Song of the Day #3,327: ‘Don’t Worry About the Government’ – Talking Heads

Hard to believe it’s been 40 years since Talking Heads released its debut album, conveniently titled Talking Heads: 77. Of course, I was five years old in 1977, so it’s not as if I’ve been a fan of the band for that long.

This sound feels unique and new even today, let alone four decades ago. David Byrne and his bandmates were truly trendsetting artists.

Today’s track is an ironic exploration of one of Byrne’s favorite topics: the dehumanizing march of progress in modern society. Some speculate that the song is written from the perspective of a newly elected American president.

I see the clouds that move across the sky
I see the wind that moves the clouds away
It moves the clouds over by the building
I pick the building that I want to live in

I smell the pine trees and the peaches in the woods
I see the pine cones that fall by the highway
That’s the highway that goes to the building
I pick the building that I want to live in

[Chorus]
It’s over there, it’s over there
My building has every convenience
It’s gonna make life easy for me
It’s gonna be easy to get things done
I will relax along with my loved ones

Loved ones, loved ones visit the building
Take the highway, park and come up and see me
I’ll be working, working but if you come visit
I’ll put down what I’m doing, my friends are important

Don’t you worry ’bout me
I wouldn’t worry about me
Don’t you worry ’bout me
Don’t you worry ’bout me

[Verse 2]
I see the states, across this big nation
I see the laws made in Washington, D.C
I think of the ones I consider my favorites
I think of the people that are working for me

Some civil servants are just like my loved ones
They work so hard and they try to be strong
I’m a lucky guy to live in my building
They own the buildings to help them along

[Chorus]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,327: ‘Don’t Worry About the Government’ – Talking Heads

  1. Dana says:

    I’ve never been crazy about the way these early Talking Heads albums were produced, but the music was great.

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