The Secret Life of Arabia

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"The Secret Life of Arabia"
Song by David Bowie
from the album "Heroes"
Released14 October 1977
RecordedHansa Studio by the Wall, West Berlin
July–August 1977
GenreArt rock, krautrock
Songwriter(s)David Bowie, Brian Eno, Carlos Alomar
Producer(s)David Bowie, Tony Visconti

"The Secret Life of Arabia" is a song written by David Bowie, Brian Eno and Carlos Alomar in 1977 for the album "Heroes". It was the final track on the original vinyl album, following the instrumental "Neuköln".

NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray described the song as "like seeing 'The Sheik' on acid and laughing quietly to yourself. Bowie's vocal is genuinely humorous."[1] Author Nicholas Pegg considered it an "unjustly overlooked" piece, remarking on Bowie's "outrageous extremes of bass and falsetto".[2] However, for biographer David Buckley, "The Secret Life of Arabia" was "a great song, but its position on the album spoils the dramatic effect... the last note of 'Neuköln' really ought to have been the last sound on the album..."[3]

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  1. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.92
  2. ^ Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: p.181
  3. ^ David Buckley (1999). Strange Fascination - David Bowie: The Definitive Story: p.325

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