''The song is about facing reality and standing up to it. About achieving a sense of compassion and deriving some joy from the very simple pleasure of being alive.'' - David Bowie
''It was inspired by a pair of young lovers I used to watch from the window of Hansa Studios as they met by the Berlin Wall. Actually, it was Tony Visconti and his girlfriend. Tony was married at the time, so I couldn’t talk about it. But I can now say that the lovers were Tony and a German girl Antonia Maass that he’d met while we were in Berlin. I think possibly his marriage was in the last few months. And it was very touching because I could see that Tony was very much in love with this girl, and it was that relationship which sort of motivated the song.'' - David Bowie
''When we did ‘Heroes’ at the 1987 Berlin concert it felt anthemic, almost like a prayer”. I’ve never felt it like that again. That’s the town where it was written, and that’s the particular situation it was written about. It was just extraordinary. I was so drained after the show.'' - David Bowie
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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