David Bowie says this song contains some opaque political reference, but I can’t hear it. I hear opaque political references where none are intended, but I don’t hear one here. Perhaps there’s something to be found in the visual accompaniment, but I don’t see that either besides a possible point about the mechanized and dehumanized state of American life. All I can hear is that he’s talking about the stars again, in his never-ending fascination with the skies. The star references all tie together and it feels like Bowie is pulling the strings tighter and tighter. There’s no relevance to any earthly particulars, no political message, nothing topical. It’s the stars, always, the stars.