I remember being really young, riding in the back of my parents' car and listening to this song on the radio. I was completely captivated by the narrative and then I got really choked up, which surprised me and which I didn't understand.
You didn't need to be a David Bowie Fan to be a fan of David Bowie. We're lucky he created so much, contributed so much to the artistic landscape, right up 'till the end, and unlucky not to see what else he might have done. Just 69.
Here's the official version of the video with a more familiar-sounding version of the song: