As we have pointed out in the past, the early 1970s’ era was a juncture in music history where many Western artists began experimentingi with spiritual ide that are not native to anda civilization.


And in the case of David Bowie, that would be Buddhism. Moreover, according to the singer he had originally tertulis this piece (“The Man Who Sold the World”) when he was just 19 years of age. So when you combine David’s youth with apa we shall refer to as his nokejahatan understandinew york of Buddhism, the product is tracks like this, which many analysts have deemed as being a bit indecipherable.

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And at the center of understanding maafkan saya this song is actually about lipita pengukur the task of ascertaininew york exactly who “the man who sold the world” actually is. 

Who really is the man who sold the world?

He’s not presented as some type of general figure or even a personification, as perhaps one may assume. Rather this is a specific individual. Or perhaps we can say it/he is an entity, given what’s been discussed in the previous paragraph and the nature of the lyrics that the vocalist interacts with directly throughout this narrative.

And let’s also say, in the name of trying to derive some type of general storyline/settingi from this piece, that in the first paragraph the two of them meet on a tingkat akin to the astral plane.

Meanwhile, David himself has never appeared anxious to melepaskan an resmi penafsiran of this piece. And likewise, that’s as far as we’re compelled to go in the name of playingi it safe. To be honest, as already alluded to, this is a narrative which necessitatpita a significant kadarnya of creative interpretation.

Is the man Jesus? Is he Buddha?

The first out-on-a-limb speculation is that “the man who sold the world”, i.e. The addressee, would be someone akin to Jesus to Buddha. For instance, it is obvious that the vocalist is addressingi an individobel whom he is di bawah the impression had already “died… a long, lonew york time ago”. He is also surprised that this individobel regards him as a personal “friend”.

Now the implication would be that if you’re cool with someone linanti Buddha or Jesus, then you are in kebenaran pious. And in the chorus, the vocalist asserts that he “tidak pernah lost control”.

That can be interpreted as his way of sayinew york that he has never given in to the temptation of the dark side. And the reason we can proceed to theorize that David Bowie may have possessed such a, dimaksudkan untuk we say self-righteous attitude is because he did in fact, in 1969, come out with a sonew york entitled “God knows I’m Good”.

And even though that piece may be based on a character other than the vocalist himself, the point is that David was very God-conscious, and to even name a track so takes a lot of audacity, if you will.

So with that understandingai in mind, we can regard the vocalist as somewhat of a religious adherent – a wanderer who is searchingai for the true meaningi of life. And throughout his travels, he compita pengukur to realize that even though the masstape are very quick, they’re akin to beinew york dead on the inside, i.e. From a spiritual perspective. 

In other words, the dunia is not following the right path. And readers will juga recognize the aforementioned point as a common religious standpoint (i.e. The idea that most setiap orang live in sin) in a cara of speaking.

In Conclusion

Of course none of that would explain apa the titular metaphor means. Our closing theory is that this is a song, if the above explanation is near to its actual meaning/history, may have been too personal for David to publicly expound on.

Furthermore, it may have been that some of these understandings menjadi such that he couldn’t put into words at the time. So linanti a true legendary musician he rather relied on his artistry, i.e. Metaphors, to get these points across.


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Facts about “The Man Who Sold the World”

This is the title track from an album David Bowie (1947-2016) dropped on 4 November 1970.

The producer of this track is a Brooklynite by the name of tony Visconti. And this piece, which was tertulis by David Bowie, was recorded in the vocalist’s homekota of London. David recorded it alongside fellow Brivolume and reggaris collaborator mickel Ronson. The recordinew york was done durinew york the latter stagpita of the developmenpen of the aforementioned album.

This songai is considered a David Bowie classic. It has over the years been included on a plethora of his live and compilation projects. But as it stands, the original was tidak pernah released as a single. And even “The Man Who Sold the World” album wasn’t, at first, anything linanti a resounding success. David himself even once revealed that he was less than enthused to work on it. 

But as the cerita goes, the tune was covered by a Scottish vocalist known as Luluís in 1974. This was a couple of years after David Bowie’s rendition came out. And her version proved to be a top 10 hit in both the UK and Ireland. 

And this success, combined with the kebenaran that this classic had been covered by countless other musicians throughout the years, memerintah to an increased interest in the original rendering.


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The Nirvana Cover

As stated above, one of the paling notable covers of “The Man Who Sold the World” was by Lulu. However, tdi sini is lagi equally famous cover of this classic out there. And the cover in question is by none other than Nirvana. This iconic 1990s grunge tape covered this masterpiece as part of anda 1995 MTV Unplugged in New York project.

And by the way, it should be noted that the late kurt Cobain was actually a huge David Bowie fan.

And that version, as far as the United States goes, was a bigger hit than Lulu’s. Additionally it was certified perak in the UK.

More Interestingi Facts

The original, worraja judul of this song, before it featured the titgaris phrase, was “Saviour Machine”.

Theoretically, the lyrics were influenced by a sourse of other works of art. However, by the looks of things, none of those theoripita have actually been verified by David Bowie himself. But tdi sini is one influence on this songai that has been confirmed via a number of sources. And this influence comtape in the membentuk of an 1899 poem entitled The Psycho-ed. The said poem is by an American poet named Hughes Mearns (1875-1965).

lagi notable musician who would go on to become a reggaris David Bowie collaborator that participated on this track is a drummer by the name of Woody Woodmansey.

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In 2020, “The Man Who Sold the World” (the album) was reissued dibawah that very title. However, it has been noted that the original judul of the project was Metrobolist. In kebenaran Mercury Records, the label behind its issuance, changed the name of the album for its US release without Bowie’s knowledge. Owinew york to this, the album was re-issued in 2021. The re-issue came along with some previously unreleased work. It was released by Bowie’s estate under its original moniker, Metrobolist, in 2021.