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  • He was so upset when he heard Mott the Hoople, his favourite group of the time, were splitting up that he wrote "All the Young Dudes" for them so they could have a hit.note 
  • "Heroes", a beautiful, uplifting song.
    • The David Bowie Is museum retrospective climaxes in a room in which concert performances of his are projected on as many as three walls at once (visitors wear special headphones and the music changes to fit the wall they are in viewing proximity to). One stretch features three different performances of this song, one for each wall: his 1985 Live Aid performance, his 2000 Glastonbury Festival performance, and his 2001 Concert for New York City performance. Seeing all the happy concertgoers at each venue, and knowing that two of these performances were part of charity benefits, stands as heartwarming proof of the song's endurance.
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    • "We can be heroes, just for one day."
  • Bowie paid for the education of his godson Rolan Bolan — son of Marc — after Marc's death, a fact that wasn't known publicly for decades.
  • "Kooks" is a sweet, funny little ditty written by Bowie for his then-newborn son Duncan Jones. The lyrics really show how giddy and excited he was to be a father, and list all the ways in which he promises to be a good dad. It's hard not to be charmed.
    "Don't pick fights with the bullies or the cads,
    'Cos I'm not much good at punching other people's dads,
    And if the homework brrrings you down,
    Then we'll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown!"
      • Taken straight into Tear Jerker territory with his death.
  • The ending to "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide". "Oh no, love, you're not alone!"
    • With many people coming to the video in the wake of his death, he was right.
  • It has been well-documented that Bowie has been trying to write a dystopian stage musical since at least the '70s (Diamond Dogs came out of an attempt to write a musical based on Nineteen Eighty-Four that was aborted by George Orwell's estate). In 2015, he finally got to see this dream realized with the opening of Lazarus, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
  • He managed to release one final album just prior to his death, leaving his fans with the message, "Don’t believe for just one second I’m forgetting you."
    Tony Visconti: His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. 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.
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  • Yoko Ono revealed after his passing that in the 80's, after John Lennon died, Bowie would pick up Sean Lennon at his boarding school in Switzerland, take him around to museums, galleries, and to the recording studio, in essence being the Parental Substitute Sean needed.
  • "You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is."
  • The picture Duncan Jones chose to accompany his announcement of his father's death, getting a piggyback ride as a baby. Bowie's adoration for his son just bursts from the image.
  • When the details of Bowie's will was revealed, that after leaving his estate to his wife and kids, he also made provisions for his personal assistant and Duncan's childhood nanny for all their years of service.
  • His and Annie Lennox's performance of "Under Pressure" at the Freddie Mercury Memorial Concert, one of the few times he ever gave a live performance of the song. By the end, the two of them are embracing in their mourning of an immortal music legend.
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  • These are probably the last known photos taken of Bowie, posted two days before his passing, when he certainly knew he had very little time left. The look on his face says everything you need to know.
  • There's something heartwarming about the fact that David knew he would be a grandpa before he died.
    • It's also quite lovely to hear that six months after he died, his grandson was born and Duncan gave him the middle name of David in honor of Granddad, and the first name Stenton after Duncan's own grandfather.
  • While "Five Years" is primarily a Tear Jerker thanks to it being about the narrator and the people around him having the impending end of the world sprung on them, the intimacy of the sentiments and observations in it also make it touching and sweet.
    I never thought I'd need so many people.
  • He covered Iggy Pop's "China Girl" because his old friend was having financial trouble at the time and he knew it would be a hit.
    • His entire friendship with Iggy Pop is this, with David always helping out Iggy when he needed it. During the 70s, when Iggy Pop went solo, David Bowie joined him on his solo tour knowing his name would attract fans...and deliberately just stood at the back of the stage playing keyboards to allow Iggy Pop to soak up the glory.
  • Trent Reznor talked about when Nine Inch Nails and Bowie went on tour together, and he felt ashamed being drunk and high all the time in front of his hero. When Reznor finally got sober and met Bowie again afterward, Bowie gave him a big hug before Trent could even get a word out and said "I knew you could do it."


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