How much would you pay for David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics to “Starman”?

They're up for auction

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The original lyrics to David Bowie‘s “Starman” have been revealed, after an early lyric sheet went up for sale in Los Angeles.

The piece of paper, which features the lyrics to an early draft of the song, is expected to sell for £4,500.

Despite being unsigned by the singer, the sheet reportedly comes with a certificate of authenticity.


The lyrics remain largely the same on the sheet, but there are some subtle changes within the verses.

On the sheet, one line reads ‘Some cat was layin down some rock ‘n’ roll, ‘lotta soul, he said’.

But when the song was released in 1972, the lyric became ‘Some cat was layin’ down some get it on rock ‘n’ roll, he said.’


Another change is noticeable in the same verse, with ‘Came back on a wave of phase’ eventually becoming ‘Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase haze’.

The single page is now being put under the hammer by US based Julien’s Auctioneers and is expected to sell for between £3,000 and £4,500 when the auction takes place on November 4.

The December 2017 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – with Robert Plant on the cover. Plant and his band have also compiled our free CD, which includes tracks by Bert Jansch, Daniel Lanois, Patty Griffin, Thee Oh Sees and more. Elsewhere in the issue, we remember Tom Petty and there are new interviews with REM, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bootsy Collins, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Ronnie Spector. We review Morrissey, Sharon Jones, Mavis Staples, Hüsker Dü, Tim Buckley and Talk Talk and much more.


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