Everyone Says 'Hi'

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"Everyone Says 'Hi'"
Everyone says hi.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album Heathen
B-side "Safe"
Released September 16, 2002 (2002-09-16)
Format CD single
Recorded Allaire Studios (Shokan, New York)
Looking Glass Studios (New York City)
Genre Rock
Length 3:59 (album version)
3:29 (single edit)
Writer(s) David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"Slow Burn"
"Everyone Says 'Hi'"
"I've Been Waiting for You"

"Everyone Says 'Hi'" is a song recorded by English singer David Bowie for his twenty-second studio album Heathen (2002). It was written by Bowie, and produced by British duo Brian Rawling and Gary Miller, with vocals produced by the singer himself with Tony Visconti. The song was released on 16 September 2002, by ISO and Columbia Records. "Everyone Says 'Hi'" peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart and also reached number 83 in the German Singles Chart.


Reeves Gabrels claimed in a 2017 interview with Radio.com that the song was written about him. Reeves Gabrels was Bowie's guitarist throughout the 1990's and the two shared a strong friendship that soon resulted in a falling out over creative differences.

Four of the six B-sides to this 3 CD set are re-recordings of some of Bowie's less familiar 1960s material that were intended for their own album release back in 2000, whilst "Safe" and "Wood Jackson" were new compositions, the former originally written but dropped from The Rugrats OST.[1]

Track listing[edit]


UK version 1[edit]

  1. "Everyone Says 'Hi' (Radio edit)" - 3:29
  2. "Safe" - 4:43
  3. "Wood Jackson" - 4:48

UK version 2[edit]

  1. "Everyone Says 'Hi' (Radio edit)" - 3:29
  2. "When the Boys Come Marching Home" - 4:46
  3. "Shadow Man" - 4:46

UK version 3[edit]

  1. "Everyone Says 'Hi' (Radio edit)" - 3:29
  2. "Baby Loves That Way" - 4:44
  3. "You've Got a Habit of Leaving" - 4:51

European version 1[edit]

  1. "Everyone Says 'Hi' (Radio edit)" - 3:29
  2. "Safe" - 4:43
  3. "Baby Loves That Way" - 4:44
  4. "Sunday (Tony Visconti mix)" - 4:56

European version 2[edit]

  1. "Everyone Says 'Hi' (Radio edit)" - 3:29
  2. "Safe" - 4:43

12" promo version[edit]

  1. "Everyone Says 'Hi' (Metro remix)"
  2. "Everyone Says 'Hi' (Metro remix - Radio edit)"
  3. "I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship (Deepsky's Space Cowboy remix)"


Chart (2002) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 83
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 20

Production credits[edit]

  • Producers
  • Musicians:
    • David Bowie: Vocals, Keyboards, Synths, Guitars, Sax, Stylophone, Drums
    • Tony Visconti: Bass guitar, Guitars, Recorders, B-vox, String arrangements
    • Matt Chamberlain: Drums, Loop programming, Percussion
    • David Torn: Guitars, Guitar loops, Omnichord
    • Jordan Rudess: Piano and Hammond organ.
    • Carlos Alomar: Guitar
    • Gary Miller: Programming and guitar
    • Dave Clayton: Keyboards on "Everyone Says 'Hi'"
    • The Scorchio Quartet
      • Greg Kitzis: 1st violin
      • Meg Okura: 2nd violin
      • Martha Mooke: Viola
      • Mary Wooten: Cello

Other releases[edit]

  • The "Metro mix - radio edit" was released on two various artists charity albums for War Child called Peace Songs and Hope.
  • The "Metro mix" was also featured in the video game Amplitude.


  1. ^ "The Complete David Bowie" by Nicholas Pegg, ISBN 1-903111-40-4 (p.151)
  2. ^ http://www.illustrated-db-discography.nl/cdsingle/esh.htm
  3. ^ "Musicline.de – David Bowie Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Archive Chart: 2002-09-28/" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 January 2016.