With the sad news of David Bowie’s death comes confirmation that his latest record, Blackstar, was meant as a sort of goodbye to this mortal plane. Specifically, fans are putting a lot of weight on the track “Lazarus,” for which Bowie released a video just four days ago. In the song, Bowie sings as a man who knows he’s dying, but who needs to say goodbye to the world. With lyrics like, “Look up here, I’m in heaven,” and lines about having “nothing left to lose” and being “free like a bluebird,” the suppositions certainly seem to hold water. The music video, below, also sort of foreshadows a lot of what we now know was happening in Bowie’s life, from the scenes in the hospital bed to a more animated Bowie both emerging from and slinking back into a wooden, some might say coffin-like armoire. Bowie even seems kind of frail and tired, in hindsight. It’s a bold and poignant clip, especially now, and should shed some light on where Bowie’s head was in his final days, weeks, and months.
More from The A.V. Club