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David Bowie Lyrics Quiz

by Jess Grant

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Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a meter and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
"I'm a Blackstar, I'm a Blackstar"


As news of David Bowie's death ricocheted around the globe on the morning of January 11, 2016, many of us reacted by revisiting the scriptures of the recently released Blackstar in search of cryptic clues about the British icon's impending mortality.

David Bowie wasn't always a name readily associated with rock's great poets – Dylan, Cohen, etc. With his words piercing our hearts posthumously, however, it would appear that this self-proclaimed "chameleon, comedian, Corinthian and caricature" has at last earned his place in this most coveted of canons.

But how well do you know your Bowie lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.

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Comments: 16

  • Daniel from North CarolinaMissed 2, dammit ... Bowie was a Treasure ... hearing he died was just like losing an old, very dear friend.
  • Peter Bent from Staffordshire EnglandGot them all. Ziggy stardust was the first concer I ever saw,I was 14..
  • Steve Duncan-smith from Austin Texas I got lucky on one or two of his new stuff I think in part because Maybe i’ve Matured 66 now and also so hard to play Blackstar a lot because of his passing. I love the music however I’ll get into one day. Otherwise I got all right !
  • George from From Ohio2 wrong...I'll take it. We lost too many in the last couple of years and he was one of the best!!! My generation for sure is one of the greatest ever!!! We had the best music, the best cars and the worst war!!!
  • Mike from MiddlesbroughHad to guess the german one
  • Kay from Scotland2wrong..but I really enjoyed the informative reading content given in the answers.
  • Rob from Newcastle Upon Tyne Better than I thought
  • Rob from New OrleansI got 6 cos i don't know his later stuff
  • Dascat from ItalyGreat!! All answers correct!
  • Zabadak from That LondonI am a better guesser than I thought, with just one wrong! Yay me!
  • Graham from Newcastle Upon Tyne EnglandI enjoyed taking part in the quiz on David Bowie, I did not know all the answers but found the explorations of the songs very informative.… I said, do it again, do it again. Turn most (around go back
  • Kathleen from MarylandI missed two....
  • Robbie from Huddersfieldevery lyric a master piece, even " ha ha ha he he he, I'm a laughing gnome and you can't catch me " !!!!
  • Jed from Woodstock Va, United StatesAs soon as I clicked the two I missed, I gasped knowing, what a hasty fool I'd been.
    It's a God awful small affair...
  • Steve from OttawaJust one wrong!
  • Jim from Mobile, Al (formerly North Billerica)I missed three. Not up on his newer stuff.
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