Now filled with posthumous poignancy, David Bowie’s video for his new song “Lazarus” appears to be part of a carefully planned farewell from the world. Released along with the cultural genius’ final album Blackstar, this past Friday — also Bowie’s 69th birthday — the song opens with the lyrics, “Look up here, I’m in heaven!”
From there, a hospital bed-ridden Bowie, whose face is covered in cloths apart from two slits over his eyes, levitates up, as would one’s soul upon transcending this world. Blackstar producer Tony Visconti appears to have confirmed as much in a Facebook post today upon the announcement of Bowie’s passing.
“He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life — a work of Art,” wrote Visconti. “He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”
Blackstar, Bowie’s 25th studio album, had already received a host of rave reviews following its release this past Friday before. Lazarus, of course, is a biblical reference to a character brought back to life by Jesus Christ four days after his death. It is one of Jesus’ most well-known miracles and inspired the famous phrase “Jesus wept.”
You can watch the video for lead single Lazarus above.