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Single by David Bowie
from the album Lodger
  • "Repetition" (Netherlands)
  • "Red Money" (Turkey)
ReleasedJuly 1979[1] (Netherlands)
Format7″ single
RecordedMountain Studios, Montreux; September 1978; Record Plant Studios, New York City, March 1979
Length3:06 (single version)
4:10 (album version)
LabelRCA Records
PB-9417 (Netherlands)
79.014 (Turkey)
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"Look Back in Anger"

"Yassassin" (Bowie's pronunciation /jɑːˈsɑːsɪn/; also known as "Yassassin (Turkish for: Long Live)", and released in Turkey as "Yassassin (Yaşasın)") is a song written by David Bowie for the 1979 album Lodger. "Yassassin" is an incongruous reggae song with a Turkish flavour[citation needed] that appears to be at least partly inspired by the 1936 jazz standard "Caravan", echoing its chord progression, melody, and Middle Eastern sensibility.[original research?] The title of the song is derived from the Turkish verb used to wish someone a long life, spelled yaşasın (pronounced [jaʃaˈsɯn]), from the verbal root yaşa- 'live' with the third-person imperative ending; therefore yaşasın literally means 'may he/she live'.

"Yassassin" was released as a single -- the third single to be released from Lodger -- but only in the Netherlands and Turkey. The Dutch single edit of the song was included on Re:Call 3, part of the A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982) compilation (2017).[2]

Track listing[edit]

RCA PB-9417 (Netherlands)[edit]

  1. "Yassassin" (David Bowie) – 3:06
  2. "Repetition" (Bowie) – 2:58

RCA 79.014 (Turkey)[edit]

  1. "Yassassin" (Bowie)
  2. "Red Money" (Bowie, Carlos Alomar)

Production credits[edit]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Nicholas Pegg (2016). The Complete David Bowie: p.318
  2. ^ "A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982) - David Bowie Latest News". DavidBowie.com. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2017.