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"The Man Who Sold the World" is a 1970 song by English musician David Bowie, and the title track from Bowie's third album, The Man Who Sold the World.

Lyrics

We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when
Although I wasn't there, he said I was his friend
Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone, a long, long time ago
Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world
I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back home
I searched for form and land, for years & years, I roamed
I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here
We must have died alone, a long, long time ago
Who knows? Not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world
Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world

Development

To be added.

Personnel

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

In popular culture

A portion of a December 1979 performance of "The Man Who Sold the World" on Saturday Night Live was featured in the film The Nomi Song (2004).

"The Man Who Sold the World" was featured in the video game SingStar Guitar, as well as being a downloadable track on the video games Rocksmith and Rocksmith 2014.

Cover versions

"The Man Who Sold the World" has been covered by John Mellencamp, Lulu, Midge Ure, Nirvana, Simple Minds, and The Unders.

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The Man Who Sold the World (ve)
"The Width of a Circle" • "All the Madmen" • "Black Country Rock" • "After All" • "Running Gun Blues" • "Saviour Machine" • "She Shook Me Cold" • "The Man Who Sold the World" • "The Supermen"

Bonus tracks on 1990 Rykodisc CD: "Lightning Frightening" • "Holy Holy" • "Moonage Daydream (Arnold Corns Version)" • "Hang On to Yourself (Arnold Corns Version)"