"Station to Station" is a song written by David Bowie in 1975 and released in 1976. It is the title track and opener for the album of the same name. The song is Bowie's longest studio recording, clocking in just above 10 minutes. Structurally, the song builds from a droning, guitar-driven introductory portion that mimics a train building up speed, to an uptempo section punctuated by the refrain "It's too late."
The lyrics contain various references to Aleister Crowley, Kabbalah and gnosticism. Bowie stated that "The "Station to Station" track itself is very much concerned with the stations of the cross." It is on this track that Bowie introduces himself as "The Thin White Duke". It also contains the oft-quoted lyric, "It's not the side-effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love."
A live version recorded on tour at the Philadelphia Spectrum, April 28–29, 1978, was released on Stage. This version was also featured in the Christiane F. movie, where Bowie made an appearance as himself performing the song at a concert. An edit of this version was released on the soundtrack of the movie
A live version recorded on the 1983 tour was released on Serious Moonlight VHS and DVD