Song of the Day #1,428: ‘Everything That Happens’ – David Byrne & Brian Eno

I’ve never really gotten Brian Eno.

I like his work as a producer (including memorable albums by U2, Talking Heads, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Simon and Coldplay) but the few times I’ve heard him step out from behind the boards he puts me to sleep.

Eno goes for that whole ambient soundscape thing and while I’m sure his version of it is deeper and more meaningful than most, it still reminds me of those stand-up CD stands you see at Target hawking titles like Tranquility and A Spring Morning.

Eno teamed up with David Byrne in 2008 for Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, their second collaboration (the first was 1981’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts). I bought the album hoping that Byrne’s style would be more prevalent than Eno’s but as it turns out Byrne primarily contributed lyrics and vocals while Eno handled the music. Bummer.

I ride on a perfect freeway
Many people on that road
I heard the sound of someone laughing
I saw my neighbors car explode

Just up ahead
Against the sky
Quicker than you blink your eye

Oh my brother, I still wonder, are you alright?
And among the living, we are giving,
all through the night

From the milk of human kindness
From the breast we all partake
Hungry for a social contract
She welcomes you with dark embrace

(puts)
socks and shoes
Upon our feet
Little fishes swim upstream

Oh my brother, I still wonder, are you alright?
In the deepest silence, gold and diamonds,
all through the night

Everything that happens will happen today
& nothing has changed, but nothing’s the same
and ev’ry tomorrow could be yesterday
& and ev’rything that happens will happen today

ev’rything that happens will happen today
and nothing has changed but nothing’s the same
& ev’ry tomorrow could be yesterday
and ev’rything that happens could happen today

One thought on “Song of the Day #1,428: ‘Everything That Happens’ – David Byrne & Brian Eno

  1. Dana says:

    Well, I think it’s a step above the Target tranquility cd, but it is rather sleepy. Nothing I would feel the need to hear more than once (unless I was having trouble sleeping of course) Keep that Eno behind a sound board working for artists with a pulse!

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