Great vocal, great song, great Loving The Alien. I think everyones comments are spot on. I'm a Christian and not in the least offended because this is pure art, this song could mean many things.
It is thought provoking, like all great art should be. I'm not offended by art. I like to listen to hardcore metal, post-bop jazz, and gangsta rap. Then I watch TBN, and television evangelists. I'm not offended, I'm inspired by this song.
General Comment this is so meaningful. I don't know what "coeuf de leon" means. General Comment Yeah know. What's amazing is I've been listening to, and loving, this song for over 20 years and I can't say I've spent more than 30 minutes trying to figure it out.
Reading these lyrics now I cant help but see the dichotomy of the two major faiths. But, you can't back away from the idea Loving The Alien either God is the Alien. The unknown thing that we all must rationally and irrationally say exists. And our belief in that thing can move us to "rip the sky in two.
But then I remember that this album was very romantic, very fun--it was the 80's. And I stop thinking about what it means. I enjoy the imagery, the passion in his voice, the swoonie rhythms and I imagine I'm in Brazil loving the beautiful alien that can dance in the streets, near naked, without self-doubt as if she's ripping the sky in two.
General Comment It's Bowie just after turning into Masonry. The tales about Templars bearing Richard's "coeur de leon" cross, riding the Santiago de Compostela path are one of Masons impassionating themes, as well as slightly cynical views about religion.
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Life on Mars? SongMeanings is a place for discussion and discovery. User does not exist. Incorrect Password. I think its the only track on this album which is sort of timeless. It is a pompous grand piece and is the one track stopping Bowie fans from ditching the album totally as it is so good. The promo vid is ok I like the moment the fire starts as he is sat doing a britannia and he jumps!! Another thought provoking piece col well done.
Who was more qualified-Billy Bragg? I was expecting pushback on this one—I really wanted to like this song more than I did. Great structural analysis that makes a lot of sense. What makes a tune weak is often its structure, not so much the chords or even the lyrics. But if you study the actual structure of those old Beatles songs, what often impresses me is how concise and effective the songs were in terms of structural economy. But if Bowie applied that Beatles technique to Tonight, the entire album might have been shorter than side one of Low, with George Martin nowhere in sight, and the album distilled into only one song: The Secret Life of Arabia, which is as close as Loving the Alien gets.
In the sixties we see Bowie slowly bringing all the elements and influences together to give us the brilliance that was Bowie in the 70s and then in the 80s it is like watching it all fall apart. It is almost too painful to watch. You just want to kick yourself — how can these songs be so bad? Maybe try another listen — ah now see it is not so bad really — but wait — no damn it they are dreadful. Imagined this song on Outside or Heathen.
I totally agree. It needs a good cover done! It came out in and has been my go-to version of the song ever since. The Icehouse cover [primarily piano and vocals with string quartet] manages to paint the admittedly still flawed song it in its best possible light. The Icehouse version is indeed very very good—somewhat sublime.
It was also the last Bowie record I would buy for approximately 23 years. My real appreciation for Bowie only really blossomed in my mid thirties.
What made me go out and buy this particular record? I cannot really remember. I was only vaguely aware of who David Bowie was really. I think your interpretation Loving The Alien the song is a bit off, regardless of what Bowie says, he is not critiquing Christianity from the common perspective.
The second verse could also be interpreted as a critique of zionism terror in a best laid planthough it is much more a tenuous interpretation.
If so, that makes NLMD more depressing. The Loving The Alien really saved the song. I think the best thing about Loving the Alien lies in its chord progression. Back in what made him want to arrange the song that way? The long intro…no, no comparison to Station to Station.
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