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David Bowie - Heroes



This song tells the story of a German couple who are so determined to be together that they meet every day under a gun turret on The Berlin Wall. Bowie, who was living in Berlin at the time, was inspired by an affair between his producer Tony Visconti and backup singer Antonia Maass, who would kiss "by the wall" in front of Bowie as he looked out of the Hansa Studio window. Bowie didn't mention Visconti's role in inspiring this song until 2003, when he told Performing Songwriter magazine: "I'm allowed to talk about it now. I wasn't at the time. I always said it was a couple of lovers by the Berlin Wall that prompted the idea. Actually, it was Tony Visconti and his girlfriend. Tony was married at the time. And I could never say who it was (laughs). But I can now say that the lovers were Tony and a German girl that he'd met whilst we were in Berlin. I did ask his permission if I could say that. I think possibly the marriage was in the last few months, and it was very touching because I could see that Tony was very much in love with this girl, and it was that relationship which sort of motivated the song."



Lyrics


I, I will be king


And you, you will be queen


Though nothing will drive them away


We can beat them just for one day


We can be heroes just for one day



And you, you can be mean


And I, I'll drink all the time


'Cause we're lovers, and that is a fact


Yes, we're lovers, and that is that



Though nothing will keep us together


We could steal time just for one day


We can be heroes forever and ever


What d'you say?



I, I wish you could swim


Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim



Though nothing, nothing will keep us together


We can beat them forever and ever


Oh, we can be heroes just for one day



I, I will be king


And you, you will be queen


Though nothing will drive them away


We can be heroes, just for one day


We can be us just for one day



I, I can remember (I remember)


Standing by the wall (By the wall)


And the guns shot above our heads (Over our heads)


And we kissed as though nothing could fall (Nothing could fall)



And the shame was on the other side


Oh, we can beat them forever and ever


Then we could be heroes just for one day



We can be heroes


We can be heroes


We can be heroes just for one day


We can be heroes



We're nothing, and nothing will help us


Maybe we're lying, then you better not stay


But we could be safer just for one day


Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, just for one day

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