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"Memory of a Free Festival" is a 1969 song by English musician David Bowie. It was released as part of Bowie's second album David Bowie, and it was split into two songs, "Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1)" and "Memory of a Free Festival (Part 2)", and released as a single on 12 June 1970.

Lyrics

The children of the summer's end gathered in the dampened grass
We played our songs and felt the London sky resting on our hands
It was God's land
It was ragged and naive
It was Heaven
Touch, we touched the very soul of holding each and every life
We claimed the very source of joy ran through
It didn't, but it seemed that way
I kissed a lot of people that day
Oh, to capture just one drop of all the ecstasy that swept that afternoon
To paint that love upon a white balloon
And fly it from the toppest top of all the tops that man has pushed beyond his brain
Satori must be something just the same
We scanned the skies with rainbow eyes and saw machines of every shape and size
We talked with tall Venusians passing through
And Peter tried to climb aboard but the Captain shook his head and away they soared
Climbing through the ivory vibrant cloud
Someone passed some bliss among the crowd and we walked back to the road, unchained
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
The sun machine is coming down
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
The sun machine is coming down
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
The sun machine is coming down
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
And we're gonna have a party
The sun machine is coming down
The sun machine is coming down
The sun machine is coming down

Development

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Personnel

  • David Bowie — Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, chord organ
  • Mick Ronson — Electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Tony Visconti — Bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Woody Woodmansey — Drums, backing vocals

In popular culture

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David Bowie (1969) (ve)
"Space Oddity" • "Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed" • "Don't Sit Down" (hidden track) • "Letter to Hermione" • "Cygnet Committee" • "Janine" • "An Occasional Dream" • "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" • "God Knows I'm Good" • "Memory of a Free Festival"

1990 reissue bonus tracks: "Conversation Piece" • "Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1)" • "Memory of a Free Festival (Part 2)"