Like many Talking Heads songs, the lyrics to "Perfect World" are rather abstract, in this case dealing with a relationship between a guy and a girl. Unlike most Talking Heads songs, the lyrics weren't written by frontman David Byrne.
Early on, drummer Chris Frantz wrote some lyrics for the band, including "Warning Sign
," which appeared on their second album. For their sixth album, Little Creatures
, Byrne dug up some lyrics Frantz had written years earlier and used them for "Perfect World." Frantz calls the song "a mini love story."