David Bowie – My Top 100 Favorite Songs: 87

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I recently witnessed the biggest David Bowie fan I know count down his top 100 favorite songs. These were private posts, meant solely for his Facebook family and friends. Something really cool happened over those 100 days.

I’d like to share that countdown with you. Read along, embark upon Niall Colgan’s personal journey while he narrates some of the most intimate aspects of his life with his undying passion for the art of David Bowie. The vid below is a short intro, scroll directly beneath to read the countdown.

Number 87: Loving The Alien

Taken from Tonight (1984)

Pray and the heathen lie will disappear

By 1984, I was a full fledged Bowie fanatic. I’d thoroughly immersed myself in his back catalog, absorbed every note and lyric, committed David’s words to memory.  I remember that Summer fondly as I felt that my passion for Bowie was earning me the respect of those around me. I was the most knowledgeable 15 year old they knew where it concerned David Bowie, a badge I wore proudly.

I really hated Tonight upon its release and equally disliked Blue Jean, the lead single from the album. The production sounded cheesy and dated, I felt that producer Hugh Padgham failed to capture David’s magic . Only two songs from the album were written solely by David, the whole effort felt lazy and rushed. However, Loving The Alien was always a standout track for me, the highlight on an otherwise mediocre album. The lyrics resonated very deeply within me as they connected directly with some personal trauma.  Four years prior, my non religious parents inexplicably decided to have a catholic priest determine whether their 10 year old son was possessed by demons. Needless to say, this memory will never leave me and I have hated organized religion ever since.

Loving the Alien explores David’s “intense dislike” of organized religion. Bowie starts off in the Holy Land, surrounded by the Templars and Saracens responsible for passing their stories off as the word of God.  “God doesn’t deliver telegrams”, he clearly spells it out.

Let’s pray? Your sins disappear, the Heathen lie disappears…
prayers, the hide the saddest view…

These men aren’t of God! That priest my parents sent me to had no special connection to God, Bowie exposed them as the charlatans they were!

They believe in the strangest things, loving the alien

Bowie didn’t know the trauma that religion inflicted upon me, but he helped me begin my process of healing.

And your prayers they break the sky in two
You pray till the break of dawn
And you’ll believe you’re loving the alien

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Loving The Alien

Watching them come and go
The Templars and the Saracens
They’re travelling the holy land
Opening telegrams

Torture comes and torture goes
Knights who’d give you anything
They bear the cross of Coeur de Leon
Salvation for the mirror blind

But if you pray
all your sins are hooked upon the sky
Pray and the heathen lie will disappear
Prayers they hide
the saddest view
(Believing the strangest things,
loving the alien)

And your prayers they break the sky in two
(Believing the strangest things, loving the alien)

You pray til the break of dawn
(Believing the strangest things, loving the alien)

And you’ll believe you’re loving the alien
(Believing the strangest things, loving the alien)

Thinking of a different time
Palestine a modern problem
Bounty and your wealth in land
Terror in a best laid plan

Watching them come and go
Tomorrows and the yesterdays
Christians and the unbelievers
Hanging by the cross and nail