20 Insanely Great David Bowie Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

A deep dive into the Thin White Duke's catalog, beyond "Space Oddity" and "Heroes"

Load Previous

14. "Heathen (The Rays)"

The title track to Heathen is an incredibly dark song that wraps up an incredibly dark album. "It's about knowing you're dying," Bowie said. "It's a man confronting the realization that life is a finite thing, and that he can already feel it, life itself, actually going from him, ebbing out of him, the weakening of age." Bowie was a perfectly healthy 55 years old when the song came out, but in just a couple years he'd be fighting for his life after a horrible heart attack.

Back to Top