Song of the Day #2,877: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – David Bowie

david_bowie_heroesWe pick up the David Bowie retrospective in the middle of his Berlin phase, with the release of 1977’s “Heroes”. On this album, Bowie followed the same pattern he established on Low, placing a selection of electronic rock songs on Side A and ambient instrumentals on Side B.

I like “Heroes” better than its predecessor, in part because the balance is tilted a little more toward the songs than the instrumentals.

The other reason is the presence of the title track, one of Bowie’s signature tunes. Written after Bowie spied a band member kissing a woman next to the Berlin Wall, the song is perhaps the most sweeping, romantic song in his catalog.

[Verse 1]
Weaving down a byroad, singing the song
That’s my kind of highroad gone wrong
My-my, smile at least

[Chorus]
You can’t say no to the Beauty and the Beast

[Verse 2]
Something in the night
Something in the day
Nothing is wrong but darling
Something’s in the way
There’s slaughter in the air
Protest on the wind
Someone else inside me
Someone could get skinned, how?
My-my, someone fetch a priest

[Chorus]
[You can’t say no to the Beauty and the Beast]
[You can’t say no to the Beauty and the Beast]
[You can’t say no to the Beauty and the Beast]

[Verse 3]
I wanted to believe me
I wanted to be good
I wanted no distractions
Like every good boy should
Nothing will corrupt us
Nothing will compete
Thank god heaven left us
Standing on our feet

[Chorus]
[You can’t say no to the Beauty and the Beast]
[You can’t say no to the Beauty and the Beast]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,877: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – David Bowie

  1. Dana says:

    Love “Heroes.” Today’s selection doesn’t grab me on first listen.

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