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"Five Years" is a song written by David Bowie and released in . It was the opening track on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

The song tells of an Earth doomed to destruction in five years and the aftermath of this knowledge. Bowie is rumoured to have chosen the length of time, five years, as a result of a dream in which his deceased father told him he must never fly… read more

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Pushing through the market square,
So many mothers sighing
News had just come over,
We had five years left to cry in

David Bowie - Five Years Lyrics


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  • Only love
  • This is the best Bowie song
  • The lyrics are out of this world.
  • Absolutely stunning song. What an opener to a masterpiece!
  • I think I saw you in an ice cream parlour, drinking milk shakes cold and long. Smiling and waving and looking so fine, don’t think you knew you were in this song.
  • when you start to hear his voice literally breaking at the end - "my brain hurts a lot" - always got to me. never more so than now. miss you, you magnificent man.
  • RIP man
  • We've got five years, what a surprise....RIP David, you're forever in my heart :(
  • The live version on the Stage-album is marvelous.
  • So brilliant. Must be one of the best album openers of all time.

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