What does Blackstar mean?

David Bowie: Blackstar Meaning

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Album cover for Blackstar album cover

Song Released: 2015

Blackstar Lyrics

In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle, ah ah, ah ah
In the centre of it all, in the centre of it all
Your eyes

On the day of execution, on the day of execution
Only women kneel and smile, ah ah, ah ah

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2021 !⃝

    The song is about a terrorist group, more specifically ISIS. ISIS members dress in black and wave black flags; they were also obsessed with getting media attention and becoming "stars" in order to attract more people to their cause. This is the origin of Bowie's term "blackstar." The terrorist motif also shows up with the references to executions, and to people taking your "sedatives and booze" (since fundamentalist Islam bans alcohol and drugs). With the line about the "villa of Ormen" Bowie references an oil field off the coast of Norway with that name. He's saying that this place is "at the center of it all." What he means is that the quest to find and exploit oil is at the center of how the world works right now, and more specifically is the root cause of violence and terrorism in the Middle East.

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2016 !⃝

    BLACKSTAR is a ''DogOn'' great song with a ''brilliant diamond'' shine behind it. This was one of the last songs by the legendary DAVID BOWIE, before his death and his soul rising. Reminding some of us to where we've been and to where some of us might be going. After that certain individual who by the sacred rituals made the ultimate last sacrifice for all to see, according to the song and video that is.

  3. 101Lyrics
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    Apr 19th 2016 !⃝

    Blackstar, David's most recent song, is about the villa of ormen where a man is being executed. In the music video, he is being put on a cross, and has a mask over his head. Everyone watches it happen, ("all the women kneel and smile"). He was about to be killed when someone stood up and put himself to be executed instead, and cried "I'm a Blackstar."
    The Blackstar says that he wants the person who was going to be executed to go home- but with him. This implies that somehow, the Blackstar will survive and escape. All the Blackstar says is that he's a Blackstar, and shows that no other explanation is needed besides that. ("I'm a blackstar, I'm not a gangster," etc.)

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