#SLS — “Heaven,” by Talking Heads

Jim Adams is the music-touting host of Song Lyric Sunday.  This week, Jim says:
This week we have the oxymoron related prompts of Different/Same and hopefully this will fit for everyone.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

The Talking Heads Song That Explains Talking Heads
Talking Heads: l. – r. David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz. Photo is from The New Yorker, which has a good article about the group.

 

from wikipedia:
Speaking in Tongues is the fifth studio album by American rock band Talking Heads, released on June 1, 1983 by Sire Records. After their split with producer Brian Eno and a short hiatus, which allowed the individual members to pursue side projects, recording began in 1982. It became the band’s commercial breakthrough and produced the band’s sole US top-ten hit, “Burning Down the House“.

The album’s tour was documented in Jonathan Demme’s 1984 film Stop Making Sense, which generated a live album of the same name. The album also crossed over to the dance charts, where it peaked at number two for six weeks. It is the group’s highest-charting album on the US Billboard 200. It was also their biggest-selling album in Canada, where it was certified platinum in 1983.

From the youtube link information:
“Stop Making Sense” is a 1984 concert film featuring a live performance by Talking Heads. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album “Speaking In Tongues”. The movie is notable for being the first made entirely using digital audio techniques.

Now that you are expecting a song from “Speaking in Tongues,” I’m going to throw a curve ball at you. Even though the youtube included here is from the concert film, “Stop Making Sense,” the selection is not from that album.

Heaven” is a song from their 1979 album Fear of Music. The song has been called “the calm after their unusual ominous storm” by AllMusic as well as something “psychologists would certainly have a field day with” by journalist Ian Gittins. Dave Bell, writing for quarterly UK magazine Ceasefire, argued that the song “epitomizes pop as Samuel Beckett might write it: tedious, beautiful and desperate.”

As I listen to it, the sheer beauty of it knocks me over. Then the lyrics start to work on me, and I realize it isn’t clear whether this is a song of sorrow or a song of relief. For a person whose life has been drenched with chaos forever, to have a place where “nothing ever happens” doesn’t sound half bad.

I want to know who is singing with David on this song!  It doesn’t show it in the video and research on it is turning up zip.  If anyone knows, please let me know.

Update:  Max/badfinger20 has answered the question — thank you Max! :

With each successive song, Byrne is joined by more members of the band: first by Tina Weymouth for “Heaven” (with Lynn Mabry providing harmony vocals from backstage),

One more thing:  I saw a headline earlier today where Chris Frantz, drummer for Talking Heads (and husband of bass player, Tina Weymouth, shown here with David) is saying don’t envy David Byrne’s life or something to that effect.  WTH kind of thing is that to say about someone.  How would he like it if I started posting don’t envy Chris Frantz’ life?  Seriously, what David does and how David lives is nobody’s business but his own.  Your idea of life satisfaction may be very different than his, Chris.  He may not envy your life either, but do you hear him spouting off about it?  Leave him be who he is, which is a great creative force in the cosmos.

 

 

 

Everyone is trying
To get to the bar
The name of the bar
The bar is called heaven

The band in heaven
They play my favorite song
Play it one more time
Play it all night long

Heaven
Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens
Heaven
Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens

There is a party
Everyone is there
Everyone will leave
At exactly the same time

It’s hard to imagine that
Nothing at all
Could be so exciting
Could be this much fun

Heaven
Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens
Heaven
Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens

When this kiss is over
It will start again
It will not be any different
It will be exactly the same

It’s hard to imagine
That nothing at all
Could be so exciting
Could be this much fun

Heaven
Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens
Heaven
Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens
Songwriters: David Byrne / Jerry Harrison

 

49 Comments Add yours

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I never really heard a ballad by them…I like the two vocals.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s a haunting song. If you can figure out who is singing with him, I’ll owe you one!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        With each successive song, Byrne is joined by more members of the band: first by Tina Weymouth for “Heaven” (with Lynn Mabry providing harmony vocals from backstage),

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Fantastique! I owe you, my friend 🙂

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            Just keep reading my boring posts! lol

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Your posts are always interesting, Max. I will keep reading them 🙂

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              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                Well thank you…
                The album draft is a lot of fun…I’m in heaven with these Beatles.

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  You’re welcome. Do you think all of their albums will be chosen by the end? I think they will.

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                  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                    No…I think maybe Sgt Pepper will be chosen. I could be wrong…I probably won’t take another because I’m going to try not to double dip in an artist…BUT…I won’t promise that.
                    Would you take someone twice?

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                    1. msjadeli says:

                      Max, you can double, triple, quadruple dip if you want to. Pick your favorites no matter what. I’d be surprised if you didn’t choose another Beatles album!

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                    2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                      I’m trying not to but I just might…it depends. I know…it would be in the late rounds….I

                      Its fun trying to guess…on you I have a guess…I think a good guess…Dave I have one also.

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                    3. msjadeli says:

                      LOL. I bet you will not guess my choices on rounds 3 & 4, but you might in later rounds. There are certain groups that cannot be left, you know what I mean. Just like I know what at least two of your other choices will be.

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                    4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                      I was highly surprised you didn’t go with All Things Must Pass
                      I’m going rogue with a few choices…one by a popular band but not a popular album

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                    5. msjadeli says:

                      I planned on it but I should have snagged it first 😦 I’m getting geeked about the draft choices. Being part of the group who loves music is a good feeling.

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                    6. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                      Yes it is…I also like meeting the other people that I didn’t know.

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  2. It will not be any different It will be exactly the same. This is a very peaceful song Li and if I get to Heaven I would hope to see concerts every day and it not become a place where nothing ever happens.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like the song. I feel certain you will be going to heaven.

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      1. I am a non-practicing Catholic and anyone can get to heaven as long as you believe.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You know, “anyone can get to heaven as long as you believe” would be a great line in a refrain of a song.

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  3. Jen Goldie says:

    I’ve never heard this song. I like it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Cool. I like it too!

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  4. freefallin14 says:

    I don’t remember ever hearing this song before. It’s really good.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Yes it is

      Like

  5. Sheree says:

    Great choice!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sheree!

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  6. That was a lovely start to my Sunday.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good to hear (pun intended) Mr. Bump UK 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. hotfox63 says:

    Good song but “Burning Down The House” or “Road To Nowhere” was a lot more interesting for me.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      They have a wondrous catalogue of music, don’t they.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. hotfox63 says:

        In the beginning were the Talking Heads really the best band in the world (even if they weren’t so well known back then). Later they became the super group Talking Heads with sometimes a bit too much bombast, but still good.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You may be right on both accounts.

          Liked by 1 person

  8. willowdot21 says:

    Such a great sound, David Byrne has such a distinctive voice .💜

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes he does ❤

      Like

  9. J-Dub says:

    New to me and I like it. Thanks for expanding my horizons 😎

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you like the tune, J, my pleasure 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Lisa Coleman says:

    I really like this song! Call me partial since my dog’s name is Heaven. Actually nice to hear a ballad from him. Loved it! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Cool about your dog, Heaven, great name. David sounds so good and so does Mabry, who they kept off stage to sing with him for some reason!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Lisa Coleman says:

        That was strange to me. 😊

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  11. memadtwo says:

    Haunting is exactly the right word for this. Great to see it live too. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, I want a DVD of this concert. He is mesmerizing on stage. The music is just a bonus 😉

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      1. memadtwo says:

        An amazing talent.

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  12. Remember hearing this for the FIRST time and not believing it was Talking heads because no way could they sound this calm. 😀 😀 😀 Nice share!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You know, I didn’t realize them doing ballads was so unusual, but you and others are making a believer out of me 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the selection, Nesie.

      Like

  13. What a pretty song you chose Lisa. It was very gentle. Loved it ☺️

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  14. Irene says:

    Love this song, great choice!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it, Irene.

      Liked by 1 person

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