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David Bowie — Helden
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Du
Könntest Du schwimmen
Wie Delphine
Delphine es tun
Niemand gibt uns eine Chance
Doch können wir siegen
Für immer und immer
Und wir sind dann Helden
Für einen Tag
Ich
Ich bin dann König
Und Du
Du Königin
Obwohl sie
Unschlagbar scheinen
Werden wir Helden
Für einen Tag
Wir sind dann wir
An diesem Tag
Ich
Ich glaub' das zu träumen
Die Mauer
Im Rcken war kalt
Die Schüsse reissen die Luft
Doch wir küssen
Als ob nichts geschieht
Und die Scham fiel auf ihre Seite
Oh, wir können sie schlagen
Für alle Zeiten
Dann sind wir Helden
Nur diesen Tag
Dann sind wir Helden
Dann sind wir Helden
Dann sind wir Helden
Nur diesen Tag
Dann sind wir Helden
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 joe-1 wrote:
This is great! Anyone know why David made this song in German?

 
Maybe because it was recorded in Berlin? The story behind the song was that he was inspired to write it after watching two people kissing in the shadow of the Berlin Wall.

I prefer the German version (and no, I don't speak it). Amazingly, there was a time when classic rock stations here in the good ol' USA played this version.
Simply ausgezeichnet!
Yes!!!!
 joe-1 wrote:
This is great! Anyone know why David made this song in German?
 
Same reason why the Beatles performed some songs in German (it f***ng sells). And I think the Christiane F.-movie was an additional factor..


 chamrousse1450 wrote:
Sounds like his lederhosen are a bit tight.
 
Haaaa...! FUNNY!

Somehow it always reminds me of the fabulous Karel Gott ("und diese Biene, die iccchhh meine die heißt Maja"). Nice accent, echt!
I prefer Bowie's version in HASSANIYA!
Was singing along we can be heroes...when i realised es war auf Deutsch
This is great! Anyone know why David made this song in German?
 olivertwist wrote:
jjtwister wrote: Don't understand a word of German and did not know this song from Bowie...gotta find the translation to make it complete. Any ideas?
  
 
cosmiclint wrote:

Maybe Stringray could help?

 

People, people...  This is the German-language version of Heroes. If you check out the more well-known English version, you'll learn the lyrics.
 
I think I just heard a German airliner go whooshing overhead ;)

jjtwister wrote: Don't understand a word of German and did not know this song from Bowie...gotta find the translation to make it complete. Any ideas?
  
 
cosmiclint wrote:

Maybe Stringray could help?

 

People, people...  This is the German-language version of Heroes. If you check out the more well-known English version, you'll learn the lyrics.
 jjtwister wrote:
Don't understand a word of German and did not know this song from Bowie...gotta find the translation to make it complete. Any ideas?
 
Maybe Stringray could help?

Don't understand a word of German and did not know this song from Bowie...gotta find the translation to make it complete. Any ideas?
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Does anyone know what 's going on with David Bowie, now?
 

Go here:     https://www.davidbowie.com/
Teutontastic!
oldman wrote:

Personally, I never really thought of German as a language that lends it's self to great vocal melodies.


 
lmic wrote:

Curious, given that German is rhythmically so close to English.

On the other hand, perhaps those of the Latinate persuasion find English unmelodious, as well. I will admit that French (far from my favorite language) is awesomely mellifluous.

 
After all, English is THE language for modern popular music.

And Bowie's Helden is one of the few songs I'm able to enjoy in my native tongue.

 CoYoT51 wrote:
Does anyone know what 's going on with David Bowie, now?
 
Has anyone ever?

Sounds like his lederhosen are a bit tight.
Great segue from Secret Machines, loved that

I lived in Berlin at those times - a divided city.
"Helden" reflects nearly perfectly the tendency of its youth..
I still like this song. 
I wish you wouldn't keep doing this RP. I bath between 8 & 9 each evening and sure enough each time the ''Moaner'' comes on I have to jump out of the bath to switch volume off. Please Bill if you must play ''The Moaner'' can you make it before 8.
 burdell wrote:
This is terrible, I can barely understand a word he is singing.
 
He is speaking German....haha
 giodiberlino wrote:
immer wieder schön von seinen berliner Zeiten zu hören - leider viel zu selten...
 

Er sieht ganz wie ein junger Bursche Berliner Kabarett.
 oldman wrote:
Personally, I never really thought of German as a language that lends it's self to great vocal melodies.
 
Curious, given that German is rhythmically so close to English.

On the other hand, perhaps those of the Latinate persuasion find English unmelodious, as well. I will admit that French (far from my favorite language) is awesomely mellifluous.

This is terrible, I can barely understand a word he is singing.
bump


 
xenothaulus wrote:
You haven't actually heard Heroes until you've listened to it in the original Klingon...
 


The translation to German completely ruins the "just one day" line..
Does anyone know what 's going on with David Bowie, now?
This is one of those songs where Eno's influence really shines.
I think it's really cool.  {#Cool}
 Dillinquent wrote:
I'm a long time Bowie fan but I'd never heard this before. From the Berlin sessions with Eno on the knobs, sounds excellent im Deutsch.
 


 a_genuine_find wrote:
Corn Alert
corn
I like it, guess I will rate it a 'nein' {#Roflol}
 
Meintest du "neun"?

Das ist gut.
immer wieder schön von seinen berliner Zeiten zu hören - leider viel zu selten...
 HarrO wrote:

That British accent just comes screaming out, don't it.  {#Lol}
 
That's OK. Most Germans learn to speak English with a British accent anyway.
Personally, I never really thought of German as a language that lends it's self to great vocal melodies.
This song sounds like a bad version of Heroes which I also don't like, so it really sucks!{#Puke}BTW, I like Bowie, I am no Bowie hater, this is just a bad song.
Sprechen sie Deutsch?
Corn Alert
corn
I like it, guess I will rate it a 'nein' {#Roflol}
 lmic wrote:
Ich hatte nie dieses Lied auf Deutsch vorher gehört! Warum nicht? Es ist ausgezeichnet!
 
Ist das nicht auf dem Soundtrack zu "Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" drauf? Ich glaub, daher kenne ich es. Super

 EssexTex wrote:
In other words, I've crawled out from under my bridge and I'm leaving those poor goats alone.
 

That's awesome! {#Lol}
Ich hatte nie dieses Lied auf Deutsch vorher gehört! Warum nicht? Es ist ausgezeichnet!
lemmoth wrote:


ET

Looking at your 10 through 8s I find lots of great artists I love - Beatles, Zeppelin, Neil etc.

Looking at your 1 through 3s I find two great artists I love - Bowie and U2, and some very good artists I like a lot - Police (not Sting solo) , Roxy Music - sure I'm missing a few.

My point is obviously either I have two broad a range of musical styles I like or your range of approved styles is too narrow..

We should continue this discourse in a civilised fashion from here on in.

I agree lem,

I was going to comment that in this song, with the levels of passionate screaming he does it reminds me of a podium speech in Munich
during the lead up to WW2.

But you'll be glad to know I thought better.

Nowadays I'm of the opinion that a light hearted insult's better than a mean one. (regarding the artists and songs)

In other words, I've crawled out from under my bridge and I'm leaving those poor goats alone.

 diazo wrote:
This here's Amurrica.  Sing in Amurrican, dammit.
 
This is an Brit singing about a couple trying to escape East Berlin and running the gauntlet of the guards at the Berlin Wall.
Maybe it's not perfect German, but he sings it with the same passion and a reasonably correct pronunciation, especially for a non-native speaker.  I am impressed with the passion.
I think this song is one of the most stirring and real of any of Bowie's songs, and I intend to purchase this version.
I didn't know it existed.  It's wonderful.
Thank you again Bill.  Wunderbar.

 xenothaulus wrote:
You haven't actually heard Heroes until you've listened to it in the original Vulcan...
 

OMG this is so bad! But the beauty of RP is we get to express how much we love and dislike a song, and by the time we finish with our pithy little comments, the song invariably is over!..SING IT SPOCK! {#Clap}


xenothaulus wrote:
You haven't actually heard Heroes until you've listened to it in the original Klingon...
{#Roflol}
We can beat them !
 a_genuine_find wrote:
SO much better in German ....
 
No. This is awful, really really awful.
 diazo wrote:
This here's Amurrica.  Sing in Amurrican, dammit.
  Red-neck {#Cowboy}


You haven't actually heard Heroes until you've listened to it in the original Klingon...
SO much better in German ....
Reminds me of my teen years.... Christiane F...
 radiojunkie wrote:
Komme, gib mir Deine hand

 
{#Roflol}

na, kann doch wohl nich sein, oder !!!!!

>^..^< 
 Baum74 wrote:
Ha ha ...   {#Lol}

He sure enjoyed his basic German course, and of course you have to practice!
 
That British accent just comes screaming out, don't it.  {#Lol}
 spaceman wrote:
Bleh. This just sounds weird, and not in a good way.
Let's hear the original, please. Danke.
 
I have trouble with the translated versions too.  It's fun to hear here every now and then for a change. 

A big part of music is the sound of the words.  I think also, a big part of why songs hit are the choice of words.  It's very difficult to ever capture the original spirit of the song in a translation.  It's just not the same, no matter how hard they try. 

Very, Very cool Version.... somehow this translates really well in German. 
Thx Bill..
 Papernapkin wrote:
I'd give it a nine. Ya, I'd have to say, 'Nine.'
 

...or would that be "nein" {#Roflol}

I don't quite know what to make of it...interesting...worth hearing...
This here's Amurrica.  Sing in Amurrican, dammit.
Ha ha ...   {#Lol}

He sure enjoyed his basic German course, and of course you have to practice!
I've heard enough Bowie to last the rest of my life, and this is just annoying.
Wannsinn!!

Ich weiss nicht warum...
...aber es gefaellt mir.
You have got to be kidding me.

I'd respond with more detail except I suspect that was why this was crafted this way.  I see what you tried to do there... and I refuse to bite.

 MartinBremer wrote:

Please stop! Can't stand this! All this cameleon of rock crap is to disguise his lack of personality (and maybe personal greed... He's only in it for the money. If that wasn't true he would have settled at ONE style, or at least line of music). I think it's not versatility, it's (sorry) prostitution in form of music.
 


Komme, gib mir Deine hand

 MartinBremer wrote:
He's only in it for the money. If that wasn't true he would have settled at ONE style
 
Wow. This may be the most poorly-formed thought I've ever read here at RP and I ought to know.

 EssexTex wrote:
.....flatulence sounds better.
 

You otta know!
Please stop! Can't stand this! All this cameleon of rock crap is to disguise his lack of personality (and maybe personal greed... He's only in it for the money. If that wasn't true he would have settled at ONE style, or at least line of music). I think it's not versatility, it's (sorry) prostitution in form of music.
Bowie is "one of those" artists; either he hit's or he misses really big time.

This song is one of his few that just seems to catch my ear.

Or is it the martini's with the olives stuffed with roasted almonds and gorgonzola that I'm "hearing" on this beautiful Sunday evening.

Whatever.  Hey, Bill.....nice playlist.

Thanks.

{#Smile}
 EssexTex wrote:
.....flatulence sounds better.
 

ET

Looking at your 10 through 8s I find lots of great artists I love - Beatles, Zeppelin, Neil etc.

Looking at your 1 through 3s I find two great artists I love - Bowie and U2,  and some very good artists I like a lot - Police (not Sting solo) , Roxy Music - sure I'm missing a few.

My point is obviously either I have two broad a range of musical styles I like or your range of approved styles is too narrow..

We should continue this discourse in a civilised fashion from here on in.
.....flatulence sounds better.
 dniederb wrote:
No one who speaks German could be an evil man...
...before anyone gets too excited, click here and scroll down a bit https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Simpsons/Season_5#Cape_Feare_.5B5.02.5D

 
Dann sind wir Helden
Nur diesen Tag

Bleh. This just sounds weird, and not in a good way.
Let's hear the original, please. Danke.
No one who speaks German could be an evil man...
...before anyone gets too excited, click here and scroll down a bit https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Simpsons/Season_5#Cape_Feare_.5B5.02.5D

I like this version better than the english version. But then I don't like the song very much. meh
Wait, what?
Scheiße
Ich bin dein König... Ok, this is just strange. Still on the fence if it is a good thing or not. :eh: :think:
Ha! I heard the beginning, thinking it was the original, and was just rushing in to comment on how cool the German version of Heroes is. Synchronicity...
I'd give it a nine. Ya, I'd have to say, 'Nine.'
Bowie is awesome, and German is my second language... and their are PLENTY of brilliant songs in German, but this is just horrible!
Ein unheimlich schoenes Lied, in englischer und in deutscher Sprache, und vor Allem in :cool: gemischter Version beider Sprachen.
laozilover wrote:
Bill doesn't play this version very often, but when he does, stand back! That "hurling" emoticon is only a click away!!! :sick: :whisper: I LIKE both versions, so I am glad that the ratings distribution acts as a counterbalance to these negative posts! Note: the statistical MODE is '8 - Most Excellent'!
it seems like this is the only version I ever hear here.
Bill doesn't play this version very often, but when he does, stand back! That "hurling" emoticon is only a click away!!! :sick: :whisper: I LIKE both versions, so I am glad that the ratings distribution acts as a counterbalance to these negative posts! Note: the statistical MODE is '8 - Most Excellent'!
i like bowie and i'm german but this version = :puke: :no:
boontonite wrote:
This is of interest as a novelty only
Why? Is German a "novelty" language?
This is of interest as a novelty only, just like the early Beatle's German versions, with no improvement on the original. With so much fantastic Bowie to choose from, why play the same stuff over and over? How about Sons of the Silent Age or The Dreamers for a change of pace.
I'm sorry if I step on people's toes here.. but, eww.. no, not working..this is ugly. Rate: 0
Ich verstande Deutch nur wenn es sehr laud ist!
anniebear wrote:
OK, fine, he recorded "Heroes" in German, big whoop! The novelty wore off the FIRST time ya played this Bill. Hows about you give this a REST and play the original, English language version??
Actually this version and the English version were recoded during the same sessions and released at the same time. The German version was done because the album was written & recorded in Berlin, not as a novelty.
anniebear wrote:
OK, fine, he recorded "Heroes" in German, big whoop! The novelty wore off the FIRST time ya played this Bill. Hows about you give this a REST and play the original, English language version??
Don't you have volume control in North Carolina? :stupid: That's what I use when I don't like something, besides, this is a great piece.
is this German? Mein Gott indeed!
This is a great version, but I think that Apocalyptica's version is even better. ...... Forgive me Dave. :shifty:
Danke. Wundervolles Lied!
mein Got!!! :eek:
oh... and I am a jelly donut. :jump:
Never heard this version. Love it. Love the Eno/Bowie collaborations...
OK, fine, he recorded "Heroes" in German, big whoop! The novelty wore off the FIRST time ya played this Bill. Hows about you give this a REST and play the original, English language version??
ah, another scary Halloween song! rock on, Bill!
GanjaGood wrote:
Terrible, Terrible, TERRIBLE!!! This sucks Donkey D@ck!!!
I feel that this is THE PERFECT language for the tone of this song, I love it.
Helfen mir....turn it off!
Terrible, Terrible, TERRIBLE!!! This sucks Donkey D@ck!!!
Traurig, spreche ich nicht Deutsches
ACH! :biggrin:
yet another reason why this station is so damn good. Been an avid listener for 6 weeks--where has this station been all my life? there was a time when you\'d occaisionally hear this version on the big commercial stations. it\'s so good to hear it again. the story behind the song is good: Bowie was in the studio in Berlin when he looked outside to notice a couple kissing passionately in the shadow of the Berlin wall and was inspired.
rolf wrote:
:roflol: No, not at all! BTW, WE call that type of doughnuts "Kreppel".
Thanks Rolf I never knew that
tapatia wrote:
Can't hurt as bad as it did when a famous president proclaimed to a German audience "I am a doughnut, we are all doughnuts!"
:roflol: No, not at all! BTW, WE call that type of doughnuts "Kreppel".
I thought I had the wrong radio-station running... that was fun! It's hard to recognize your own language if you don't expect it :beat: "We could be heroes", maybe Bowie is an early fan of "Wir sind Helden" :jump:
waggpj wrote:
is his german good?
Not too bad anyway. :) Never heard this before and found it highly enjoyable. Thanks, Bill, for another surprise.
This is at least more bearable than my mother-in-law's German marching music. Val-deri val-dera! (Sie kommt aus Nurnberg, wissen sie.)
Woah. Didn't know there was a german version. Its pretty good german actually and the lyrics make total sense ;D
jmsmy wrote:
I've heard this song hundreds of times - but never like this - Good Job - Thanks, Bill
I've heard this song hundreds of times - but never liked this. :confused:
MountainGirl wrote:
Bill, you rock! I haven't heard this played in the States...awesome version! I heard this version years ago on a german movie - with a bunch of Bowie. Thanks!
Christiane F about a teenager addicted to drugs at the Bahnhoff Zoo in West Berlin. True story, check out the entry at wikipeddia
is his german good?
I've heard this song hundreds of times - but never like this - Good Job - Thanks, Bill
Bill, you rock! I haven't heard this played in the States...awesome version! I heard this version years ago on a german movie - with a bunch of Bowie. Thanks!
Bill, you're on a serious roll today... This song's better in English, at least when Bowie is singing, but given the song's meaning German is appropriate. Amazing that the Berlin Wall seemed such a permanent, harsh reality until '89--and now it's an odd, dream-like memory.
Das Goot!
I bought the German-language version of Peter Gabriel's "Melt" CD by mistake a few years ago. Made for a few head-scratching moments when I played it, until I noticed the word Deutsch on the cover. Anyhow, Heroes is a ten in any language.
Not being a German speaker and not ever hearing this version before, I sudddenly thought that I had been transported to a parallel universe. Wow Bowie's great even in a parallel universe :)