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
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.
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.
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.
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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