Song of the Day #1,407: ‘She’s Mad’ – David Byrne

OK, it’s getting weird now. Here we have another instance of the Random iTunes Fairy honing in on the most popular track from the selected album.

To be fair, it’s not as if ‘She’s Mad’ was a runaway hit, but this track was the only single released from David Byrne’s 1992 album, Uh-Oh, and it had some success on the Modern Rock chart. So if a conspiracy theorist were to predict which track from Uh-Oh would be picked, this would be it.

‘She’s Mad’ is interesting in how it combines several of Byrne’s styles. It opens with an off-kilter heavily rhythmic section that’s reminiscent of Remain in Light-era Talking Heads. When the chorus hits, the first part (“She’s mad…”) has the angry punk feeling of some early Talking Heads songs. But the second part of the chorus (“Look where you’re goin’…”) slips into the light salsa style of Byrne’s first solo record, Rei Momo.

I rarely listen to Uh-Oh but every time I do, I’m reminded that I should do so more often.

Bangin’ his head
Stab in the back
Look her in the eye and Buddy, you can tell she’s crazy
Smack in the face
Look at ‘em go
Take a look around and you can see I don’t mean maybe

If sex is a weapon
Who’s winnin’ this war?
My legs are too tired
I can’t run anymore

She’s mad
She’s sore
I’m getting out for sure
My time
Is up
I just can’t stand this stuff

Said look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’
Look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’
Oh now darlin’

Heaven’s above
Look out below
B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B – Baby
Fell on his back
Rubbin’ his head
Pretty little girl; sure as hell she ain’t no lady

I’m mild as a bunny
I’m meek as a lamb
You lead me to slaughter
I’m mud in your hands

I know – I say
I’m findin’ out today
Someway – somehow
I’m gonna pull you down

So blow me away
Leave me alone
I beg you please
Please come on home

Now look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’
Now look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’
Ooh now darlin’

All over the house
All over the town
Bit him in the hand and he turned around and hit her with a hammer
Flippity flop
Now when does he stop?
Now here they come again
And that’s the way they live together

So look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’
Look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’
Ooh now darlin’

Look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’
Now look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’
Ooh now darlin’

Look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’
Look where you’re goin’
You don’t even know what you’re knowin’

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,407: ‘She’s Mad’ – David Byrne

  1. Dana says:

    What I thought you were going to say was weird was how little you have featured the Talking Heads or Byrne on your blog, as I know you they both are fairly prominent in your musical catalog.

    I’m actually not familiar with this song, even though it was some kind of minor hit. Not even sure if I’ve heard much of this album. I always like when Byrne gets into that salsa type vibe, so the chorus of this song works for me more than the rest, at least on first listen.

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