Oh we can beat them, forever and ever
Then we could be heroes, just for one day.

這大概是David Bowie最常被翻唱或重製的歌曲之一。在聽Bowie專輯時,我經常把這首歌跳過,因為這首歌有極高的重複性,重複的節奏,重複的歌詞,重複的旋律,編曲相當單調,一直一直堆疊。當自己處於一個孬、憤世嫉俗、自我批判、自我懷疑的狀態時,這首歌相當能夠激起煩躁感......

David Bowie live Heroes(David Bowie的live版本會多一點improvisation的變化。)


然而歌詞之所以經典,是因為簡單卻有煽動性,啟動人性底層的潛能與意志:人都想成為英雄、做自己,就算只有一瞬間;只要你想,只要有愛,你可以克服一切,有所成就,永遠如此。(當年創作背景與靈感是來自冷戰的柏林與不倫男女戀情...)

所以當這首歌用在烘托與人性有關的議題或情節之中,搭配高超的影像和導演敘事,完全讓人無法抵檔而熱淚盈眶啊~

Toyota身為2020東京奧運和帕運官方贊助企業,發起What wows you的campaign,回歸探討人性深處最原始感動的東西,找出展望未來的原動力,以Heroes作爲campaign主題曲。

鈴木ㄧ朗我討厭你!イチローが嫌いだ


Toyota vision


李安最新作品《比利.林恩的中場戰事》也選擇了Heroes,Scala and Kolacny Brothers的版本,女聲合唱和鋼琴伴奏為主的編曲,創造不同於男聲vocal的氛圍和能量形式。

Heroes - Scala and Kolacny Brothers


《比利.林恩的中場戰事》預告片


重新體會到為何Heroes是David Bowie的留名的重要作品之一了。

Lyrics:

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

Songwriters: BOWIE, DAVID / ENO, BRIAN / LINDBLAD, ALESSANDRO / NILSSON, TOVE EBBA ELSA

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