“Five Years” is a song written by David Bowie and released in 1972. It was the opening track on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The song tells of an Earth doomed to destruction in five years and the aftermath of this knowledge. Bowie is rumored to have chosen the length of time, five years, as a result of a dream in which his deceased father told him he must never fly again and would die in five years. Bowie performed the song live on Old Grey Whistle Test. It is included on the DVD version of Best of Bowie.
[via Jens Unmack – dedicated to Anders Eigen and Bo Madsen. It’s Bo’s birthday today.]