Mr. Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World

Striping away pretense, I opin that lyrics mean something. David Bowie’s lyrics of “The Man Who Sold the World” reveal wonderfully expansive feelings about growing up, rediscovering innocence, intact amid a hell of reality.

Mr. Bowie’s Lyrics:

“The Man Who Sold The World”
(originally by David Bowie)

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 a surprise
I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone
A long long time ago

Oh no, not me
We 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 [Alt: I searched for foreign land]
For years and years I roamed
I gazed a gazeless stare
At all the millions here [Alt 1: We walked a million years]
[Alt 2: With multimillionaires]
[Alt 3: We walked a million hills]
I must have died alone [Alt: I must have died along]
A long, long time ago

Who knows?
Not me
I never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world

Who knows?
Not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world



The narrator sets forth a self portrait. The inner child who was thought to have died unexpectantly appears ‘on the stairs’ . The inner life is still vivant. The man who at first ‘sold the world’ gave up on his dreams and all is relegated to the mondane stair climbing of human existence. At first dismissive of this epiphany, secretly, he can’t admit to himself that he still wishes for the freedom to dream; thus the song is constructed like a dream, nor will he admit that he is not in control of even his everyday life, no more so than when he was an innocent child. “I thought you died alone…” explains his surprise that the inner child whom he believed to have passed away to give birth to the adult who is cynical and resigned to ‘reality’, is in fact alive and well and presumably living in the same apartment building.

Searching a ‘real’ world for some reason for its existence, after many millions of dollars, years, people, fans, and miles, he has returned to face himself, confessing that he ‘sold the world.’ He finds realease in his admission of his ‘guilt’ that he was less than truthful to himself and others.

In melancholy recollection of what has been lost, he realizes that he had ‘sold the world’ of his dreams, but that he can ‘sell the world’ of superficial reality too (as can we all) and return to the inner world of innocence, with the strength to look oneself in the eyes, taking responsibility for prodigal ways as well as a return to simplicity,. Giving up worldly illusions he can be the man who ‘soul’d’ the world, that is, one who dreams of what is worthy of illusion rather than dreaming of a world that is a worthless illusion. He rises above worldly things and picks up as a child where he left off, choosing to see through the eyes of a child, albeit one who carries the cataclysmic scars of loss – and beauty.

many crowns….

What if they threw a miracle but no one came? We sat outsdie eating icecream cones on a beautiful summer day. I looked up and noticed something looking down at me.

beautiful rainbow without end.

rainbow without end.

all things bright and beautiful…

Click here to view my sky buddy. We live in a world full of mystery…Be open to primary knowledge. See what you see…

check out the little white dot. It's still there two days later in the morning....

in the morning, it’s still hanging around…

I used the youtube online editing features of ‘autofix’ which enhanced the color contrasting, however it is much more dramatic in the night sky, even though I have zoomed in close up on this iphone video. It is brighter than a star, and has a wierd phase of flicker that just sticks out like a sore thumb in the night sky. Let me reiterate that I zoomed in to show it close up in the video. It wasn’t huge in the night sky as the video may imply. I also slowed it down 2x slow motion so it

Twelve minutes later, it has moved across the sky. But it's still about where it was on previous nights...

Twelve minutes later, it has moved across the sky. But it’s still about where it was on previous nights…

flicker’s half as fast. And, the youtube ‘autofix’ feature enhanced the contrast color of my sky buddy.

What caught my attention, was that when I took this video, the night sky was full of stars. But the chinzy iphone video eye caught only the anomaly. What’s more, I took several videos, but only this one caught it. I got other still photos but almost none show it. I found I had to have the right attitude for it to show up. You have to be friendly, otherwise if takes on its appearance of just another star in the night sky….