Song of the Day #4,929: ‘Lazy’ – David Byrne

Happy New Year to all my readers, loyal and casual alike! Here’s hoping 2022 is brighter than either of the past two years. I’d say it couldn’t be much worse, but I know better than that.

Kicking things off on the first day of the year is Random Weekend selection from David Byrne’s 2004 album Grown Backwards.

This song was a bonus track, and an extended (9 minute!) version of a collaboration with British house band X-Press 2 that made a minor splash on the charts.

Byrne added orchestral flourishes in keeping with the rest of Grown Backwards‘ sound and turned a dance track into a trippy mashup.

[Verse 1]
I’m lazy when I’m lovin’, I’m lazy when I play
I’m lazy with my girlfriend a thousand times a day
I’m lazy when I’m speaking, I’m lazy when I walk
I’m lazy when I’m dancin’ and I’m lazy when I talk

[Verse 2]
I open up my mouth, air comes rushin’ out
Nothin’, doin’ nada, never, how you like me now?
Wouldn’t it be mad, wouldn’t it be fine
Lazy, lucky lady, dancin’, lovin’ all the time?

[Chorus]
Oh, I’m wicked and I’m lazy
Oh, don’t you wanna save me?
Lazy, lazy
Lazy, lazy

[Verse 3]
Now some folks they got money and some folks lives are sweet
And some folks make decisions and some folks clean the streets, now
Imagine what it feels like, imagine how it sounds
If everything were perfect and everything works out

[Pre-Chorus]
No tears are fallin’ from my eyes
I’m keepin’ all the pain inside
Now don’t you wanna live with me?
I’m lazy as a man can be

[Chorus]
Oh, I’m wicked and I’m lazy
Oh, don’t you wanna save me?
Oh, I’m wicked and I’m lazy
Oh, don’t you wanna save me?
I’m lazy, lazy
Lazy, lazy

[Verse 4]
Imagine there’s a girlfriend, imagine there’s a job
Imagine there’s an answer, imagine there’s a god
Imagine I’m a devil, imagine I’m a saint
Lazy money, lazy sexy, lazy outta space

[Pre-Chorus]
No tears are fallin’ from my eyes
I’m keepin’ all the pain inside
Now don’t you wanna live with me?
I’m lazy as a man can be

[Chorus]
Oh, I’m wicked and I’m lazy
Oh, don’t you wanna save me?
Oh, I’m wicked and I’m lazy
Oh, don’t you wanna save me?

[Verse 5]
Lazy when I work, lazy on the bed
Screamin’ all you like, but it only fades away
I’m lazy when I’m prayin’, lazy on the job
Got a lazy mind, a lazy eye, a lazy, lazy father

[Bridge]
Hard men, hard lives
Hard keepin’ it all inside
Good times, good God
So lazy I almost stop

[Chorus]
Oh, I’m wicked and I’m lazy
Oh, don’t you wanna save me?
Oh, I’m wicked and I’m lazy
Oh, don’t you wanna save me?

[Instrumental Break]

[Chorus]
I’m lazy, lazy
Lazy, lazy
Oh, I’m wicked and I’m lazy
Oh, don’t you wanna save me?
Oh, I’m wicked and I’m lazy
Oh, don’t you wanna save me?

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,929: ‘Lazy’ – David Byrne

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This loyal reader looks forward to another year of SOTD.

  2. Peg says:

    Happy New Year!

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