This song is about something that we often forget about: our pending doom an upcoming end to what we know as life. Blackstar is about that, death, I think. It is a complex and beautiful song. The song jumps melody and rhythm and evolves. It is part rock, part jazz. It escapes words. It is a homage to Bowie’s futuristic interpretation of life and music. It is about stars and it is oddly about Ormen, as Bowie sings in the song about the Villa of Ormen. Where is it? How is it? That is the mystery. So is death:
Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried:
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a starstar, I’m a blackstar)
I can’t answer why (I’m not a gangster)
But I can tell you how (I’m not a flamstar)
We were born upside-down (I’m a starstar)
Born the wrong way ’round (I’m not a white star, I’m a blackstar)
Oo-oo-oo (I’m not a gangster, I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)
Oo-oo-oo (I’m not a pornstar, I’m not a wandering star)
Oo-oo-oo (I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)
Here is a tumblr dedicated to imagined images of the Villa of Ormen.
Here is a link about the Swedish movie Ormen where some speculate the song is referring to. It is based on a 1945 book with the same title.