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The Passenger

on Lust For Life

by Iggy Pop

First Played: 01/12/2002 03:50 PM
Last Played: 06/17/2022 09:46 AM
Total Plays: 312
 

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  • John Richards : 06/17/2022 09:46 AM
    The lyrics were written by Iggy Pop while riding in the S-Bahn (suburban metro railway) in Berlin. -- The music was written by Ricky Gardiner, a former member of the prog rock band Beggars Opera. He was idly strumming on his guitar while sitting under the apple blossom near his rural home when he came up with "The Passenger" chord sequence. He recalled, "It was a case of the chord sequence 'slipping through' while I was lost in the glory of a beautiful spring morning." Gardiner was a session guitarist on the Lust For Life sessions. He says, "When I was invited to join David and Iggy in Berlin, I did not realize that they needed material, so I was unprepared when they asked me if I had anything." Gardiner played them his chord sequence on an unplugged Stratocaster. -- Do you hear a familiar voice? Yes, David Bowie originally sang backup vocals for the repeated "La-La"s in the chorus.
  • Kevin Cole : 05/13/2022 05:44 PM
    Similar to other tracks on Lust for Life, the lyrics for "The Passenger" were mostly composed on the spot in the studio. They were inspired by a Jim Morrison poem, titled "The Lords", that saw "modern life as a journey by car", as well as rides on the Berlin S-Bahn, according to Pop's former girlfriend Esther Friedmann.
  • John Richards : 04/26/2022 09:49 AM
    "Since we seem to be going old school this morning Iggy Pop, The Passenger having a great time listening as always!" -Katherine
  • Kevin Cole : 03/09/2022 06:28 PM
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  • Dr. West : 02/12/2022 10:58 PM
    Similar to other tracks on Lust for Life, the lyrics for "The Passenger" were mostly composed on the spot in the studio. They were inspired by a Jim Morrison poem, titled "The Lords", that saw "modern life as a journey by car", as well as rides on the Berlin S-Bahn, according to Pop's former girlfriend Esther Friedmann.

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