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Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute

by Jherek Bischoff and Amanda Palmer

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released February 5, 2016

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Amanda Palmer - Vocals
Jherek Bischoff - Double Bass/Arrangements/Conducting
Serena McKinney​ - Violin​ 1
Alyssa Park​ - Violin 2
Ben Ullery​ - Viola
Jacob Braun - Cello
Anna Calvi - Vocals/Guitar (Blackstar)
Jono Manson - Amanda’s Engineer (The Kitchen Sink)
Alex Thomas - Anna Calvi's Engineer (Bruce Grove Studio)
Chris Fogel - Jherek/Strings Engineer (Hyperion Sound / ELBO Studios)
Bryan Carrigan - Jherek/Strings Asst. Engineer (Hyperion Sound / ELBO Studios)
John Cameron Mitchell - Vocals (Heroes and Helden)

Jherek recorded the strings in LA at Hyperion Sound / ELBO studios engineered by Chris Fogel (engineer) and Bryan Carrigan (Asst. engineer).

Anna Calvi (guest vocal and guitar on Blackstar) recorded in London at Bruce Grove Studios engineered by Alex Thomas.

I recorded vocals in Santa Fe, NM, at The Kitchen Sink, engineered by Jono Manson. Jono added the acoustic guitar on "Space Oddity".

John Cameron Mitchell sang his back-ups in his apartment in New York into his iPhone.

Jherek mixed and mastered the entire record at home in LA.

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The artwork was created by artists from three continents:
Cassandra Long (United States) - Blackstar
David Mack (United States) - Ashes to Ashes
Sarah Beetson (United Kingdom) - EP cover and Space Oddity
Félix Marqués (Spain) - Life on Mars
HA-HA (Australia) - Helden (German Version)
Bill Sienkiewicz (United States) - Heroes (English Version)

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Track Name: Blackstar (Featuring Anna Calvi)
In the villa of Ormen
in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle
In the centre of it all
in the centre of it all
Your eyes

On the day of execution
on the day of execution
Only women kneel and smile
ah-ah
ah-ah
At the centre of it all
at the centre of it all
Your eyes
your eyes


In the villa of Ormen
in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle
at the centre of it all
at the centre of it all
Your eyes

your eyes

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 blackstar

How many times does an angel fall?
How many people lie instead of talking tall?
He trod on sacred ground, he cried loud-into-the-crowd
I’m a blackstar
I’m a blackstar
I’m not a gangster

I can’t answer why
(I’m a blackstar)
Just go with me
(I’m not a filmstar)
I’m-a take you home
(I’m a blackstar)
Take your passport and shoes
(I’m not a popstar)
And your sedatives, boo
(I’m a blackstar)
You’re a flash in the pan
(I’m not a marvel star)
I’m the great I am
(I’m a blackstar)

I’m a blackstar, way up, oh-honey-I’ve-got-game
I see right so white, so open-heart it’s plain
I want eagles in my daydreams, diamonds in my eyes
I’m a blackstar
I’m a blackstar

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 star star
I’m a blackstar

(I)can’t answer why
(I’m not a gangster)
But I can tell you how
(I’m not a flam star)
We were born upside-down
(I’m a star star)
Born the wrong way ‘round
(I’m not a white star)
I’m a blackstar
I’m not a gangster
I’m a blackstar
I’m a blackstarI’m not a pornstar, I’m not a wandering star
I’m a blackstar
I’m a blackstar


In the villa of Ormen stands a solitary candle
At the centre of it all
your eyes


On the day of execution
only women kneel and smileAt the centre of it all
your eyes

your eyes
Track Name: Space Oddity (Featuring Neil Gaiman)
Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills
and put your helmet on

Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown,
engines on
Check ignition
and may God's love be with you

This is Ground Control
to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule
if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating
in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do

Though I'm past
one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
she knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead,
there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you....

Here am I floating
round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do.
Track Name: Ashes To Ashes 
Do you remember a guy that's been
In such an early song
I've heard a rumor from Ground Control
Oh no, don't say it's true

They got a message from the Action Man
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too
I've loved all I've needed to love
Sordid details following"

The shrieking of nothing is killing
Just pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I
Ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
But I'm hoping to kick but the planet it's glowing

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

Time and again I tell myself
I'll stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
I'm stuck with a valuable friend
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too"
One flash of light but no smoking pistol

I never done good things I never done bad things
I never did anything out of the blue, woh-o-oh
Want an axe to break the ice
Wanna come down right now

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom
Track Name: Heroes (Featuring John Cameron Mitchell)
I
I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins
like dolphins can swim
Though nothing
nothing
will keep us together
We can beat them
forever and ever
Oh, we can be heroes
just for one day

I
I will be king
And you
you will be queen
Though nothing
will drive them away
We can be heroes
just for one day
….We can *be* us
just for one day

I
I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guns
shot above our heads (over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall)
And the shame, was on the other side
Oh, we can beat them, forever and ever
Then we could be heroes, just for one day

We can be heroes
We can be heroes
We can be heroes
(Just for one day)
We can be heroes
Track Name: Helden (Single Version) (Featuring John Cameron Mitchell)
Du
Könntest du schwimmen
Wie delphine
Delphine es tun
Niemand gibt uns eine chance
Doch wir können siegen
Für immer und immer
Und wir sind dann helden
Für einen tag

Ich
Ich bin dann könig
Und du
Du königin
Obwohl sie
Unschlagbar scheinen
Werden wir helden
Fur einen tag
Wir sind dann wir
An diesem tag

IchIch glaubbte zu traeumen (zu träumen)
Die mauer
Im rücken war kalt (so kalt)
Schüsse reissen die luft (reissen die luft)
Doch wir kuessen
Als ob nichts geschieht (nichts geschieht)
Und die scham fiel auf ihre seite
O, wir können sie schlagen
Fuer alle zeiten
Dann sind wir helden
Nur diesen tag
Dann sind wir helden
Dann sind wir helden
Dann sind wir helden
Nur diesen tag….