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About Heroes

"'Heroes'" is a song by English musician David Bowie. It was co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, and recorded in July and August 1977 at Hansa Studio by the Wall. It was released on 23 September 1977 as the lead single from his 12th studio album of the same name, backed with the song "V-2 Schneider". A product of Bowie's "Berlin" period, the track was not a huge hit in the United Kingdom or United States after its release, but it has since become one of his signature songs. In January 2016, following Bowie's death, the song reached a new peak of number 12 in the UK Singles Chart. "'Heroes'" has been cited as Bowie's second-most covered song after "Rebel Rebel". Inspired by the sight of Bowie's producer-engineer Tony Visconti embracing his lover by the Berlin Wall, the song tells the story of two lovers, one from East and one from West Berlin. Bowie's performance of "'Heroes'" on June 6, 1987, at the German Reichstag in West Berlin has been considered a catalyst to the later fall of the Berlin Wall. Following his death in January 2016, the German government thanked Bowie for "helping to bring down the Wall", adding "you are now among Heroes"."'Heroes'" has received numerous accolades since its release, as seen with its inclusion on lists ranking the "greatest songs of all time" compiled by the music publications; Rolling Stone named the song the 46th greatest ever, and NME named it the 15th greatest. Bowie scholar David Buckley has written that "'Heroes'" "is perhaps pop's definitive statement of the potential triumph of the human spirit over adversity". 


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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

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David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016), known by his stage name David Bowie ( /ˈboʊ.i/ BOH-ee), was an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work. more »

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Written by: Brian Peter George Eno, David Bowie

Lyrics © TINTORETTO MUSIC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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8 facts about this song

About the Song
"Heroes" is a song by British musician David Bowie, which was recorded in 1977. - It was first released on Bowie's 12th studio album, "Heroes".
Inspiration and Content
The title and lyrics were inspired by the sight of Bowie's producer, Tony Visconti, embracing his girlfriend by the Berlin Wall. - The song is about two lovers who meet at the Berlin Wall.
Cultural Impact
It has since become one of Bowie's signature songs and one of the most covered songs in his discography. - Over the years, "Heroes" has been used in various advertisements, movies, and television shows, in turn increasing its popularity and recognizability.
Recording and Production
The album, including the song "Heroes", was recorded only a few hundred yards from the Berlin Wall, which had a definite influence on the creation of the song. - The song's instrumental was largely created by Brian Eno, a renowned British musician and record producer.
Performance and Chart Success
"Heroes" was not an immediate hit; it only reached number 24 in the UK charts upon its initial release. - However, since Bowie’s death in 2016, the song has received new attention and it peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.
Critical Reception
Upon its release, "Heroes" received mixed reviews from music critics but has gained more favourable retrospectives over time. - It was listed as number 46 in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Cover Versions
Various famous artists and bands have covered "Heroes", including the likes of Blondie, Prince, and Oasis. - The Wallflowers' version of the song for the 1998 film "Godzilla" became a top-ten hit on the Billboard Alternative songs chart.
The song's theme of enduring in the face of adversity has made it an anthem for various causes, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London. - "Heroes" was also played at several venues across the world as a tribute to Bowie following his death in 2016.

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