They said you moved away
Happened oh so quietly, they say
A more traditional-sounding rock ballad, "Everyone Says Hi" was recorded at Allaire Studios in New York for Heathen, David Bowie's twenty-second studio album in 2002. Vocals were done both by Bowie and his friend and producer Tony Visconti. The B-side for the CD single version was "Safe".
The lyrics are relatively straightforward as the singer laments the sudden departure of a dear friend and asks them to come home if their situation doesn't work out. It's unclear if Bowie was referring to a real person when he wrote this.
Three versions of the single were released in the UK and two others in Europe. The B-sides of these were re-recordings of some of Bowie's less familiar 1960s material, such as "Baby Loves That Way" from his days as a member of Davy Jones and the Lower Third.