Who Sang Life on Mars?? David Bowie

David Bowie Hunky Dory cover art
Release information
Writer(s): David Bowie
Release Date: 1971-12-17
Genre: Rock Pop
Style: Art Rock/Classic Rock/Glam
length: 3:52
remixer: Ken Scott
producer: Ken Scott
piano: Rick Wakeman
lead vocals: David Bowie
recording engineer: Ken Scott
arranger: Mick Ronson
guitar: Mick Ronson
drums (drum set): Mick Woodmansey
bass guitar: Trevor Bolder
assistant producer: David Bowie
guitar & piano & saxophone: David Bowie
composer: David Bowie
lyricist: David Bowie
It's a God-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling no
And her daddy has told her to go

But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen

But the film is a saddening bore
For she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It's on America's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It's about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Changes
  • 2 Oh! You Pretty Things
  • 3 Eight Line Poem
  • 4 Life on Mars?
  • 5 Kooks
  • 6 Quicksand
  • 7 Fill Your Heart
  • 8 Andy Warhol
  • 9 Song for Bob Dylan
  • 10 Queen Bitch
  • 11 The Bewlay Brothers