I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing, will drive them away
We can beat them, just for one day
We can be heroes, just for one day

And you, you can be mean
And I, I'll drink all the time
'Cause we're lovers, and that is a fact
Yes we're lovers, and that is that

Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time, just for one day
We can be heroes, forever and ever
What'd you say?

I, I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, forever and ever
Oh we can be heroes, just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guns, shot above our heads (over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall)
And the shame, was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, forever and ever
Then we could be heroes, just for one day

We can be heroes
We can be heroes
We can be heroes
Just for one day
We can be heroes

We're nothing, and nothing will help us
Maybe we're lying, then you better not stay
But we could be safer, just for one day
Oh-oh-oh-ohh, oh-oh-oh-ohh, just for one day


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Heroes Lyrics as written by David Bowie Brian Peter George Eno

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    This song was written when the Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall were still up. During that time, there were passes given to the people on the West (free) side to visit the East (communist) side for a day. Sometimes people would meet while on the East side, and short of subjecting yourself to the terror and oppression of living there, you'd have to abandon any hope of ever having a normal life with that person (or even seeing them again in some cases).

    "I, I wish you could swim Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim Though nothing, nothing will keep us together We can beat them, for ever and ever"

    The first verse describes how people would try to escape East Berlin. Some would swim where the wall was low, risking drowning in the freezing water of the river.

    "I, I will be king And you, you will be queen Though nothing, nothing will drive them away We can be Heroes, just for one day We can be us, just for one day"

    Nothing would ever cause the guards on the Wall to go away, for any amount of time. One day is all they have.

    "I, I remember standing, by the wall And the guns, shot above our heads And we kissed, as though nothing could fall And the shame, was on the other side Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever"

    They stood by the wall on the West side, as the guards shot at people trying to escape. "The shame" is the communist government on the East side, and they're sharing what could possibly be their last kiss.

    As for what this song means to me, I believe it can be applied to any situation where two people who want to be together can't for some very serious reasons.

    Hope this helped anyone who's wondering.

    RavenBlackbowon June 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is so pretty...but I have no idea what it means! Help!

    tracieon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think what J. Dylan is trying to portray is that though we'd all like to be super heroes with special powers, we really don't need anything but our own courage and will to become heroes...even if it is just for one day...

    Sephirothon May 23, 2002   Link
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    I think what J. Dylan is trying to portray is that though we'd all like to be super heroes with special powers, we really don't need anything but our own courage and will to become heroes...even if it is just for one day...

    Sephirothon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    except he didnt write it

    RJon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    it' be helpful if you included who actually wrote it...

    Sephirothon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Yeah, David Bowie wrote it. Hahaha.

    the wretchedon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i do remember hearing this song somewhere else and they guy who sung it didn't sound like Dylan at all so I don't know

    Sephirothon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    well i'll be damned...lol

    Sephirothon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    =D

    the wretchedon May 23, 2002   Link

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