Like all the songs on ★, "I Can't Give Everything Away" told us everything when we knew nothing.
I know something is very wrong makes reference to his illness/cancer.
With blackout hearts with flowered news he means us, how sad we'll feel, how broken our hearts will be, when we'll hear the news of his passing, the flowers of course symbolizing mourning.
With skull designs upon my shoes is about him, the skull designs symbolizing his death.
Seeing more and feeling less is the essence of that feeling: "seeing more" while dying but "feeling less" because of dying.
Saying no but meaning yes
This is all I ever meant
That's the message that I sent is David in a way summarizing what his mission in life - his music and his art - was all about. It embodies what David Bowie was all about, as the song sounds like the spirit of David sprinting in the beginning of his track, flying in the middle, at and the end, he's soaring.
Jonathan Barnbrook, the director of this lyric video, the man who worked with Bowie on Blackstar's cover, identity, and visual presentation, as well as on the cover art and visualizations for David Bowie's Heathen, Reality, and The Next Day, had this to say in accompaniment:
“This is really a very simple little video that I wanted to be ultimately positive. We start off in the black and white world of ★, but in the final chorus we move to brilliant colour, I saw it as a celebration of David, to say that despite the adversity we face, the difficult things that happen such as David’s passing, that human beings are naturally positive, they look forward and can take the good from the past and use it as something to help with the present. We are a naturally optimistic species and we celebrate the good that we are given.”
A part of me was hoping just to see one last image of David in this, that just maybe, before his passing, he'd be in this video. It hits you even harder that with the "Lazarus" music video, that's it.
"Lazarus" will forever be the last time that we'll ever see David Bowie ever again. It hurts.
We miss you so much, Sailor.