Talking Heads Misc Lyrics

  1. Big daddy
  2. Blind
  3. Burning down the house
  4. Cool water
  5. The democratic circus
  6. The facts of life
  7. (Nothing but)flowers
  8. Heaven
  9. Mommy daddy you and I
  10. Mr. Jones
  11. Ruby dear
  12. Totally nude


She had such tiny tears just like a Barbie doll
She likes to shop and sears and visit shopping malls
Now she's a big mamma tell poppa
Cry, cry, cry, cry

Old money, your old money doesn't matter now
Have mercy, mercy, mercy, daddy's going fishing now
He put the bait onto his line, he's winding out his reel
Fish are swimming in the pond, gonna let ‘em sail away

He's got his eye on you he knows just what she wants
The fish is gonna bite she is his latest catch
‘Cause he's big daddy oh mamma
Cry, cry, cry, cry

Big daddy, oh daddy's scraping bottom now
Oh mamma, daddy, daddy, daddy, does the talking now
Mesmerized like horny toads by shiny things like jewels and gold
Throwing all their pearls to swine let ‘em sail away

You lucky dog, you'll be on easy street Drinking champagne
She gets all that she wants His heart's desire
No more worries anymore Like a fairy tale
Anything that she likes

I seen you do the dog I seen you getting down
A swimming back and forth when daddy's not around
Big daddy, oh she's pretty as a picture now
Oh momma, oh what a little martyr now
He knows how to drive ‘em wild one day you'd think she'd see
Saying this is mine and this is yours now take that stuff away

It's best left unspoken, one and one is two
The velvet lies sing softly, each with a golden spoon
And she passed her time in the wind and the rain
Got a one way ticket on a southbound train
Said baby, baby, wants to have a good time
And big daddy laughed, and big daddy smiled

Like dynamite One day she'll explode
Who's laughing now No one sees anymore
Sneak in and out Don't get caight running ‘round
Swim back and forth Bubbles float to the top


Signs, signs are lost turn invisible, got no sign
Somebody got busted got a face of stone
And a ghostwritten biography
Dogs start to rush in hungry for some food
Dogs start a-twitching and they're looking at you
It was light by five torn all apart
All in the name of democracy
He's hurt, he's dying claimed he was a terrorist
Claimed to avert a catastrophe
Someone should'a told him that the buck stops here
No one ever said tha he was involved with thieves

And they're blind, blind blind, blind, blind, blind, blind
Blind, blind blind, blind, blind, blind, blind

No sense of harmony, no sense of time
Don't mention harmony
Say: What is it? what is it? what is it?
Give a little shock and he raises his hand
Somebody shouts out
Says: What is it? what is it? what is it?
He was shot down in the night
People ride by but his body's still alive
The girl in the window what has she done
She looks down at me
Says: I don't want to die

And I'm blind, blind blind, blind, blind, blind, blind
Blind, blind blind, blind, blind, blind, blind

Somebody could have told us where they go
Crawling around looking for foot, foot, footprints
Now tell me what the hell have we become
Some dirty little bastards what the hell is going on


They're blind and they're blind blind, blind, blind, blind, blind
Blind, blind blind, blind, blind, blind, blind
Blind, blind blind, blind, blind, blind, blind
Blind, blind blind, blind, blind, blind, blind



Watch out, you might get what you're after . . (G-F)
Cool babies, strange but not a stranger
I'm an or-di-na-ry guy
Burning down the house . . (G-A-F)

Hold tight, wait 'till the party's over
Hold tight, we're in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

Here's your ticket, pack your bag
Time for jumpin' overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far
Maybe you know where you are
Fightin' fire with fire

All wet, hey you might need a raincoat . . (G-F)
Shakedown, dream walking in broad daylight
Three hun-dred six-ty five de-grees
Burning down the house

It was once upon a place
Sometimes I listen to myself
Gonna come in first place
People on their way to work
Baby what do expect
Gonna burst into flame

My house, s'out of the ordinary
That's right, don't want to hurt nobody
Some things sure can sweep me off my feet
Burning down the house

No visible means of support
And you have not seen nothin' yet
Everything's stuck together
I don't what you expect
Staring into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire


Day by day, whistle while your work
Our backs are breaking up from hollow earth
From end to end the noise begins
In the human battle station and the big one's coming in

Work, work, work, work, work till holes are filled
Work, work, work, work, bags of bone and skin
Lovers hold hands tossing their heads
Tangled in hair tied to earth with skin and glue

But their skin is the same as yours
Coming in for the world to see
They can sit at the table too
The same blood as you and me

Speak very softly hold my hand
Someone is sleeping in my bed
Priests pass by worms crawl in
One dreams to be one dream for all

His skin is the same as yours
Is he not made the same as you
And some have fallen down
And blood spilled on the ground

Work, work, work, till his life is done
The old man is at your door
And he's knocking, knocking as his neighbors weep
Each day repeats are we nothing in your eyes

Someone answer, someone answer
This rusted garden gate can barely even stand
Their work is over now and rest will be at hand

Is their skin not the same as yours
Can they sit at the table to drink
Cool water, cool water

And his lungs are filled with rain
And the water's rushing in


Found out this morning, there's a circus coming to town
They drive in Cadillacs
Using walkie-talkies and the secret service

Their big top, imitation of live
And all the flags and microphones
We have to cover our eyes

We play the sideshows, and we like the tunnel of love
And when we ride the ferris wheels
We're little children again

And when they're asking for volunteers
We'll be the first ones aboard
And when the ringmaster calls our names
We'll be the first ones to go . . . to sleep
Stealing all our dreams
Dreams for sale, they sell ‘em back to you

On with the show, start the parade
We sang along, sweep us away
It's political party time, going down going down
And the celebrities all come out
Coming down, coming down, coming .

The sun is going down
And the dogs are starting to howl
We stay out after dark, eating cotton candy
And the music's playing

How we all laughed, we split our sides
The cameras flashed, we almost died

The rain;s gonna pour on down, falling out of the sky
Coming down, coming down
And the celebrities all run out, and the rain's
Coming down, coming down
Gonna rain, Gonna rain, Gonna rain
Gonna rain, Gonna rain, rain rain, rain, rain

And now I wonder who's boss
And who he's leaving behind


Monkey see and monkey do making babies eating food
Smelly things pubic hair words of love in the air
Spaks fly shooting out making sure that everything is working
I can't turn you down we are programmed happy little children
Matter overmind we can not resist so I won't fight it
Love is a machine, love is a machine without a driver
The facts of life, the facts of life a masterpiece biology

Smokey water air conditioned boys and girls
And automation chromosomes designer jeans
Champenzees and human beings

Machines of love, machines of love
Strong in body strong in mind
A love machine with the facts of life
The facts of life, the facts of life

So much sex and violence must be a bad design
We're stupid to be fighting every night

The monsters we create they welcome us aboard
The best in advertising from coast to coast
The girls and boys combine like monkeys in the zoo
The clouds have silver linings looks pretty good

People fall in love like an fairytailes
I'm not sure I like what they can do
I'm afraid that god has no master plan
He only takes what hew can use

Factory life ice cream and pie factory life
Someday we'll live on Venus and men will walk on Mars
But we will still be monkeys down deep inside
If chimpanzees are smart
Then we will close our eyes and let our instinct guise us
Oh oh oh oh no




Here we stand like an Adam and an Eve
Waterfalls the garden of Eden
Two fools in love so beautiful and strong
The birds and the trees are smiling upon them
From the age of the dinosaurs cars have run on gasoline
Where, where have they gone now it's nothing but flowers

There was a factory now there are mountains and rivers
You got it, you got it
We caught a rattlesnake no we got something for diner
We got it, we got it
There was a shopping mall now it's all covered with flowers
You've got it, you've got it
If this is paradise I wish I had a lawnmower
You've got it, you've got it

Years ago I was an angry young man
I'd pretend that I was a billboard
Standing tall by the side of the road
I fell in love with a beautiful highway
This used to be real estate now it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town now it's nothing but flowers
The highways and cars were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we'd start over but I guess I was wrong

Once there were parking lots now it's a peaceful oasis
You got it, you got it
This was a pizza hut now it's all covered with daisies
You got it, you got it
I miss the honkey tonks dairy queens and 7-elevens
You got it, you got it
And as things fell apart nobody paid much attention
You got it, you got it
I dream of cherry pies candy bars and chocolate chip cookies
You got it, you got it
We used to microwave now we just eat nuts and berries
You got it, you got it
This was a discount store now it's turned into a cornfield
You got it, you got it
Don't leave me stranded here I can't get used to this lifestyle


Everyone is trying to get to the bar . . (D-Em)
The name of the bar, the bar is called Heaven . . (A-G-D)
The band in Heaven plays my favorite song
They play it once again, they play it all night long

Heaven, heaven is a place where nothing ever happens . . (Bm-Am)
Heaven, heaven is a place where nothing ever happens . . (C-G)

There is a party, everyone is there
Everyone will leave at exactly the same time
It's hard to imagine that nothing at all
Could be so exciting, could be this much fun

Heaven, heaven is a place where nothing ever happens
Heaven, heaven is a place where nothing ever happens

When this kiss is over, it will start again
It will not be any different, it will be exactly the same
It's hard to imagine that nothing at all
Could be so exciting, could be this much fun

Heaven, heaven is a place where nothing ever happens
Heaven, heaven is a place where nothing ever happens


David Byrne)

All the way from Baltimore we couldn't find a seat
Conductor says he's sorry for the blisters on you feet
Come a-riding in a bus the high and the low
Mommy daddy you and I going on a trip
And we're not going home mommy daddy you and I

Driving, keep driving, driving, driving all night
Sleeping on my daddy's shoulder
Drinking from a paper cup
And I'm wearing my grandfather's clothes
And they say that up north it gets cold

Crawling out of bed one night walking in my sleep
We're not the only family to take this little trip
Driving all the way up it's 30 below
Mommy daddy you and I even little kids
Getting ready to go mommy daddy you and I

Chilly, chilly Willy it's colder the further we go
Some are born to take advantage
But saying it don't make it so
So hold me and don't let me go
‘Cause the sidewalks are covered with snow

He's speaking English now
And he's smoothing out his clothes
He's Mr. Button down he's leaving home
Making changes day by day and we still ain't got no plan
How we gonna make our way in tis foreign land

Well we'll keep driving, keep driving
Driving with all of our might
Changing still changing, changing the water of live
Keep that little man a shining
See how the tail can wag the dog

And we're riding in this old bus
And the driver is singing to us
And we're wearing our grandfather's clothes
‘Cause we heard up north it gets cold


Mr. Jones put a wiggle in your stride
Loosen up I believe he'll be alright
Changing clothes now he's got ventilated slacks
Bouncing of the wall Mr. Jones is back

Bulge out and wind your waist
Tight pants got curly hair
Drinking cold beer from metal cans
Moonshine and handy wipes

Mr. Jones is back in town it's his lucky day
Hold up your hands and shout Jones is on his way
Pitter pat Mr. Jones is back in town
Aces high now his pants are falling down
He looks so fine in those patent leather shoes
Mr. Jones you look tired I believe you'll be alright

Sales man conventioneers
Some rockstars with tambourines
Short skirts and skinny legs
Selling bibles and real estate

It's a big day for Mr. Jones he is not so square
Mr. Jones will stick around he's everybody's friend

Fast cars and motorbikes
I'm sure glad he's on our side
The Jones gang down at the bar
Watch out this time they've gone too far

They call for Mr. Jones they put him in charge
Mr. Jones will help us out he's a lucky guy
It is Mr. Jones birthday party for another year
In his hotel room party favors it's a holiday


‘Round and ‘round and we won't
Think about what everyone is saying
Ruby dear oh you don't hear
Late at night when the radio is playing
Ruby dear so looky here

Oh this records is broken it slips a beat
And all those watermelons have gone to seed
Nothing lives in this dirty little river
No on here will shed a tear

It dried up but it couldn't run forever
Ruby dear that's what we here
I still like the ocean down by the sea
They left that door wide open it tempted me

Hounding me from the bedroom to the kitchen
Ruby dear I'm still right here
Now they throwed the fox amongst the chickens
It's too deep I'll drown in my sleep

Angels and prostitutes they might look the same
And if to hell we're going I'll see you there

‘Round and ‘round and we won't let go
And where we stop no one knows Uh-huh uh-huh
Down the street where the bonfire glow
Looking like they lost control Uh-huh uh-huh

Settle down in that rocking chair
Breathing in that rotten air Uh-huh uh-huh
Johnny Jones felt fast asleep
Down a hole where the rocks are steep Uh-huh uh-huh


Big and I'm bad and I want you to know
I hang around where the grass is greener
Totally naked baby totaly nude ‘cause if I want to
who's gonna stop me I'm absolutely free

Living in the trees the birdies and the bees
'cause I'm a nature boy locked up inside
You can't tell me where it's at
Open up, open up, open up the door

Rocks and trees and physical culture
Some days you hide I guess you wonder where you are
Nature boy, nature man, take me along
We got a life that's undiscovered

We threw it all away, throw it all away
Rolling everyday it's irresponsible
So civilized I guess you wonder where you are
Nature boy, nature man, take me along
Deep in the woods we're undiscovered

I'm a little fish and you're the river
Living in a boat that's underwater
We can tip, tip, tip it over
You can push, push, make it better now
Wake your daddy up it's a quarter to five
Our little boat has lost its rudder
Dive to the bottom and we never come up

A polka party for abob and Martha I'm absolutely free
Living in the trees the birdies and the bees
‘Cause I'm a nature boy
Think what you like this is really where it's at
Open up, open up, open the door
We don't need clothes and we don't need money
So civilized I guess you wonder where you are
Nature boy, nature man, take me along
Deep in the woods we're undiscovered