Station to Station (7:26)

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“Station to Station” is a song written by David Bowie in 1975 and released in 1976. It is the title track and opener for the album of the same name. The song is Bowie’s longest studio recording, clocking in just above 10 minutes. Structurally, the song builds from a droning, guitar-driven introductory portion that mimics a train building up speed, to an uptempo section punctuated by the refrain “It’s too late.”

The lyrics contain various references to Aleister Crowley, Kabbalah[1] and gnosticism.[1] Bowie stated that “The “Station to Station” track itself is very much concerned with the stations of the cross.”[1] It is on this track that Bowie introduces himself as “The Thin White Duke”. It also contains the oft-quoted lyric, “It’s not the side-effects of the cocaine/I’m thinking that it must be love.”

The song was not released as a single.


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The return of the thin white duke throwing darts in lover's eyes
Here are we, one magical moment, such is the stuff
From where dreams are woven
Bending sound, dredging the ocean, lost in my circle

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