Like a Rocket Man

Album: The Next Day Extra (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Bowie being as direct as he has ever been with his drug references: "I'm speeding through the dancehall like a Rocket Man." Producer Tony Visconti commented to NME that the song "has a deceptively bouncy beat, but lyrically it goes to more dark places – and this time David sings it with a cheeky smile."

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