Heroes

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David Bowie
1947 - 2016

'Heroes' is a cover of the Davie Bowie song of the same name recorded as a tribute to the late musician by Depeche Mode. This song has significance to the beginnings and formation of Depeche Mode. Prior to changing the group name to Depeche Mode, Composition Of Sound (comprising Martin Gore, Andrew Fletcher, and Vince Clarke) heard Dave Gahan singing the song at a rehearsal (1980-04-0x Rehearsal, Woodlands School, Basildon, Essex, England, UK) and were impressed with Gahan's performance, leading to his invitation to join the group.

The band would later include the song in their live set list for the Global Spirit tour, where it was first performed at New York's Highline Stages on August 3rd, 2016. The performance was recorded and filmed, but is yet to be released officially.

Notes

Dave Gahan told Classic Pop magazine in March 2017: "When we started rehearsing I brought up the idea of maybe doing a Bowie cover especially after losing him. Martin and I are both huge fans, and still are. So it just seemed right, Martin was into it. It's got a real early Depeche flavour to it."

Full track sample

An excellent in-ear monitor recording of "Heroes" from 2017-06-25 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy was uploaded to YouTube. The best available audio (M4A 128kbps) was captured from the video and is mirrored here for your listening enjoyment and in case that video is deleted in the future.

Lyrics


Heroes[1]

I, I will be king

And you, you will be my queen


Though nothing will keep us together

We can beat them, for ever and ever

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, that is that

Though nothing will keep us together

We could beat them, just for one day

We can be heroes, just for one day


I, I wish I could swim

Like the dolphins, like the dolphins can swim

Though nothing, will drive them away

We can beat them, just for one day

We can be heroes, forever and ever

What d'you say?


I, I will be king

And you, you will be queen

Though nothing can keep us together

We can beat them, forever and ever

We can be heroes, just for one day


I, I can remember (I remember)

Standing by the wall (by the wall)

And the guns shot above our heads (all around us)

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

And the shame, it fell on the other side

Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever

We could be heroes, just for one day

What d'you say?


We can be heroes

Just for one day

We can be heroes


Though nothing will keep us together

Maybe we're lying, then you better not stay

We can be heroes

Just for one day


Oh-oh-oh-ohh, oh-oh-oh-ohh


Oh-oh-oh-ohh, oh-oh-oh-ohh


We can be heroes

Oh-oh-oh-ohh, oh-oh-oh-ohh

Just for one day

Oh-oh-oh-ohh, oh-oh-oh-ohh

Just for one day


Songwriter: David Bowie
Publishing Information: ©1977 RCA Records. All rights reserved.

Dates with available recordings of Heroes

There are currently 20 recordings of Heroes available.

Dates where Heroes was played

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Heroes was played 62 times during this tour.

References

  1. As with many covers of this classic David Bowie song, the placement of certain verses differs slightly from the original recording. As the verse placement also differs slightly between live recordings, Depeche Mode's Highline Sessions cover version is referenced for the lyrics displayed on this page.