Aife from LondonI think they meant it's the only song that refers to the Thin White Duke. There are also songs for Aladdin Sane , and Diamond Dogs , if you count that as a character And I believe it's European Canon , one n , meaning body of work The lyrics are quite oblique but one of his best songs I think
Scott Glazbrook from AustraliaIt is not the only song that names a character, Ziggy
Garry S from Manahawkin, NjWhat is a European Cannon?
Cliff from Oakdale, NyBowie opened his Jones Beach Theater Concert at Zach's Bay a few years ago with this one. He used an unbelivable video in the background of trains rushing to each other along with a great light show, it was spectacular!!!
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.