[ ... ] Once there were mountains on mountains Once there were sun birds to soar with and once I could never be down I got to keep searching and searching Oh, what will I be believing and who will connect me with love? Wonderful, wonderful, wonder when Have you sought fortune, evasive and shy? Well, drink to the men who protect you and I Oh, drink, drink, raise your glass, raise your glass high It's not the side effects of the cocaine I'm thinking that it must be love It's too late to be grateful, it's too late to be late again It's too late to be hateful the European canon is here I must be only one in a million 'Cause I can't pass the day without her It's too late to be grateful, it's too late to be late again It's too late to be hateful the European canon is here Should I believe that I've been stricken? Does my face show some kind of glow? It's too late to be grateful, it's too late to be late again It's too late to be hateful the European canon is here Yes, it's too late It's too late, it's too late, it's too late, it's too late The European canon is here and yes it's too late Oh, it's too late, it's too late, it's too late, it's too late [ ... ]
“Station to Station” | David Bowie | 1976
The David Bowie Isolar – 1976 Tour was a concert tour in support of the album Station to Station. It opened on 2 February 1976 at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, and continued through North America and Europe, concluding at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France, on 18 May 1976. The tour is commonly referred to as Thin White Duke Tour, The Station to Station Tour, and The White Light Tour.
The performances began without introduction with a showing of the 1928 surrealist film by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, Un Chien Andalou, which includes a famous section of a razor blade cutting into a woman’s eyeball. Bowie appeared on stage immediately as the film finished, while the audience was still disoriented. The visual element of the performances incorporated banks of fluorescent white light set against black backdrops creating a stark spectacle on a stage largely devoid of props or other visual distractions. […]
“Isolar – 1976 Tour.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 18 June 2022, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolar_–_1976_Tour.
So the concert and the scene looked very different from what was recorded for the “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” movie of 1981. In the following video you can see what it looked really like.
Edited by Nacho Video in 2016, combining Phillipe Bergeron’s 1976 Montreal Forum footage, cut to Station to Station from the Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 album.
This video has it self its own story; read it and watch the whole live performance of Station to Station on Nacho Video’s channel.
Moreover, the English translation of the book in this case is not precise and a little bit misleading: Christiane refers to this song as “It is too late” and not with the correct title “Station to Station”. The line “it is too late”, as 13 years old not English native speaker, was probably the only sentence in the song she managed to understand and this explains the obsessive effect that the song had on her.