What does Starman mean?

David Bowie: Starman Meaning

Album cover for Starman album cover

Song Released: 1972

Starman Lyrics

Didn't know what time it was and the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin' down some rock 'n' roll 'lotta soul,
he said

Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase

  1. anonymous
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    May 14th, 17:35 !⃝

    This is clearly a metaphor for anyone struggling with their sexuality in a strict homophobic environment.

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2023 !⃝

    Bowie is mocking the religious zealots who are against sex, drugs and rock n roll. The preachers claimed that sex, drugs and rock n roll were sinful. God told them so because they have some secret insight into God’s mind. Bowie counters this with a message of his own, not from God but from Starman.

    Like God, the Starman only reveals his insight to one person. His excuse that he thinks he will blow our minds is just as valid as whatever religious nonsense people use to claim exclusive knowledge.

    Unlike God who hates sex, drugs and rock n roll, the Starman encourages these. Let the children lose it - lose virginity. Let the children use it - use drugs to expand your minds. Let the children boogie - sing and dance.

    He ends the song just teasing the religious goofballs - la, la, la, la.

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 25th 2012 !⃝

    A belif in greater life forms in space, presumably benevilent. Because of humanitys ignorance of humans about aliens the "starman" can't reveal himself. Ultimately its a song about hope and faith.

    David Bowie is a true great

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 5th 2008 !⃝

    This is part of the Ziggy Stardust story. A young boy hears Ziggy on the radio preaching the word of the interglactic starman.

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