"Yassassin" (Bowie's pronunciation //; 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. It also 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'.
|Single by David Bowie|
|from the album Lodger|
|Released||July 1979 (Netherlands)|
|Recorded||Mountain Studios, Montreux; September 1978; Record Plant Studios, New York City, March 1979|
|Length||3:06 (single version)|
4:10 (album version)
|David Bowie singles chronology|
"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).
RCA PB-9417 (Netherlands)Edit
- "Yassassin" (David Bowie) – 3:06
- "Repetition" (Bowie) – 2:58
RCA 79.014 (Turkey)Edit
- "Yassassin" (Bowie)
- "Red Money" (Bowie, Carlos Alomar)
- Litfiba - 12-inch single (1984)
- Nicholas Pegg (2016). The Complete David Bowie: p.318
- "A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982) - David Bowie Latest News". DavidBowie.com. 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2017-09-30.