David Bowie held a microphone in the most British way he could think of.
It’s not a riff. Riffs are chunky, and they stop and start. It’s a line.
Robert Fripp played it on the record, which makes sense. It’s not music a human would come up with.
Every band should have a half-naked Puerto Rican playing percussion while dancing like his dick’s on fire. Shit, everything should have a half-naked Puerto Rican playing percussion while dancing like his dick’s on fire : Little League games, funerals, appendectomies.
He changed the words around, or maybe the song changed its own words around.
These are the first lines from the recorded version:
I…I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
But a few years later, he started singing this verse first:
You…you can be mean
And I…I’ll drink all the time.
Cause we’re lovers, and that is a fact
The second way’s better.
Essay Question #1: Compare and contrast Heroes to Queen’s We Are The Champions.
Best part: false ending. (The false ending is the best part of any song with a false ending. Old tricks get to be old because they always work.)
Second-best part: WHAT’D I SAY? I SAID IIIIIIIIIIIIIII…
I could be king.
And you could be my queen.
And just for one day, at that.
It’s a sad song. All of the best songs are secretly sad.
I won’t mention the “FEED THE WORLD” sign in between the Pepsi and Kodak ads if you won’t.