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David Bowie

The Heart's Filthy Lesson

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“The Hearts Filthy Lesson” is a song by David Bowie, from his 1995 album Outside, and issued as a single ahead of the album. It showcased Bowie’s new, industrial-influenced sound. The lack of an apostrophe in the title is deliberate. Lyrically, the single connects with the rest of the album, with Bowie offering a lament to “tyrannical futurist” Ramona A. Stone, a theme continued in subsequent songs. The song is also meant to confront Bowie’s own perceptions about the ritual creation and degradation of art. Critical reception to the song was generally tepid, though it would be re-evaluated by many critics when heard in the context of the Outside soon afterwards. Considering its defiantly noncommercial sound , the song did well to reach UK #35, also breaking Bowie’s US chart... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Heart's filthy lesson ... It's the hearts filthy lesson ... Something in our skies

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