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.