SONG OF THE WEEK: "The Man Who Sold The World" by David Bowie (1970)

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This week we've got a comparatively contentious entry: Is this or is this not a science fiction song? Some say yes, others - mostly dead-eyed Nirvana fans who didn't realize it was a cover - say no. For those who say yea, the song is thought to be an hommage to Robert Heinlein's story, "The Man Who Sold The Moon." For those who say nay, it's just a bunch of random eliptical lyrics that probably don't mean much of anything as The Thin White Duke was taking a lot of drugs in those days. And almost undoubtedly reading a lot of science fiction while taking the drugs. Really, it could go either way. Here's the lyrics, and you can decide for yourself:

We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when
Although I wasn't there, he said I was his friend
Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone, a long long time ago

Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With The Man Who Sold The World

I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back home
I searched for form and land, for years and years I roamed

I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here
We must have died alone, a long long time ago

Who knows? not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the Man who Sold the World

I can go either way on this one, but I *will* say that I think the "I thought you died alone" line very well could be a reference to the death of DD Harriman alone on the moon in the story "Requiem," the sequel to "The Man Who Sold The Moon."

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