"The Secret Life of Arabia" as written by and David/eno Bowie....
The secret life of Arabia
Secret, secret never seen
Secret, secret ever green

I was running at the speed of life
Through morning's thoughts and fantasies
Then I saw your eyes at the cross fades (secret, secret, never seen)
Secret, secret ever green

The secret life of Arabia
Never here, never seen
Secret life, ever green

The secret life of Arabia
You must see the movie the sand in my eyes
I walk through a desert song when the heroine dies

Arabia
(Secret, secret)
Arabia
Secret
Arabia
(Secret, secret)
Arabia
Arabia
(Secret, secret)
Arabia
Arabia
(Secret, secret)
Arabia
Arabia
(Secret, secret)

The secret life of Arabia
Never here, never seen
Secret life, ever green


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"The Secret Life of Arabia" as written by Carlos Alomar David Bowie

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    General CommentTake the first main phrase starting with "I was running...": that, as you may know from reading my other Bowie lyric interpretations, is about him reeling through another meditation session. The next phrase, or line, "you must see the movie" (meditational visions in the mind; "visualizations") followed by "the sand in my eyes", (really just, "what do you do when the sand is blowing in your eyes?" You close them, trying with tension) then capped with "I walk through the desert song(sun?) when the heroine dies"....well now, there are two interpretations I have: 1) if it's "song", then it's the actual music he creates in his mind while in this state of deep meditation, deep in the "desert mind", empty, "zen", whatever. or 2) if it's "sun", really the same thing as we've all seen the Ziggy pics of him with large sun-disk upon forehead(really a golden sphere within the mind [yes, drugs and meditation made this clearer for me]), then say, something a bit different...we could say that this desert is forbidding and harsh...it's the mind he's left with after the "heroin dies"...after a heroin trip trying to meditate...hard to do as the mind and body is wrung of its neurochemical richness and all other things within the body covered by flesh and the microscopic nature of cells along with that which is seen in the mind's eye but not ocular eyes, etc. (secret never seen). But the "heroine" here is one of the feminine aspects of the mind symbolized by female characters of the Tarot's major arcana and Sephira of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. Even the "Starry Faced Virgin, the Black Madonna" of the "wide night sky"(space) that plays cradle and birthplace of the other celestial bodies(the Sun being the Kether, Space being Binah..look it up). Anyways, when this "mother" no longer births anything, the world is a vast clean slate of a desert of a mind from which something will eventually grow just as an ever-green( a triangle, paired with its converse, inverted triangle, you get the start of david). Anyways, the Evergreen is the body through which, like crystals, grow the furried branches of nerves and veins to perceive. A bit disjointed in there, but you'll figure it out if you want.
    liplexon October 04, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentEasily my favorite song of the "Heroes" album. So...memorable.
    ferret111on December 24, 2008   Link

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