Song of the Day #4,195: ‘Burning Down the House (Live)’ – Talking Heads

Here’s a real Random Weekend treat: a clip from Jonathan Demme’s 1984 Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. This movie, and the accompanying soundtrack album, make up one of the greatest live performances ever captured on film or tape.

The creativity and energy of David Byrne and company are at an all-time high in these performances, captured over four nights at the Hollywood Pantages Theater.

I was shocked to discover I’ve never posted a song from Stop Making Sense in more than 11 years and 4,000 Songs of the Day. How is that possible?

I’m happy to remedy that now. Maybe I’ll dedicate a few more posts to this album sometime soon.

[Verse 1]
Ah
Watch out, you might get what you’re after
Cool, babies! Strange but not a stranger
I’m an ordinary guy
Burning down the house

[Verse 2]
Hold tight, wait ’til the party’s over
Hold tight, we’re in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

[Chorus 1]
Here’s your ticket, pack your bag, it’s time for jumping overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far, maybe you know where you are
Fighting fire with fire, ah!

[Verse 3]
All wet, here, you might need a raincoat
Shakedown, dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hundred sixty-five degrees
Burning down the house

[Chorus 2]
It was once upon a place, sometimes I listen to myself
Gonna come in first place
People on their way to work say, “Baby, what did you expect?”
Gonna burst into flame, ah!

[Synthesizer Solo]
Burning down the house

[Verse 4]
My house is out of the ordinary
That’s right, don’t wanna hurt nobody
Some things sure can sweep me off my feet
Burning down the house

[Chorus 3]
No visible means of support and you have not seen nothing yet
Everything’s stuck together
I don’t know what you expect staring into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire, ah!

[Instrumental Outro]

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,195: ‘Burning Down the House (Live)’ – Talking Heads

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    That is crazy! Glad the iTunes Fairy remedied this injustice!

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