I was sad to hear about Dave Bowie’s death at the age of 69. I grew up with his music. We thought of buying the album “Blackstar” he released days before his death. His album is set to pass Adele on the sales charts. After having a look at the music video, I decided not to. It’s too dark.
It’s about an alien trapped on earth, clinging to hope of some kind of immortal life in space. There’s a lot of occult symbolism with that black solar disc, all open for interpretation. Who knows what it means? Not me. But I know creepy when I see it. About a minute into the clip “Blackstar” David appears, wearing a bandage over his eyes with buttons sewn on. He sings “At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all, Your eyes, Ah-ah-ah.”
Three’s a skeleton floating up to the Blackstar while a group of women are performing some sort of execution ritual. At the 3.2 minute mark. At the 6.17 mark there’s three scarecrows on what look like crosses, with knots on their wrists. Knots have an association with magical power. The scarecrows also have bandages with buttons over their eyes.
Coins used to be put over the eyes of the dead, so the soul could pay Charon to be ferried across the river Styx. But what do buttons mean?
There’s a movie called “Coraline” that uses the theme of having buttons over the eyes. Coraline is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life and the people in it only much better. But this seemingly perfect world turns dangerous, and her other parents, who are wearing buttons over their eyes, try to trap her forever. “You’re in terrible danger girl” a ghost warns.
Here’s the Trailer, it’s about 2.5 minutes long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO3n67BQvh0
David’s also wearing buttons over his eyes in “Lazarus.” That’s the track I looked at to begin with, hoping that his use of “Lazarus” explained his hope in the resurrection. He sings “Look up here, I’m in heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen, I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen, Everybody knows me now.”
In the second verse of Lazarus David Bowie sings “Look up here, man, I’m in danger, I’ve got nothing left to lose …”
The story of Lazarus comes from the Bible, John 11:1-44. He was a friend of Jesus, and he died, but Jesus brought him back to life on the fourth day.
“Lord,” Martha (the sister of Lazarus) said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Before he brought Lazarus back to life, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Did David Bowie believe it? Do you? That’s the key.
As for the button eyes, there are none as blind as those who cannot see.
Jesus talked about they eyes being the lamp of the body; “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22
“At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all, Your eyes, Ah-ah-ah.”