What does Lady Stardust mean?

David Bowie: Lady Stardust Meaning

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Lady Stardust Lyrics

People stared at the makeup on his face
Laughed at his long black hair, his animal grace
The boy in the bright blue jeans
Jumped up on the stage
And lady stardust sang his songs
Of darkness and disgrace

And he was alright, the band was...

  1. anonymous
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    Mar 5th 2019 !⃝

    Actually the song is about Bowie’s good friend and lead singer of T. rex marc bolon. Bowie even said so himself that he wrote it about him.

  2. Ziggy
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    Sep 12th 2016 !⃝

    I always thought it was about this gay teen,
    who was not afraid to be himself, no matter
    how many people think it's wrong. I think
    Bowie wrote this song about himself as a teenager.

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 29th 2016 !⃝

    This song is similar to Roberta Flack's Killing me softly with his song. Bowie is at a concert where he is overcome by his feelings for a young male singer "with make up on his face...his long black hair, his animal grace. The boy in the bright blue jeans jumped up on the stage and Lady Stardust sang his songs of darkness and disgrace". Bowie's feelings here are clearly gay and he indicated he's not the only one "boys stand on chairs to make their point of view. I sigh sadly for a love I could not obey". The song contrasts strongly with Suffragette City and John I'm Only Dancing from the same album in which he is actively in a gay relationship and pushing the limits of his boyfriends love by having sex or dancing with women.


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