Yassassin

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For the EP by Litfiba, see Yassassin (EP).
"Yassassin (Turkish for "Long Live")"
Single by David Bowie
from the album Lodger
B-side "Repetition"
Released June 1979 in the Netherlands
Format 7" single
Recorded Mountain Studios, Montreux; September 1978; Record Plant Studios, New York, March 1979
Genre Reggae, world
Length 4:13
Label RCA
PB 9417 (Netherlands)
Writer(s) David Bowie
Producer(s) David Bowie, Tony Visconti
David Bowie singles chronology
"DJ"
(1979)
"Yassassin"
(1979)
"Look Back in Anger"
(1979)
Lodger track listing
"Move On"
(3)
"Yassassin (Turkish for Long Live)"
(4)
"Red Sails"
(5)

"Yassassin (Turkish "yaşasın" for "Long Live")" is a song written by David Bowie for the 1979 album Lodger. "Yassassin" is an incongruous reggae song with a Turkish flavour, and the third single to be released from Lodger, but only in the Netherlands and Turkey.

The actual Turkish verb used to wish someone a long life is spelled yaşasın (pronounced [jaʃaˈsɯn]).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Yassassin" (Bowie) – 4:13
  2. "Repetition" (Bowie) – 2:59

Production credits[edit]

Cover versions[edit]