Heroes // David Bowie

©2021 Michael Raven

I have “an issue”.

Every single time I listen to this song, I get teary-eyed.

I’m very much a product of the 70s: Boys don’t cry.


I had crying beat out of me by the fourth grade by classmates, combined with societal shaming. Just like you didn’t shit your pants past a certain age, if you are a boy, you didn’t cry. Under any circumstance.

You think I’d be able to change that. But I can’t unless I get extremely emotionally wound up. However, there are a few things, like this song, which trigger something very close. I have no idea why (although, lately, I have my suspicions based on certain matters which will remain private for personal reasons).

Movie scenes, as I’ve mentioned before, that get me nearly weepy are Rodrigo’s redemption scene from The Mission and Valmont’s duel scene from Dangerous Liaisons (Malkovich version). There are others.

I, I can remember
Standing by the wall
And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed as though 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

key word: lifetimes

2 thoughts on “Heroes // David Bowie

  1. Great song, but not one of my favourites, probably because of the overkill of exposure (bit like the Aladdin Sane image really).
    The one that always gets to me is Letter to Hermione. Never fails. Yeah, I get the ‘boys don’t cry’ stuff too.

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