David Bowie's 'Lazarus' Was His Final Good-bye to Legions of Fans (VIDEO)

Waking up to the news that we've lost David Bowie was a shock no one expected. But going back through his latest album, Blackstar, it's clear that his new album isn't just his good-bye -- it's his meditation on death. He wasn't just preparing us for his exit. He was preparing himself, too.

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Watching the video for "Lazarus" or even the 10-minute short film for Blackstar, it's all there. Now it almost seems ridiculous that no one saw it coming. "Lazurus" opens with Bowie in a hospital bed and closes with his being swallowed by a dark closet. Bowie is dying.

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He spent the final months of his life creating a piece of art that is beautiful, dark, and triumphant -- and something we should have expected from an artist as fearless and honest as David Bowie--a final farewell piece that gives us a glimpse of what it feels like to face death.

No, he didn't want us all to watch the ugly reality of his passing. So he kept it a closely guarded secret. Instead he gave us something with a little more flair -- a piece of art that would help us understand everything we needed to know about Bowie's thoughts and feelings on dying, and maybe give us something to help us understand our own inevitable transition from life to death in the bargain.

And that's pure Bowie. Throughout his many reinventions and revolutions over the decades, the one constant was his devotion to creating art that captured a sense of time and place that Bowie was able to make look and feel far cooler than it probably deserved.

Now with Blackstar, and in particular with this video for "Lazarus," death gets the Thin White Duke's glam rock treatment and leaves us with the image of Bowie, a rock god for the ages, exiting our world dancing to his own tune.

"Look up here, I'm in heaven!" he sings."Oh, I'll be free."

And now he is free. Rest in peace.

 

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