"Loving the Alien" as written by and D. Bowie....
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    My OpinionEveryone is so right. After all most true artists, and I believe Bowie is one of them, likes for people to take away what they will from any song. This song is brilliant. Just FYI the Templars where Christians Knights in the Middle Ages and Saracens are Islams of the same time period. Then Bowie ties it in to todays Holy War in Palestine. For me, this song brought to the forefront the old saying about those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it along with the comments that Bonehead and Hallospacegirl about war in the name of God and blind, unthinking devotion all go to prove that this song is an amazing statement as well as a wonderful piece of art. On top of ALL of that the arrangement and Bowie's vocals are just perfect. The brilliance of Bowie is at its best right here.
    Ravengyrlon May 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree that it's about religion causing more conflict than it resolves.
    I always thought that the line "Your prayers will break the sky in two" refers to how each side in a conflict prays to God for help, and both sides believe that they have God's favour.
    It could also mean how people pray for solutions to their problems, as if their personal worries are so important that God would crack the sky in two just to descend to Earth to help them.
    jltc008on March 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a lovely song. It could mean many things
    bibaon April 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDeals with religious problems all over the world, I think. I think it deals with whole people, like terrorist or the witch burnings for example, can justify doing terrible things in the name of religion. It's okay because God told me too.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti totally agree with what bonehead said. i first heard this song a while after 9/11, when the wars were starting, and it was like this song hit the sentiments spot on.

    here's my interpretation. it deals with the problems in the middle east involving christians and muslims ("templars and sacacens"), but as bonehead said, can extend to all religions. people think that prayers will take away all sins. but blind devotion (not just faith, but blind, unthinking devotion) will hide the real problems ("hide the saddest view"), and it will clash and cause wars ("break the sky in two"). but ultimately, do you really know what you're worshipping and believing in ("loving the alien") or are you just excessively worshipping ("until the break of dawn") without question and without thought?
    hallospacegirlon September 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is of of my faves from Bowie. Great vocal, great song, great arrangement. I think everyones comments are spot on. I'm a Christian and not in the least offended because this is pure art, this song could mean many things. It is thought provoking, like all great art should be. I'm not offended by art. I like to listen to hardcore metal, post-bop jazz, and gangsta rap. Then I watch TBN, and television evangelists. I'm not offended, I'm inspired by this song.
    mrhornon October 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is so meaningful. we should all just love people despite of their religion and not kill them because of these differences.
    saviourmachineon May 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentCorrect me if I'm wrong, but isn't it Coeur de Lion? I don't know what "coeuf de leon" means.
    Xalis1on October 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah know. What's amazing is I've been listening to, and loving, this song for over 20 years and I can't say I've spent more than 30 minutes trying to figure it out. Reading these lyrics now I cant help but see the dichotomy of the two major faiths. But, you can't back away from the idea that either God is the Alien. The unknown thing that we all must rationally and irrationally say exists. And our belief in that thing can move us to "rip the sky in two." I take that to mean that when we decide exactly what that unknown is we separate ourselves from others, come into conflict with them because of our distinction, and blow them up with a-bombs. His extension from the Templers/Saracins to the mid-east takes me from the "simple" conflicts of the past (arrows/swords) to our capacity for conflict now (nukes 80's, cyber/biological now).

    But then I remember that this album was very romantic, very fun--it was the 80's. And I stop thinking about what it means. I enjoy the imagery, the passion in his voice, the swoonie rhythms and I imagine I'm in Brazil loving the beautiful alien that can dance in the streets, near naked, without self-doubt as if she's ripping the sky in two.
    atrummyon December 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's Bowie just after turning into Masonry. The tales about Templars bearing Richard's ("coeur de leon") cross, riding the Santiago de Compostela path are one of Masons impassionating themes, as well as slightly cynical views about religion.
    josé luison February 21, 2015   Link

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