Song of the Day #568: ‘Everyone’s In Love With You’ – David Byrne

In 2001, David Byrne released his fifth solo record, Look Into the Eyeball. It was a bit of a letdown following the heights of Feelings but it’s a solid collection nonetheless.

If Byrne tries something new on every album, on this one it was his liberal use of a string section on most of the tracks. Today’s SOTD is one of the few exceptions. But although it isn’t representative of the album as a whole, I chose it because it marks a departure for Byrne in another way… it’s a song about a recognizably human couple.

So much of Byrne’s work is abstract, avant garde or just plain weird. It’s refreshing to hear him sing about real people — in this case from the perspective of a man whose girlfriend is so alluring that he can’t keep her to himself.

I introduce you to my friends
& that’s the last I see of you
All the world’s discovered my big secret
Everyone’s in love with you

They’re fascinated by your smile
They copy all the things you do
I wish that you & I could be together, but
Everyone’s in love with you, yeah
Everyone’s in love with you

God gives, God’s wise
The way that she smiles
It should be no surprise
At work, at home
I’m introduced to so & so
But you’re the one they want to know

I’m jealous & a little proud
I want to kill & kiss you too
You belong to everyone who meets you
Everyone’s in love with you

God gives, God takes
Don’t misunderstand I’m a satisfied man
So sweet, so strange
I guess I’ll never understand the things she does to all my friends

I’m jealous & a little proud
I want to kill & kiss you too
You belong to everyone who meets you
Everyone’s in love with you
Everyone’s in love with you

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #568: ‘Everyone’s In Love With You’ – David Byrne

  1. Dana says:

    doesn’t grab me too much on first listen.

  2. Clay says:

    Well, listen again! :-)

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