“The Man Who Sold The World”–David Bowie

Live at the Beeb 2000

Such a mystery wrapped in an enigma this extraterrestrial ballad evokes. When I hear the song it strikes me as a feature film within so few stanzas. Bowie was channeling some deep other in those years. Below are 2 great Nirvana versions then some alternative Bowie versions follow.

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

Nirvana Electric Live

Nirvana Unplugged

That song for me always exemplified kind of how you feel when you’re young, when you know there’s a piece of yourself that you haven’t really put together yet… this great searching, this great need to find out who you really are.

-Bowie from the BBC Radio 1 special program ChangesNowBowie

Live at the Lorelei Festival 1996

Alternative version from the 50th anniversary
in Madison Square Garden NYC, 09/01/1997

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