This is perhaps one of the best David Bowie songs that I’ve ever heard … recorded in 1998, but never released. Written by Dylan.
While out at school in California, I got to see David Bowie at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. It was 1976. Got my tickets from the Army MWR Center. 8th row from the stage! Whether luck or whatnot, what great seats. I don’t remember the cost of the tickets, but didn’t have a lot of money back then. Was just an E-3/Private First Class. Whatever I paid was a pittance … so my luck, or David Bowie’s generosity to the military, was much appreciated.
Tryin’ To Get To Heaven (Dylan): this song was featured only on a promotional CD for an upcoming album ‘Hours’ … but did not make it to the final album. The track was released online by a Catalan radio station.
It appears that back in 1998, Dylan had just released the song on his own new album. Bowie loved it and recorded it. Whatever Bowie’s intent with the song was, at least we got to hear it.
A strange but thematically related song is Bowie’s ‘Death’ from a few years earlier, 1995.
Listen to these songs several times and it makes you feel too damned introspective. So let’s remember David Bowie for the ever changing creative creature that he was … from his very beginning.
BTW — Am feeling healthy and just plain super. These songs are just songs. Nothing more.
Iraq … =^( … Sad … A wise man once said: If you break it you own it.
++ Put it out with the other broken stuff. Let someone else haul it away. Don’t look at the stuff until it is gone. It will just break your heart.
++ Try to superglue it back together. It will be uglier than ugly … but … nah, not a good idea.Everything for 800 miles in any direction is a bad neighborhood. Always has been. Always will be.
++ Play Olympian Gods: Hit the mortals with lightning bolts. If they assume that Mount Olympus is really angry then the mortals may play nice. Must be prepared to play God indefinitely. (It’s not like the place has been rebuilt since the last time we played God.) Must assume that mortals that believe that they will become martyrs will need convincing with LOTS of lightning bolts for several decades.
++ Create a ‘No Shit Zone’. This is also playing God. Develop a short list of 10 or less ‘Thou shall/shall not’ for the locals; promise a jobs creation plan for Americans at home (after getting them to work for less) for the endless production of lightning bolts. Besides, Israel has already shown that if you play really rough you can expend all of your lightning rods pretty damn quickly … this could create lots of jobs … although the result will be that we will increase by a factor of 300% the number of young kids that swear that once they grow up then they’ll be back to avenge their family.
No shit: Playing God ain’t what it used to be since the locals got the same weapons that we have. Just wait until China sells them a tactical Iron Dome. Jar Jar Binks … we need you buddy!
More than super cool. I want to be a Fuji apple tree … or a nice Bartlett pear.
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