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   Lyrics                       Video
from the album      
Released 17 December 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015 at The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios
(New York City, New York)


  • 6:22 (album version)
  • 4:05 (video edit)
  • ISO
  • Columbia
Writer(s) David Bowie

Lazarus was released on 17 December 2015 as a digital download, making it the second single from his twenty-fifth studio album, (2016), as well as Bowie’s last single released before his death on 10 January 2016. In addition to its release on Blackstar, the track is used in Bowie’s off-Broadway musical of the same name. The official music video, was released on 7 January 2016, three days before Bowie’s death.

Bowie never performed the song live.

“Lazarus” was Bowie’s first top 40 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 in more than 28 years, landing at number 40 in the week after his death.

The official music video for “Lazarus”, featuring a shorter edit of the song lasting just over four minutes, was uploaded on 7 January 2016 to Bowie’s Vevo channel on YouTube. The video was directed by Johan Renck (who also directed the music video for Bowie’s previous single, “Blackstar”) in November 2015; during the week of shooting, doctors reportedly informed Bowie the cancer was terminal and that they were ending treatment

According to Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti, the lyrics and video of “Lazarus” and other songs on the album were intended to be a self-epitaph, a commentary on Bowie’s own impending death.  star2