Five Years

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Star­dust And The Spi­ders From Mars, 1972

Classic Rock - - David Bowie -

BEN HARPER, IN­NO­CENT CRIM­I­NALS

“With­out a doubt it would be in my all-time top ten. Five Years is just ab­so­lute star­tling, for nu­mer­ous rea­sons. The song struc­ture, the voice and the rhyth­mic in­stru­men­ta­tion all speak for them­selves, but I find the whole sub­ject mat­ter of five years – half a decade – so mys­te­ri­ous. Whether we know it or not, a five-year pe­riod can be piv­otal to our lives. Those five years can give us a golden glow or kill us all – you know, ‘My brain hurts a lot… Five years, that’s all we got.’

“It’s such a pow­er­ful state­ment. Think of the first five years of your life and how pure they were, and then think of your most re­cent five years – or the best or the worst. I love the way he en­cap­su­lates it all in that arc of life. That song works on so many dif­fer­ent lev­els.”

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