Hi, it is interesting to look at the measure of light in the songs on the Ziggy album. If light is symbolic of truth, then there is very little in the world in which Ziggy Stardust became a beautiful, graceful, rock superstar.
"Didn't know what time it is, the lights were low" sings the teenager looking for light somewhere over the rainbow. Of course there is no "Starman waiting in the sky." Mishearing some radio static and interpreting it as "cosmic hazy jive, it is sad this young couple have hope in nothing more than a fictional visitor from some alien world. "If we can sparkle" the young man sings, but they can't because there is no sparkling truth in them.
"Just the beer light to guide us" sings the embittered band mate of the elegant hard rock guitarist. Perhaps with a working man's pedestrian taste and budget, the other band members were led by Bud and suds, but nothing resembling real light.
"Praying to the light machine" illustrates the dim light leading the motor mouthed groupie who will "come to the show tonight." Yes, she prays, but to the artificial light emanating from a false god.
"Darkness surrounds God" is perhaps the most profoundly wrong spiritual statement and it is there in the song, Soul Love. God is light, and there is no darkness surrounding him. We can see him clearly because God became flesh and lived among us.
"Don't let the sun blast your shadow" reveals the inner mind of the hard rock suicide. He only goes out at night. Disheveled and destroyed by hard drugs and sin, why would he let anyone see him clearly? Why would he come to the truth?
Of course, Ziggy himself sang of darkness, not light. His songs were of "darkness and dismay." Hymns of hopelessness and despair, carols of lies, were in the alligator's repertoire.
Of course this is the dark world of Ziggy Stardust, a world without truth or faith. Even the warning we have "Five Years" to live is wrong. We get no warning when the end comes.
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