"The Hearts Filthy Lesson" as written by and Eno David Bowie....
(Hearts filthy lesson)
(Hearts filthy lesson)
(Hearts filthy lesson)

There's always the Diamond friendly
Sitting in the Laugh Motel
The Hearts Filthy lesson
With her hundred miles to hell

Oh, Ramona - if there was only something between us
If there was only something between us
Other than our clothes

Something in our skies
Something in our skies
Something in our blood
Something in our skies

Paddy
Paddy
Who's been wearing Miranda's clothes?

It's the hearts filthy lesson
Hearts filthy lesson
Hearts filthy lesson
Falls upon deaf ears
(Hearts Filthy Lesson)
It's the hearts filthy lesson
Hearts filthy lesson
Hearts filthy lesson
Falls upon deaf ears
Falls upon dead ears

(Hearts filthy lesson)
(Hearts filthy lesson)
(Hearts filthy lesson)
Oh Ramona, if there was only some kind of future
Oh Ramona, if there was only some kind of future
And these cerulean skies

Something in our skies
Something in our skies
Something in our blood
Something in our skies

Paddy, Paddy?

Paddy will you carry me, I think I've lost my way
(Hearts filthy lesson, Hearts filthy lesson)
I'm already five years older I'm already in my grave
(Hearts filthy lesson, Hearts filthy lesson)
I'm already
I'm already
I'm already
(Hearts filthy lesson, Hearts filthy lesson)
Will you carry me?
Oh Paddy, I think I've lost my way

Paddy, what a fantastic death abyss
Paddy, what a fantastic death abyss
(Hearts filthy lesson)
It's the Hearts Filthy Lesson
Tell the others
(Hearts filthy lesson)
It's the Hearts Filthy Lesson
What a fantastic death abyss
Tell the others
(Hearts filthy lesson)
It's the Hearts Filthy Lesson
Paddy, what a fantasic death abyss
(Hearts filthy lesson)
It's the Hearts Filthy Lesson
Tell the others


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"The Hearts Filthy Lesson" as written by David Bowie Brian Peter George Eno

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    General CommentOH! I just thought of this. And it makes sense. But if it has any correlation to the entire 1. Outside album, well then, I simply do not know.

    I think person it could be about a guy who has suffered a loss (wife, girlfriend or lover dying) and this song is about how he feels. Perhaps this dead woman is Miranda. And then this Ramona character is the new “interested” lover on the scene. He is attracted to her, but can’t help but feel like he is cheating on his dead partners (Miranda’s) memory. He has perhaps lived in with this Ramona, and she’s gotten into his head and Miranda’s old clothes trying to be her. Thus is he asking his father (I don’t know why, but I call my father “Paddy”) for help and support (“will you carry me, I think I’ve lost my way”) in telling other family to leave him alone in “a fantastic death abyss”?

    In the end, he tells Ramona “if only there’s something between us” – as an excuse to run off and away from the situation he has found himself in. Falling in love with another after the passing of a loved one is, in my eyes, the hearts filthy lesson.

    “Always a diamond friendly” – there will always be someone other bright gem (person) around for you, even after the death of a loved one.

    There. Take that meaning.
    MandyBowieon July 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningBefore debating what any of the songs on this album are about, it's probably a good idea to read bowie's short story for it first. Based on that... I'd say your explanations are way off. The album is about a detective investigating the "art murder" of a girl referred to as Baby Grace. Ramona was probably her mother and a dealer in jewelry made from body parts.

    The short story the entire album is based on is here: hem.bredband.net/stuabr/…
    Methusalahon August 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWhen I listen to this song, it makes me think of lust. The Hearts Filthy Lesson to me means being with someone that at first you thought could be love but in reality it is nothing more than sex, no deep emotional feelings or connections just sexual pleasure.
    lalaindsayon July 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCool song, interesting song title, interesting bowie lyrics as always.
    Eatcarpeton September 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis plays during the end credits of Se7en.
    You kinda hear it and start dancing on your way out of the cinema.
    ikhabaat_craneon February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Trent Reznor remix is killer.
    FaaipDeOaidon April 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou should see the music video for this song. its strange and fantastic. kind of hard to understand it...but its amazingly done. i adore this song and all of the Outside album.
    rockyhorrorrebelon January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is telling you that no matter how you feel or what you think, you can't control your heart when it comes to love and such. I believe that whoever Bowie is in the character of in this song likes Ramona alot, but thinks that nothing will come of it because of his past experiences with women, mainly someone called Miranda (the heart's filthy lesson, which is falling upon deaf ears). He is asking Paddy for help as he believs that by liking Ramona, he is losing his way.

    However, in the end he accepts that he loves Ramona, even though he will end up getting hurt. Thus, "What a fantastic death abyss". He hopes getting hurt by Ramona will finally teach his heart the filthy lesson.

    I thought of all this as soon as I heard/saw the lyrics, although the line "something in our skies" has completly lost me.
    shadowsilenceon March 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA very,very Strange yet catchy backdrop to the ending of Se7en.The heart's filthy lesson,me thinks,is the dark knowledge of the evil we are cappable of ,as Somerset and Mills tragically dicover in the movie.Can't really say I understand how all the lyrics fit in though especially the lines,
    "Paddy,who's been wearing Miranda's clothes?"
    I think I'll understand more when I listen to the album as a whole.
    amagusinsuburbiaon October 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMandyBowie gave a good explanation, yet I don't think David would call it "filthy". There must be something darker in it. I don't think there's much love between Ramona and him, I think it's just sexual, therefore "filthy". ("If there was only something between us, Other than our clothes")

    What makes most sense to me is that it's about cheating on your spouse because you find someone interesting and can't let her go, there's something that attracts him to her although he has a wifeúgirlfriend and doesn't want to end the relationship. It's more of a curiosity. Yet in the flirt he still sees his wife ("Are you wearing Miranda's clothes?")

    The other part of the song is about fear of death, then conquering death and wanting to let everyone know it's not as horrible as it seems.
    Ashtray-girlon July 30, 2009   Link

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