“Heroes” is one of my favorite Bowie songs from my favorite period in his career, the “Berlin Era.” It’s the title track from the classic album he made with Brian Eno in 1977. And I was intrigued by the lyrics’ fusion of romantic melodrama and implied political turmoil (“I can remember/Standing by the Wall/And the guns shot above out heads/And we kissed so nothing would fall”), a juxtaposition that one doesn’t discover until the very last verse of the song. Without more lyrical detail on setting, it allowed plenty of room for interpretation. And I felt this image best represented that clash between a budding romance and an increasingly unstable political environment. ~Dmitri Jackson
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