If you've ever wondered about the opening line of "Heroes" regarding dolphins and swimming, Bowie explains them in his foreword to Iman's book (titled 'I Wish I Could Swim).
She swims as if born and nurtured
in the sea, catching fish with her hands.
She swims with the sharks yet does
not get torn to pieces. She slyly jokes
that the sharks are her "uncles".
Bowie's line was inspired by a book called A Grave for a Dolphin and he relates the story to how things turned out many years later with Iman.
Essentially, the book is about a Somali girl who falls in love with a European and early in their relationship, Iman received a script from a film agent suggesting that she and Bowie should - by sheer coincidence - perform the screenplay of this obscure book. Bowie thought so much of this synchronicity that to this day he has a tattoo of the name Iman and a dolphin on the back of his calf.
"Things like this happen to us all the time. Mystical, I bet. Like, we're both skinny and we both get up about five thirty in the morning. The list goes on and on. I'm glad our story doesn't follow the one penned by the Duke. We love the dark velvet sky and the moon that throws streaks of gold onto the deep silver sea. We want to swim side by side as long as we've been given, till one of us slips under the waves for the final time."
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