Yassassin

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For the EP by Litfiba, see Yassassin (EP).
"Yassassin"
Single by David Bowie
from the album Lodger
B-side "Repetition" (Netherlands)
"Red Money" (Turkey)
Released June 1979 (Netherlands)
Format 7″ single
Recorded Mountain Studios, Montreux; September 1978; Record Plant Studios, New York, March 1979
Genre
Length 3:06 (single version)
4:10 (album version)
Label RCA Records
PB-9417 (Netherlands)
79.014 (Turkey)
Writer(s) David Bowie
Producer(s)
David Bowie singles chronology
"DJ"
(1979)
"Yassassin"
(1979)
"Look Back in Anger"
(1979)
Lodger track listing
"Move On"
(3)
"Yassassin"
(4)
"Red Sails"
(5)

"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, and the third single to be released from Lodger, but only in the Netherlands and Turkey.

The song's title 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'.

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]

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