Heathen (The Rays)

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Bowie reflecting on his own mortality. He said: "The words started appearing out of nowhere. I just couldn't control them."
  • Written prior to September 11, 2001, the song was released as the title track of Bowie's Heathen album nine months after the attacks giving it an added meaning.
  • Bowie's assertion that "all things must pass" was likely a nod to the recently deceased George Harrison.

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