CND Song 9

Bryan Adams - Heaven, 1985 (Vancouver, B.C.)

'Baby, you're all that I want, when you're lying here in my arms. It isn't too hard to believe we're in heaven...' - Bryan Adams

'The Canadian government has apologised for Bryan Adams on several occasions.' - South Park Movie

Ah, Bryan. One of the highest selling and most instantly recognisable Canadian acts in history is an acne-scarred, scruffy-headed guy in a white T-shirt and blue jeans, weirdly youthful looking right into his forties. What's the secret of his appeal, especially with those love ballads that tore up the international charts through the 80s and 90s? I remember having this conversation with a friend years ago. "See," he said, "as a guy, you might think something like 'I'd die for you,' but you wouldn't come out and say it - you'd sound like a tool. But he can say it, and he doesn't sound like a tool. He just sounds like he means it." Perhaps there's some truth in this. I know I was swept off my feet by 'Heaven' at fourteen - all that raw-voiced emotion, the boy next door under your balcony bawling out his devotion for the world to hear. 'This is what love is all about,' I thought. I still kind of like the song, but now I'm most fascinated by the white dot that appears when the 'TV' in the video is switched off. I haven't seen that dot in too long.

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