!*
by B.Young on 10/8/2014 9:51pm
Just saw this sung on "American Horror Story, Freak Show" 1st episode and couldn't remember where I had heard it before...
by earlysecond on 10/13/2014 1:12pm
B.Young,
I did the exact same thing, from the time the song was performed during the HS first episode until it was over, I was attempting to determine whose song it was so much it distracted my attention.
by Liliana on 10/24/2014 2:08pm
I love you David


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