Listen to David Bowie’s Mournful New Song ‘Lazarus’

By Amanda Wicks

David Bowie released “Lazarus,” in anticipation of his upcoming 25th album ★ (Blackstar). The song also appears in Bowie’s off-Broadway play by the same name.

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Clocking in at over six minutes, the brooding jazz-heavy track leads into Bowie’s voice, brimming with emotion to the point it almost wavers. “Look up here, I’m in heaven/ I’ve got scars that can’t be seen/ I’ve got drama can’t be stolen/ Everybody knows me now,” he sings on the opening verse, before the song bleeds back out to mournful sax.

The Lazarus cast will perform the song tonight (Dec. 17) on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

★ drops on Jan. 8, which also happens to be Bowie’s 69th birthday.

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