What Fifteen Minutes of Buddhism Gave the World

The Man Who Sold the World

Thank goodness for David Bowie’s “fifteen minutes of Buddhism.”

The Man Who Sold the World

We passed upon the stair
We spoke of was and when
Although I wasn’t there
He said I was his friend
Which came as a surprise
I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone
A long long time ago
 
Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world
 
I laughed and shook his hand
And made my way back home
I searched for form and land
For years and years I roamed
I gazed a gazely stare
We walked a million hills
We must have died alone
A long, long time ago
 
Who knows?
Not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world
 
Who knows?
Not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world
 
 

Nirvana’s famous cover on MTV Unplugged

Bowie’s acoustic version . . . 

And on SNL in 1979 with Klaus Nomi

and Lulu!

Image German cover artwork of The Man Who Sold the World from Nevermind Press, What Bowies’ “The Man Who Sold The World” is Really About. I recommend checking out the link – the article is an interesting dive into songwriting.

May 27, 2021
Flagstaff, AZ

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I'm a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I've been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, breath, and makin' stuff.

3 thoughts on “What Fifteen Minutes of Buddhism Gave the World

  1. H.Troy, Lulu is clearly the top performance here? On the one hand, she is strangely alluring. I’m talking mostly about the get-up, certainly. But also the make-up, a kinda pre-cog punk rock? The general new wave lite vibe is most enjoyable and easy listening! On the other hand, she is quite shit and looks like she may shatter! xo

    ps. I bought a Klaus Nomi album once by mistake.

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