Five Years (track) by David Bowie

Five Years by David Bowie
Year: 1972
From the album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (track #1)
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From 06/14/2023 13:54
A great track about missing out on life when it is cut short, from the mundane wave, irons and TVs to time spent with a loved one. He tells how different people react and how society breaks down, the climax of the song shows the narrator breaking down as an incoherent string section overwhelms him. The song ends with a drum beat fading out like a beating heart. A beautiful song and a perfect introduction to the album.
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From 07/20/2022 05:46
Truly one of the best opening songs to a album I’ve ever heard, it’s so powerful as it builds up.
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From 03/11/2022 10:32
Awesome opening track to a great album.
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From 05/04/2021 22:43
Tied with Ashes to Ashes as my favorite Bowie track.

I'm very happy it's rated so highly on this site -- it seems to be overlooked in so many other places. It's probably not objectively better than Life on Mars or Heroes, but I do think it could be his third best track
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From 04/28/2020 16:49
This song runs the exhilarating emotional gambit better and more convincingly than a number of entire albums I could reference. Sonic brilliance, an incredible aura, and one of the best Side 1 Track 1s ever. Period.
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From 02/03/2019 13:32
One of the best songs in the world, so beautiful!
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From 08/10/2018 20:46
What a cracking start to an album never mind a single, with a superb and instantly recognisable drum beat. Although the album wasn't written as a joined storyline, us fans have invented it by joining the songs stories together - to be fair the themes of space and alienation and impending disaster does run through the songs. And this first song sets the scene and letting us know that there is in fact only 5 years left.

Bowie's vocal delivery at the end is superb.
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From 03/23/2018 02:41
Possibly my favorite off of this album, Just perfect in every way shape or form.
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From 03/21/2017 10:16
Awesome opener, great buildup in this song :)
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