I Can't Give Everything Away
|"I Can't Give Everything Away"|
|Single by David Bowie|
|from the album ★|
|Released||6 April 2016|
|Studio||The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios (New York, NY)|
|David Bowie singles chronology|
"I Can't Give Everything Away" is a song by English musician David Bowie. It is the seventh and final track on his twenty-fifth studio album, ★ (2016), and was released posthumously as the album's third and final single on 6 April 2016. The track was written by David Bowie and was produced by both he and Tony Visconti.
"I Can't Give Everything Away" received positive reviews from critics. Sam Richards of NME called the song "a serene, lilting number", while Ben Skipper of the IB Times labelled it as a "beautiful and moving farewell". Neil McCormick of The Telegraph called the song an "epic closing track", commenting that "Bowie sounds like he is grappling with his own mystery: 'Seeing more and feeling less / Saying no but meaning yes / This is all I ever meant / That's the message that I sent.'"
On 6 April 2016 an animated lyric video was released, created by Jonathan Barnbrook, who also designed the album's artwork. He explained his motives behind the video as follows:
“This is really a very simple little video that I wanted to be ultimately positive,” Barnbrook says. “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.”
"I Can't Give Everything Away" impacted radio worldwide and was playlisted at BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, Absolute and Radio X in the UK.
A reworked version of the song, known as "I Can't Give Everything Away (Farewell Mix)", was performed by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, with whom Bowie had collaborated and toured on occasions, during their I Can't Seem To Wake Up tour. Singer Trent Reznor stated he made the remix as a healing factor to cope with Bowie's death. Reznor had anonymously uploaded a studio version of the remix to Soundcloud several months before performing it live. The studio version features only Bowie's vocals, while performing the song live Reznor sings along with Bowie's vocals.
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||45|
|Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)||33|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||141|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||39|
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