Bowie, David - Life On Mars? Lyrics




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

[Chorus:]
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 America's 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 Ibiza 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

[Chorus]

Dring-dring-dring.

(Mind the phone)





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Bowie, David Life On Mars? Comments
  1. Victor Rafael

    Aún duele que se allá ido

  2. Nikki Snel Art

    That's music. That's art. That's pure and David Bowie is such an inspirational person. Musicians of nowadays lost music's pure spirit. Now it's just non-deep rap songs about drugs without emotion or a good melody

  3. Chinese Chigga77

    Who listening to 2020?

    Darren Smith

    Me. Can't believe he's been gone for almost 4yrs...

    Deep Heat

    OH please! Let's not have another year of that shitty comment every 5 minutes!

  4. Sharon Thomas

    2020 are we still love and listen to David Bowie.x

  5. Yass BG

    This video really disturbs me for some reason but the song Is great

  6. Roland Hersan

    The judgement is: Masterpiece.......

  7. hee hee

    1:03 creeper

  8. Gary 65

    Sometimes when I watch this man I suddenly realise what we have lost.

  9. Bruno Estefano

    January of 2020?

  10. Clive Jones

    When we get to Mars, we'll be greeted by Bowie and he'll ask "What took you so long?" as Life on Mars plays in the background...

  11. gilda gabrielli

    Ma ha due occhi diversi uno con la pupilla dilatata e l' iride azzurra e altra dilatatissima e con l'iride verde pero per il resto e molto bella la canzone

  12. Axl Winkler

    Mein Leben , mein coming out, meine Musik , mein Star .nun bist du tot und ich alt, War eine geile Zeit mit uns

  13. Razan Playz

    Who here is watching in 2019?

    Razan Playz

    Cause I am ://

    Deep Heat

    Oh please! Let's not have another year of that shitty comment every 5 minutes!

    VimWolf

    2020 Now

  14. Who's here one last before 2020

  15. stalkself

    AHS Story

  16. timothy hammond

    Rip 😭😭😭😭

  17. Denis Silva

    31/12/2019 and forever...

  18. ju vandal

    My tribute to life on mars..didn't know how to share it (or even if I'm allowed to do that but still....no pain no gain :-)!! happy 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXp4hRwpTlA

  19. Rom Krasko

    no one:
    idiots tomorrow: who else is listening to this in 2020?

    Esmeralda Jazmín Villasmil Sosa

    well, i'm listening in 2020

    Tyrael Goo

    @Esmeralda Jazmín Villasmil Sosa Same

  20. This Sucks

    How the hell is that considered his best song? It's a throwaway album track at best.

    Deep Heat

    It's a great song. Probably one of the first to get me into Rock music almost 50 years ago now. 2000+ albums & a few zillion individual songs that rattle around my head later I still consider it a classic. The guy was no "one trick pony" dude he was sawing genius off by the yard for a period back in the day.

    Marcus Of Rome

    Wrong opinion @This Sucks

    This Sucks

    @Marcus Of Rome: Wrong use of the word wrong.

    This Sucks

    @Deep Heat: I never said he was a "one trick pony". I'm saying this isn't a great finished product by him.

    Deep Heat

    @This Sucks

    OK... I like it & it is fairly universally recognised by critics as a great track... You don't like it...that's cool!

  21. Vondan Talingting

    Funny enough that this song was actually his revenge on Sinatra's My Way. You can find odd similarities in the first chord progression before it breaks into something unique, there's even a video about it!

  22. Carole Burris

    He didn't t die, he just went back home

  23. Martin Erskine

    I was there and it was great, I was sold and not conned!

  24. Gati

    big brain moiras

  25. i love moonbyul

    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 America's 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 Ibiza 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?

  26. carlo delarosa

    American horror story

  27. La reine du monde

    Did anybody else notice that Bowie’s eyes look different from each other in this video???

    Maruka1

    In all the videos. And photographs. And album covers. That's how he looked.

    Clive Jones

    One of his eyes had a permanently diluted pupil due to a fight with his best friend over a girl when he was a teenager. They operated on his eye three times to save his vision. It has the appearance that he had two different coloured eyes but he didn't.

    La reine du monde

    Thank you guys for explaining this!!

  28. Komi waifu

    David Bowie on puberty?

  29. Antony Stringfellow

    Remember this song so well.
    It had a big effect on me, back in my childhood.
    I can also remember his final words on the vinyl single (just after the phone ringing),
    "Can I have a glass of water, please?"

  30. Tulyan D.

    Jovem Nerd me trouxe aqui!!!

  31. SunnyDiamond

    Why were on of his eyes dialed and the other not?

    Maruka1

    He explains it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAy5VFfiRKo

  32. Texas Boy

    This song is a timeless masterpiece. It's one of the best songs ever composed!

  33. James Martinez

    Who’s here from AHS freak show

  34. rachele moscato

    1-Life in Mars?
    2-Starman
    3-Space Oddity

    Deep Heat

    Space was a big thing back in the day with the Moon shot & what have you.

  35. GRIMZLY

    when we make it to mars we should build him a memorial

    Clive Jones

    Don't forget that Elon Musk and SpaceX has already sent "Starman" into space with this tune playing.

  36. Raiane Sousa

    Coisa esquisita da Porra

  37. UBZUKKI

    Eternally awesome

  38. Bill Badford

    Orchestration courtesy Mick Ronson.

  39. Dona Masi

    GRANDISSIMO MI MANCHI💗 RIP TI AMO

    rachele moscato

    Finalmente qualcuno italiano

    Dona Masi

    rachele moscato SONO DI FIRENZE 💜

  40. Gabriel Hernández

    "life on mars ain't just a song"
    LANA DEL REY

  41. Andrew Pidlnypyj

    A classic

  42. Jonathan Beckham

    The song, video, and performer are brilliant on 15 levels. It's magic.

  43. lucalone

    that are no contact lenses.

    that were his real eyes!
    Amazing!

  44. Kalle K

    The first song played on Mars may well have been "Life on Earth?", written and performed by a very talented Martian some four billion years ago 😉.

  45. patricia de barros

    È come dite voi siete interessati a questo solo per capire se esistono civiltà più educata e di voi ma basta osservare anche i ratti quelli veri non quelli sostituiti in forma umana...

  46. patricia de barros

    No non c'è vita su Marte patetici coglioni Marte è un pianeta che serve nel sistema solare per far funzionare la vostra merdosa vita sul mio pianeta.... Ma la cosa non vi basta mai..... Dico bene genere umano o sapiens sapiens.... Aspetta che mi devo ricordare perché vi o confinati se non altro la cosa mi consola quando sono in mezzo a voi💀☠️😈🤶🧞👽🛸

  47. Pipe Mora jacome

    Bowie, the best

  48. PiotrMaslowski

    3,2K people don't believe there is life on mars

  49. eee-eee-clap-clap

    There's a clue on Disney...Mickey Mouse grew-up a cow. A cash-cow! They bought FOX this year!


    This song was a jab to Paul Anka since David Bowie was gonna re-write the song "Comme D'habitude" but they chose Anka's lyrics over Bowie's.


    And though Sinatra was anti-rock...he'd probably choose "Life on Mars" over "My Way" because he hated the latter!

  50. jose fernandez

    David bowie: Bizarrely elegant.

    Anna Spann

    and elegantly bizarre

    jose fernandez

    @Anna Spann Both are good i think. By the way, Happy new year 2020!

    Anna Spann

    @jose fernandez Both are exquisite, indeed! A happy new year to you as well 🖤

  51. nigger faggot

    Song feels like 2 minutes weird

  52. Sofi Pinatti

    Aurora took me here

    Deep Heat

    "Brought."

    Pebrian

    Aurora's cover is amazing ngl

  53. Edo Tutnauer

    David Bowie is the Starman who lives on Mars ❤

  54. OnixTV

    Guys David Bowie didn’t die he made it to Mars.

    SylkaChan

    👽 In the afterlife, Mars has spirits for all living things on Earth, but Venus wants to fake it by making us see colors like a butterfly in a dream to think it's the 5th dimension. 👽

    Deep Heat

    He will die there though.....

    Carlie ?!?

    Bro yes

    La Maza

    Jeeeeees

  55. patricia de barros

    Non cercate troppo la mia reazione 👽🧞🛸

  56. patricia de barros

    E ora vi ricordate??? Il perché David Bowie si è stato uno dei primi e semplice basta osservare le sue canzoni...in verità voleva essere un messaggio ben preciso al genere umano per cui fu uno dei primi ad abbandonare il suolo 👽🧞🛸

    Invalid Entidy

    I dont speak spanish

  57. patricia de barros

    In quel tempo il divino ammirava dall'alto della sua inferiorità l'evoluzione con tutto ciò che comporta m... Poiché all'alba di ogni tempo il genere umano venne confinato sul pianeta terra... Fu così che il divino stesso generò la specie umana.... Imbriglio sul pianeta terra le sue parti peggiori... E fece sì che il pianeta Terra fosse imbrigliato nello stesso spazio e tempo.... Poiché era inevitabile osservare gli effetti dell'incontro tra il divino e il genere umano.... Il divino stesso inizio a riscuotere idoli costruzioni e vite... Così un bel giorno inizio a guardare opere e i Doni principali del sapiens sapiens ossia del genere umano... David Bowie e fu uno dei primi a lasciare il pianeta secondo volontà divina....per una settimana circa il divino osservo il suo operato ossia musiche e film di uno dei tanti idoli Mondiali del sapiens sapiens o genere umano.... E sotto il groviglio di algoritmi che vantavano come evoluzione...David Bowie dopo una settimana che il Divin osservava il suo operato lascio il pianeta Terra....👽🧞🛸

  58. Polarity Reversed

    He did it his way

  59. chargebolt kaminari

    his music will live on... i miss him but he'll always be remembered

  60. First name Last name

    why is this pitched slightly lower than the album version

  61. Takeo Masaki

    Such a great song, I love the Jessica cover too.

  62. Randy Kourvelas

    Send the 3.2k into a pit and light them on fire.

    Deep Heat

    They must already be in some sort of musical Hell.....

  63. CrStrifey

    I know such lists are impossible to put together, but if such a list for the greatest songs of all time did exist, this one should definitely be on it. It is so unique musically speaking; it doesn't do as expected or follow a predictable pattern and yet is somehow as catchy as any pop tune ever. Lyrically speaking, it's thought provoking, a little acerbic with its misanthropy, a little playful and nonchalant, and has that punchy staccato quality not unlike moonage daydream that gives each line its own importance.

  64. Andres Elizondo231

    Why does it feel like it’s on slow-mo?

    Kozkan

    It's not slowmo, but the pitch is ever slightly lower than the album version

  65. Christopher Barnhart

    I couldn't give this more thumbs up. So I hope Bowie's legacy lives in us. Happy everything, love who you become, and good luck to everybody!!

  66. Plantoid

    Mickey Mouse has grown up a .....cow?

    Deep Heat

    @Riccardo Raccis

    Well everyone is welcome to an opinion but to make a definitive statement is a bit arrogant in my book?

    I grew up about 20 miles from the guy and have been listening to his work for probably the best part of 50 years now and my reading is that it doesn't really have any meaning. I don't know if you are aware of the writing style that Bowie used to use the basically he would cut up random sentences and then rearrange them to make some semblance of a narrative and this was one of those songs.

    Riccardo Raccis

    Deep Heat It’s called cut-up. Will Burroughs did it too. It uses chaos as an inspiration but the choice is never random or meaningless. If you think this song is random, you’ve been listening to it the wrong way.

    Deep Heat

    @Riccardo Raccis

    Well a bit like with the bible you can interpret meanings in anyway I suppose. I don't think there is any reference to Bowie giving a definitive take on what the song is about and I've even read conjecture on here if the line is "Lennon, Lenin or lemons" all of which to an ear that has been tuned to a London accent for 57 years seem feasible.

    Riccardo Raccis

    Deep Heat It’s Lennon, read the description in this very video.
    Of course you can read whatever you want in the song, but I assure you Bowie himself had his own idea. The author always knows what it’s about. It’s never random. Subjectivism is for defeatists.

    Deep Heat

    @Riccardo Raccis

    But for most songs & even Bowie works like "Heroes" you can go online & get explanations of the songs from their writers. The album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust" is actually autobiographical!

    You won't get any definitive explanation for this, I think it is what it sounds a jumbled up collection of thoughts or sentences.....

  67. Me and I

    This has to be the mulletiest mullet that ever mulleted.

    The Joker

    @I'm a Goner I'm glad you understand things @I'm a Goner, I think we're all glad of that.

    Take care my good friend❤️

    This Sucks

    It's not your typical Kentucky waterfall hairdo. I doubt he could've sported that in Chawbacon County in 1971.

    This Sucks

    @The Joker: You are so intolerant of those of us who identify as mouth breathers.

    The Joker

    @This Sucks To be fair you are totally correct. I can't stand mouth breathers, or window lickers, or bicycle seat sniffers, or crayon eaters.
    I don't like mullets either. Unless David Bowie is sporting one that is.

    *Also:* Jeffrey Epstein is still dead 👍🎉🍾


    Take care my good friend 🐮🐽🖤😽

  68. Mariano Pietrangeli

    David Bowie tocca l'apoteosi con life on mars una canzone INDIMENTICABILE

  69. Scombs 654

    C'mon Hollywood, you've done Freddie and Elton. Where's David?

    Beta Omega

    I think Jessica Lange has been too busy to fill the role!

    Kozkan

    @One With The Gold legit shut the fuck up

    Kozkan

    I remember hearing of one being in the works, but apparently none of his songs will be in it

    SpookyClyde

    Hell no, Hollywood can stay away.

    renato villatoro

    He'll have his movie next year. It'll be called Stardust.

  70. Bob Thornton

    Why are his eyes dilated differently?

    Maruka1

    He was injured in a fight, and his left pupil got stuck in the open position. The other reacted normally to light, so the difference was very obvious under stage or studio lighting. Some people thought he had one blue eye and one brown one, but it was really just the enlarged pupil that made one look darker.

    Deep Heat

    *Well! What happened is.....* Oh it's Christmas & I can't be bothered!..... Seasons greetings *Maruka* BTW!

    Maruka1

    @Deep Heat Same to you!

  71. OMG HE CAN DRAW

    Barbie- blue eyeshadow
    Bowie- "Girl please"

  72. subiectum

    Bis zur Unendlichkeit

  73. Silvia Compagnucci

    Ti adoro.

  74. FECK! If I Know

    I grow up in the 70's seeing this it was not right. But I grow up in Belfast nothing was right. United Ireland is the way to go.

  75. Noisy Space

    Great song!! The chord progression, piano and voice in this song sounds excellent.

  76. Hello Der

    Rip you will never be forgotten.

  77. Jacek wodzyński

    wspaniale,mozna sluchac godzinami

  78. thatonedrewguy

    Wow, he was certainly right about Mickey Mouse.

  79. Fatos Reais

    Um thank you do Brasil para
    David Bowie🇧🇷➰

  80. Alessandro Sappia

    If you're here, you already know.

  81. Tomilica //

    Elon Musk should play this song on Mars just like Chris Hadfield played Space Oddity

    The Perfidy of Pop

    yep --- wait--- this song will never be forgotten - I am quite sure

  82. lewis green

    Irreplaceable. A time gone. England doesn’t produce talent like this anymore..

    Deep Heat

    @Deathstrike 19781

    It is a little esoteric. I think it comes from the Navy when they used to keep food edible by "salting" it.

    Deathstrike 19781

    @Deep Heat I have total respect of you have been in the navy I did not know what it ment but it's ok now :)

    Deep Heat

    @Deathstrike 19781

    LOL! I have never been in the Navy!

    Happy Christmas & love & respect from the UK!

    Deathstrike 19781

    @Deep Heat im from the UK XD only the British make the best music happy holidays XD

    Deep Heat

    @Deathstrike 19781

    *100%* but it seems the world is very reticent to notice or acknowledge that!

    Sorry for getting your nationality wrong but have a great couple of days anyways & lay off the "salt" on yer turkey!

  83. Mona Lmpch

    "Life On Mars?"

    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

    [Chorus:]
    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 America's 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 Ibiza 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

    [Chorus]

    Dring-dring-dring.

    (Mind the phone)

  84. Nongkran Saenno

    Space Tesla:
    Now playing:David Bowie-Life on Mars

  85. Oscar Crisostomo

    El hijo de chuki es cantante?

  86. Nigel Tufnel

    Saw him do this live with Adrian Belew in 1990. Small venue. Felt like the building was lifting off the ground. First stop of the tour. He came out and said I hope we are alright. Starman.

  87. Richard Barton

    A very British record by a great British Artist.... greatly missed.

    Deep Heat

    We are not allowed to say that... apparently.....

  88. Wade Kingston

    Not just a musical genius, but also an artistic visionary. Think of this: Bowie made this stunning video long before there were outlets for it. MTV was many years in the future, and the Internet was decades away. Remarkable. Aren't we glad he took the trouble?

    Maruka1

    Years later, he became the first major-label artist to release an album by digital download.

  89. G breeze

    David Bowie is a God

  90. Petra Jones

    Honestly an iconic makeup look

  91. Gie iero

    Ahs freakshow

  92. MARS KUNDAN PARIYAR

    LOVELYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  93. Myles Reid

    this song hits didferent every time

  94. pierre _stéphane

    My teeth are whiter than Davids. But i was born in 1986 and im a smelly bastard so thats cheating😂😂😂

    Deep Heat

    Still.....

    Maruka1

    Bet you don't smoke as much either. Very few people do anymore.

  95. Hippie Whovian

    This music video is amazing! It's so simple, so how can it be so perf- * sees it's done by Mick Rock * oh I see

  96. yumi gem

    "Sir we're on a low budget all we have is some makeup and a white room"
    "Just put Bowie in there and zoom in on his face it'll be fine"

    sophia Marie

    Don’t forget the extra extra bright lighting

    yumi gem

    @sophia Marie they're also standing right next to the sun how could I forget