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Heathen (The Rays)

by Single Lash

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Heathen 04:00
Steel on the skyline Sky made of glass Made for a real world All things must pass Waiting for something Looking for someone Is there no reason? Have I stared too long? You say you'll leave me And when the sun is low And the rays high I can see it now I can feel it die Oo-o Oo-o


After finishing work on 'Providence'- which was an intense and emotionally draining experience- I mostly set my guitar to one side to work on this little palette cleanser. Bowie- my all-time musical idol and guiding (black)star- had passed and while I had toyed with the idea of paying musical tribute to the man for many years, his sudden absence gave certain works of his a deeper resonance than I had felt before. It's funny how that happens. His generally underrated album 'Heathen' was one such work and the title track in particular. I connect very much with the world-weary vulnerability of 'Later Bowie'. Here is an extraordinary man who had lived many extraordinary lives and left each one behind without glancing back- until now. From a higher perch of hard-earned wisdom, he could assess the triumphs and regrets of his existence. Some successes tarnish with age and some heartaches remain with you for a lifetime. And visa-versa, I suppose, but that's not what I hear in this song. "I can see it now. I can feel it die." Bowie lives forever.



released May 22, 2020

Performed and produced by Nicolas Nadeau
Written by David Bowie and licensed from Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Mastered by Joshua Eustis
Photography by Daniel Di Domenico
Styling by Iana Wi


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