Day 20 song challenge: A song that has many meanings for you. This one, of the 30 challenges, is the hard one. I’ve selected David Bowie’s “Heroes”. I always thought this song to be about the excitement and futility of love. (Another song that I always wanted to be played at my wedding, in case I ever had one.)
Preparing for this post, I could think of songs that I could interpret through different angles, but I couldn’t think of anything that I gave different meanings to. I know I have, but I couldn’t recall any. So, I think I’m cheating. But that’s fair.
I was reading about this song and the circumstances of Bowie writing it. He saw his friend embracing his girlfriend beneath the Berlin Wall’s expanse and was thinking about Germany’s division. The deeper meaning of the song is the greater power of love, politically for example, to unite peoples. The king and queen in the song would be heroes by uniting East and West Germany. And, less metaphorically, that’s actually what it took. Thousands of people, family, friends, and lovers had their lives interrupted by that damn wall, and finally, it was their love that brought the wall down.
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