Song of the Day #3,173: ‘Houses in Motion’ – Talking Heads

remain_in_lightI’m currently digging into the albums of 1990, and I’m not very impressed with the selection.

Today’s Random iTunes Weekend selection is a reminder that 1980 was a much stronger year. So strong that Talking Heads’ Remain in Light managed only the third slot on my personal list of favorite 1980 albums.

Only Billy Joel’s Glass Houses (#2) and Elvis Costello’s Get Happy! (#1) topped it, and the Billy Joel pick is a sentimental one. Remain in Light probably deserves the second spot.

Every song on this album is unique and wonderful. The band’s shift toward Caribbean and African rhythms was groundbreaking and resulted in what’s probably their best album.

For a long time I felt without style or grace
Wearing shoes with no socks in cold weather
I knew my heart was in the right place
I knew I’d be able to do these things

And as we watch him digging his own grave
It is important to know that was where he’s at
He can’t afford to stop…That is what he believe
He’ll keep on digging for a thousand years

I’m walking a line
I’m thinking about empty motion
I’m walking a line
Just barely enough to be living
Get outta the way
No time to begin
This isn’t the time
So nothing was done
Not talking about
Not many at all
I’m turning around
No trouble at all
You notice there’s nothing around you, around you
I’m walking a line
Divide and dissolve

Never get to say much, never get to talk
Tell us a little bit, but not too much
Right about then, is where she give up
She has closed her eyes, she has give up hope

I’m walking a line
I hate to be dreaming in motion
I’m walking a line
Just barely enough to be living
Get outta the way
No time to begin
This isn’t the time
So nothing was done
Not talking about
Not many at all
I’m turning around
No trouble at all
I’m keeping my fingers behind me, ‘hind me
I’m walking a line
Divide and dissolve

I turn myself around, I’m moving backwards and forwards
I’m moving twice as much as I was before
I’ll keep on digging to the center of the Earth
I’ll be down in there moving the in the room…

I’m walking a line
I’m visiting houses in motion
I’m walking a line
Just barely enough to be living
Get outta the way
No time to begin
This isn’t the time
So nothing was done
Not talking about
Not many at all
I’m turning around
No trouble at all
Two different houses surround you, ’round you
I’m walking a line
Divide and dissolve

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,173: ‘Houses in Motion’ – Talking Heads

  1. Dana says:

    I have a soft spot for Little Creatures. I really like the songs on the earlier albums, including Remain in Light, but feel the production is lacking. Much like Billy Joel’s pre-Stranger songs which were better done live on Songs in the Attic, early Talking Heads songs were better done live on Stop Making Sense.

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