Burning Down the House

Album: Speaking in Tongues (1983)
Charted: 9
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  • Watch out you might get what you're after
    Boom babies strange but not a stranger
    I'm an ordinary guy
    Burning down the house

    Hold tight wait till the party's over
    Hold tight We're in for nasty weather
    There has got to be a way
    Burning down the house

    Here's your ticket pack your bag
    Time for jumpin' overboard
    The transportation is here
    Close enough but not too far
    Maybe you know where you are
    Fightin' fire with fire

    All wet! Hey you might need a raincoat
    Shakedown! Dreams walking in broad daylight
    Three hun-dred six-ty five de-grees
    Burning down the house

    It was once upon a place sometimes I listen to myself
    Gonna come in first place
    People on their way to work and baby what did you except
    Gonna burst into flame

    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

    No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin' yet
    Everything's stuck together
    And I don't know what you expect starring into the TV set
    Fighting fire with fireWriter/s: Chris Frantz, Christopher Frantz, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 15

  • Jj from DetroitAlso used to great effect in Neil Barsky's KOCH documentary...during a short flyover of Manhattan....
  • Markantney from BiloxeMay 2015,

    Chris, not certain if it's true but I recall (many years ago, late 80s or early 90s?) that Byrne was always PO'd that his bandmates had a MAJOR Hit (especially on the R&B side) with their Tom-Tom Club Album and/or they did the album behind his back,...the beef has something to do with their success independent of Byrne.

    But if that's true, you'd probably have to mix it with Franz and Weymouth probably wanted a bigger cut while being in the group after that hit?

    Regardless, like the Police, VHalen, Guns & Roses,...it's a shame a group breaks up that's slated for more success.
  • Chris from Norman, OkDoes anyone know why David Byrne refuses to have a reunion? Are there bad feelings?
  • Anne from Sanilac County, MiMy favorite part of the song is the extremely quiet guitar intro. Sadly, since I don't know when it's going to come on the radio beforehand, I usually miss it when I hear the song that way. I actually have to put the track on for myself to hear my favorite part at an audible volume, then I stick around for what is just a really great rest of the song.
  • Ryan from Aberdeen, SdI think the movie involving Bill Gates and Steve Jobs would have been "The Pirates of Silicon Valley." There was a lot of period music used in the soundtrack to denote the different years in which the story took place.
  • Paula from Laredo, TxThis song makes me move
  • Sunny from Kl, -The song appeared at the end of a movie where Bill Gates suggested to Steve Jobs collaboration between Microsoft and Apple.

    What's the name of that movie?
  • Bonnie from Long Beach, MsI have always loved this song, especially the DRUMS!!
  • Jon from Nyc, NyI recall the song from an episode of 'Hunter'
  • April from Raleigh, Ncit was used in the movie "True Stories" David Byrnes played a part. The Talking Heads did all the music for the film which stars John Goodman, Swoozie Kurtz & others. It also parody's another song "Once in a Lifetime" at a scene where a dance is going on, people copy the video of "Once in a Lifetime". funny.
  • John from Grand Island, NyIn the film "Stop Making Sense", David Byrne yells out "Who's Got a Match" right before this song starts.
  • John from Grand Island, NyThis song was used on the last episode of "Home Improvement" when Tim and Al actually burned down the "Tool Time" set after they cancelled the show.
  • Chris from Sevierville, TnIs one of those songs i always heard blaring at my uncle's house when I was a kid!!! Love it!!!
  • Jim from Kennett Square, PaOne of my favorite songs too. The Talking Heads did some great material. Sort of intellectual space cadets and their music was a lot of fun. The live version of this song in their concert film was wonderful!
  • Courtney from Orlando, FlI can't believe no one has commented on this freakin awesome song!
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