Absolute Beginners by David Bowie
In light of Bowie’s Protesting of the Papal Antichrist chiefly in his songs Warszawa, The Next Day and Blackstar, it seems to me that his song Absolute Beginners is far more than the usual love song, of course it was taken that way.
It contains such romantic images and words that it transcends the normal romantic love song. With allusion to flying over mountains and laughing at the sea, laying down hard lines, and being so in love with the absolute truth that he sings the rest can go to hell.
So personally I see it as a song about the early churches relationship with God through Christ, a commitment that is akin to a marriage true is being described, but its an epic description that goes beyond the usual romanticisms and contains lines of enormous understatement and irony .
He sings ‘There’s nothing much at stake’, which is highlighting the enormity of just what is actually at stake.
Why Bowie would sing that line if it were just a romantic love song about a man and a woman does not make sense.
With Eyes Completely Open
Absolute Beginners has Bowie singing the line, ‘ with eyes completely open’ as if safe to behold with his eyes, that is Beholding christ Jesus by the eyes of faith by the word of God in the good news, beholding he who is the image of the invisible God as opposed to Bowie’s Button eyes Prophet in his Blackstar video. Button eyes who deliberately is depicted making himself blind by a blindfold, shielding his eyes from the images of antichrist’s deadly deceptive idols in Bowies video for the song Blackstar.
This is why I believe Absolute Beginners to be about the beginnings of the early church and the commitment between the early church and christ and is therefore modelled as a song for all those in relationship with him in all ages.
It making allusion to overcoming the antichrist the beast in the line laugh at the the sea (ocean) and in the line if our love song can fly over mountains the allusion there being the overcoming of the false church of Rome sat on the seven mountains of Rome , this makes the spiritual insight of the lyric absolutely true, which is of course the most important thing.
If My Love Is Your Love We’re Certain To Succeed…