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Talking Heads — This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Album: Speaking In Tongues
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Released: 1983
Length: 4:43
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me round
I feel numb - burn with a weak heart
(So I) guess I must be having fun
The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground
Head in the sky
It's ok I know nothing's wrong . . nothing

Hi yo I got plenty of time
Hi yo you got light in your eyes
And you're standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money
Always for love
Cover up + say goodnight . . . say goodnight

Home - is where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home - -she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place
I can't tell one from another
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time Before we were born
If someone asks, this where I'll be . . . where I'll be

Hi yo We drift in and out
Hi yo sing into my mouth
Out of all tose kinds of people
You got a face with a view
I'm just an animal looking for a home
Share the same space for a minute or two
And you love me till my heart stops
Love me till I'm dead
Eyes that light up, eyes look through you
Cover up the blank spots
Hit me on the head Ah ooh
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I'm finding the keyboards very grating.
Some tunes you love some you dislike, and then there's Talking Heads... Can't downvote it low enough
 poetdancer wrote:

Saw his show last Wednesday in San Francisco, and it was incredible. One of the best shows I've seen in years. Some great video is on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/l8zgIiGfdeg

 

 
I've seen him a couple of times - he's a fantastic performer.
 fortheloveofpete wrote:
just saw David Byrne last night in Boston.  The show was one of the best choreographed performance I've seen and the music was outstanding.  He played a lot of Heads stuff.  See it if you can.

 
Saw his show last Wednesday in San Francisco, and it was incredible. One of the best shows I've seen in years. Some great video is on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/l8zgIiGfdeg

 

this is a masterpiece.
just saw David Byrne last night in Boston.  The show was one of the best choreographed performance I've seen and the music was outstanding.  He played a lot of Heads stuff.  See it if you can.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVoPzA0g3Ac

Awesome stagecraft.
Lovely masterpiece. 10+.
Love this song, String Cheese does a fun version live. 
 ckevin63 wrote:
Still so evocative. Definitely my favorite TH song.

 
So hard to pick just one, but if I could, this might be my favorite too.
OOOHHH, cannot wait to hear this live at the Filmore Miami Beach!!
Still so evocative. Definitely my favorite TH song.
This is one of the best songs ever written. 
Always happy to hear this.
"Maintain a smooth ride..."
"Maintain a smooth ride..."  {#Motor}
Their best!
 Glória_Rocha wrote:
Talking Heads the best #Brasil {#Bananajam}

 
Com certeza!
Talking Heads the best #Brasil {#Bananajam}
A"10" all day long.
 joempie wrote:
melody?

 
You might wanna have a word with Stingray (where is the guy anyway). He has the same deficiency, the inability to recognize melody.
Over the years, this has become well known, but at the time, it was blowing our minds. Growing up with the Heads was a nice blessing
Wall Street memories every time......one of my favorite TH numbers.
Clever segue from afel bocoum :)  Keep it up!!
 VH1 wrote:


 
Cool dancin'{#Bananasplit}

 midget wrote:
Why is this allowed to exist?

 
You know, I am asking myself that self same question in regards to your person!
 midget wrote:
Why is this allowed to exist?

  Tippster wrote:

You sound like one of those joyless Emo people.  Just bop your head and groove, bud.

 

Sage advice, Tippster.


 Skydog wrote:
Loved the record shops in Ann Arbor.  Got lots of my money!  Did a lot of buying and selling at the used stores too.
I used to live at Schoolkids Records, Ann Arbor had some great record shops over the years
The pic below is Discount Records at the corner of State & Liberty, I dropped tons of cash there too
 

 

 Grammarcop wrote:
I bought this album on vinyl from Schoolkids Records in Ann Arbor while I was in grad school. Played the snot out of it.

Elvis Costello and U2 got me through my first year of grad school. This album got me through my second year.

 
Awesome.

Skoolkids got a huge chunk of my disposable income in AA 78-81. 
Driving in a JEEP with the top down music.
 Your post?

midget wrote:
Why is this allowed to exist?

 


 midget wrote:
Why is this allowed to exist?

 
You sound like one of those joyless Emo people.  Just bop your head and groove, bud.
RIP Bernie Worrell
 joempie wrote:
melody?

 
You may need a hearing aid. There's at least 3 melodies riffing through this number. 
 Grammarcop wrote:
I bought this album on vinyl from Schoolkids Records in Ann Arbor while I was in grad school. Played the snot out of it.

Elvis Costello and U2 got me through my first year of grad school. This album got me through my second year.

 
I used to live at Schoolkids Records, Ann Arbor had some great record shops over the years
The pic below is Discount Records at the corner of State & Liberty, I dropped tons of cash there too
 
I bought this album on vinyl from Schoolkids Records in Ann Arbor while I was in grad school. Played the snot out of it.

Elvis Costello and U2 got me through my first year of grad school. This album got me through my second year.
melody?
Why is this allowed to exist?
 dwhayslett wrote:

... "aggressive"?  Huh?

 yes, I mean it doesn't match the tone or mood given by the music in the background and because there is such a difference, it appears "aggressive" compared to the melody.
At a time of unspeakable emotional upheaval - this is my comfort music,
Being heavily influenced by protest rock, thematic rock, prog rock, during a time of cultural and political upheaval, the Heads (and other wave/punk bands of the time) taught me that music didn't always have to heavy and meaningful.  Sometimes it could just be fun. 
 aaronm wrote:
I really like the Postmodern Jukebox cover of this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qWJPglDkB0

 
that's fun
I'm glad to see papa do things in  Oscar Papa Romeo.
I really like the Postmodern Jukebox cover of this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qWJPglDkB0

gruß an den Schleich , du Hirn

ohne dich keine Heads



Must be here somewhere already but oh well.

"I did write one love song, in this movie I sing it to a lamp!" 
Not the place. 
 OceanBlue wrote:
Ugh. I know this is sacrilege, but I just don't get the Talking Heads. I guess you had to live it to get it. But this is painful and somewhat demented, to be honest... I can't get the image of a sick smiling clown head slowly rotating out of my head. {#Roflol}

 
I've always been a 'Heads fan. Saw them a few times in the early days before they took off. I dunno if you had to live it to get it, but it probably helped.

Some never 'got' the 'Heads. They were a unique band that plowed up real new ground with their first four records.

That clown thing...a semi-weird 'Heads fan might ask: why are you so weird? lol  {#Wink}
I like repetitive music if the groove is good, but this groove does nothing for me I'm afraid....
I think all about this song is the perfectly clean mix and the immediately identifiable voice of David, the lack of pretention and the risky way to play detuned instruments that could have made the song be a total failure, but they didn't. TH have that sense of building a memorable groove out of appearently simple chords and without technical tricks. Great song in the midtime of a quiet dancing party.
Ugh. I know this is sacrilege, but I just don't get the Talking Heads. I guess you had to live it to get it. But this is painful and somewhat demented, to be honest... I can't get the image of a sick smiling clown head slowly rotating out of my head. {#Roflol}
I love to {#Motor} with Talking Heads
"Naive melody" is a little too self-referential precious.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
The naive melody in the background carries its name well but the singing is hard to listen too.... it's kind of aggressive in comparison. Overall not more than 4 for this song. 

 
... "aggressive"?  Huh?
The naive melody in the background carries its name well but the singing is hard to listen too.... it's kind of aggressive in comparison. Overall not more than 4 for this song. 
Is this a best song of the 20th century??
so I can say: monotonously and boring. 
although in the 1980s it seemed to me too sludge.
 KaraokeVox wrote:

i think the generation you were born in may bias you toward one end of the century vs the other end.

i was six yrs old when this song came out and i bet you were in your twenties.  i never heard it on the radio like i did the pretenders or the who...so how can i be anywhere near a position to judge the best songs of the century?
i guess i can count myself lucky for being the few to experience mtv...when it still played videos and had real news.

 
 
I was born in 1990. {#Roflol}
And I didn't wrote „it's the best song of cenutry“.
Talikng Heads equal PSD {#Idea}
Thank you Bill. I needed that.
David is a genius.   But the band members sure deserve credit too !

 
 tupicetti wrote:
A smile showed up in my face as I listened to this song. It is exactly what I was needing, I am happy!
 
DITTO!
 
 allmodcons wrote:

I just can't stand Talking Heads.



 
Need to support you on that one.
 MikeszCZ wrote:
one of the greatest songs of the 20th century.

 
i think the generation you were born in may bias you toward one end of the century vs the other end.

i was six yrs old when this song came out and i bet you were in your twenties.  i never heard it on the radio like i did the pretenders or the who...so how can i be anywhere near a position to judge the best songs of the century?
i guess i can count myself lucky for being the few to experience mtv...when it still played videos and had real news.

 
one of the greatest songs of the 20th century.
 NicJohn wrote:
I love RP and listen often.  So no dis.  But sometimes I move over to www.radiodavidbyrne.com to hear something new.  Each month is a different playlist.  I can't always "take it" but other times I hear something new and refreshing.  

 
A while back the theme was Beatles covers, which doesn't sound very interesting but he dug out some amazing tracks from around the world that really made it mesmerizing. The fact that they all began with a song that I was familiar with helped. Of course I'm no "beatles purist" who wails and moans anytime someone does a cover.
 hallogallo wrote:

Love the Heads!

{#Meditate} 

 
I'd second that in the singular... ;-)

Love the Heads!

{#Meditate} 

 
I love RP and listen often.  So no dis.  But sometimes I move over to www.radiodavidbyrne.com to hear something new.  Each month is a different playlist.  I can't always "take it" but other times I hear something new and refreshing.  
 Stingray wrote:

PLEASE NOT!

Feels like Leonard Cohen and Pink Floyd!

OOOOH NOOOOOOOO - now he started singing!!!!!



 
Oh man! I love Leonard Cohen and Pink Floyd!  ...Although maybe not on the same song.  I don't see it though.  Sorry you don't like it.

PLEASE NOT!

Feels like Leonard Cohen and Pink Floyd!

OOOOH NOOOOOOOO - now he started singing!!!!!


{#Cowboy}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}  {#Guitarist} {#Dancingbanana_2} {#Cowboy} luv this band a lot  "yea calexico" 9
 gigikent wrote:
Sometimes i wonder why didn't the music industry just skip the 80s ?

 
Hahaha - they could at least start with the F.-Heads!
Not a single good song the past hour - if you ask me -  with the exception of the VERVE!
 RandomousJam wrote:
I just read David Byrne's book How Music Works - he is incredibly aware.

 
Ditto

Tough Read.....but he is very insightful.


I just read David Byrne's book How Music Works - he is incredibly aware.
 BillG wrote:

To add to this - Tina plays guitar on this track & David Byrne does the synth solo. I think it's Jerry Harrison on drums. I dunno about who plays the bass part - process of elimination would say Chris Franz. 

 
Jerry on bass, probably a loop plus Van Tieghem on drums?
 
LOVE!!!
A smile showed up in my face as I listened to this song. It is exactly what I was needing, I am happy!
Always {#Jump} with this one!


Easy TEN 
Well, they were (and are) important to me. Importance is overrated anyway. Very few songs finer than this one. Speaks of universalities (the notion of "home" and just how hard it is to define home in these rootless days and times) and does it in a light, airy and yet profoundly musical way. More Heads, more Heads. Fie on you Head-haters.
Way too much Talking Heads. Please fiind something else from the 80's? Musically not that important, as you think. 
Sometimes i wonder why didn't the music industry just skip the 80s ?
To each his own...Love the song and the Talking Heads
Pluueeeez stopppppp
< rant >  Utterly befuddled as to how anybody can like this band.  To me, David Byrne sounds like someone has his nuts squeezed in their fist as he attempts to "sing".

I know that the love of music is subjective, but jeezus.....  < /rant >
Great song! remind me a great movie too " this must be the place" must watch!  
happy swinging guys :)
pj 
I just love these guys ...  Haters gonna hate ....

 
It's OK.  Certainly not one of their best and I'm afraid after a 1, generous 3 and 7 I'm calling it a day today and headed to my own CD library.  I'm sure I'll be back to my usual satisfaction levels when I next come back.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Okay, maybe you didn't mean to damn Tina with faint praise, but for the record...she's a whale of a bass player, impeccable pace and timing, musical lines, and the ability to play within the demands of the song—and sometimes lead the song. "Take Me To The River" is an example of the latter. Check out her technique on the "Stop Making Sense" DVD, and you'll see for yourself.
 
To add to this - Tina plays guitar on this track & David Byrne does the synth solo. I think it's Jerry Harrison on drums. I dunno about who plays the bass part - process of elimination would say Chris Franz. 
 allmodcons wrote:

I just can't stand Talking Heads.



 
My sentiment exactly.
 allmodcons wrote:

I just can't stand Talking Heads.



 
I third this.
 allmodcons wrote:

I just can't stand Talking Heads.



 
Agreed.
 BibKiller wrote:
the place is here, the bike shop lol{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}-mechanic1

 

Mr. Byrne approves.

I just can't stand Talking Heads.


 misterbearbaby wrote:
You don't need some complex bulls*it to make a great rock song. A terrific hook, have something to say, good singin' and playin' and just get in the flow and say it, I think Tina Weymouth epitomizes that - she can barely play the 4 strings on her bass tht's almost as big as she is, but she plays her simple little line just right!
 
Okay, maybe you didn't mean to damn Tina with faint praise, but for the record...she's a whale of a bass player, impeccable pace and timing, musical lines, and the ability to play within the demands of the song—and sometimes lead the song. "Take Me To The River" is an example of the latter. Check out her technique on the "Stop Making Sense" DVD, and you'll see for yourself.
Will always remind me of Bud Fox house hunting in Wall Street...
 misterbearbaby wrote:
You don't need some complex bulls*it to make a great rock song. A terrific hook, have something to say, good singin' and playin' and just get in the flow and say it, I think Tina Weymouth epitomizes that - she can barely play the 4 strings on her bass that's almost as big as she is, but she plays her simple little line just right!
 
Tina Weymouth has always been a pretty skilled bass player.  She played with a lot more syncopation and feel than many other "rock/pop" bass players.
Favorite Talking Heads song. Aren't you glad you asked?
Great songs endure. This one sounds good whether the Heads are doing it, Shawn Colvin, or the host of others. This one can change the mood of the whole day...and 'Remain In Light' can change weeks or months.
..i must be under the influence (of RP), bumping TH up..i'm likin' this one more & more..5 >> 7..
the place is here, the bike shop lol{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}-mechanic1
 misterbearbaby wrote:
You don't need some complex bulls*it to make a great rock song. A terrific hook, have something to say, good singin' and playin' and just get in the flow and say it, I think Tina Weymouth epitomizes that - she can barely play the 4 strings on her bass tht's almost as big as she is, but she plays her simple little line just right!
 
....well said,misterbb.....cool.......
just watched the film for the second time and is even better,especially this song as its performed.
Greatest bouncy groove - then and now.
I love this song, and really like Shawn Colvin's version of it as well
Nice way to start my work day!!
this makes my head feel better.
Just tired of David Byrne trying so hard to be 'artistic'. Sounds stupid to me. I like TH for the most part.
Isnt this cool song performed by Byrne in the movie 'This must be the Place'?
You don't need some complex bulls*it to make a great rock song. A terrific hook, have something to say, good singin' and playin' and just get in the flow and say it, I think Tina Weymouth epitomizes that - she can barely play the 4 strings on her bass tht's almost as big as she is, but she plays her simple little line just right!
Nothin' but love from me.
The older I get the more I love Talking Heads.{#Sunny}
 fuzzy wrote:
I haven't heard them all, by any means, but i have yet to hear a Talking Heads song i like. Just not my cup o' tea.
 
How can you not like this song?  I really don't understand why so many people feel compelled to express their dislike of David Byrne and the Talking Heads on this site. 

Us fans don't really care if you dislike them, it isn't like we are going to change our minds if enough people post.
 lasker98 wrote:
I saw Talking Heads live at Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto in 77or 78, not sure. Totally changed my taste in music. Life changing experience for me. The four of them on stage close enough to touch, dressed just like anyone else in the crowd. Up until then I'd been a typical arena rock, big concert fan. I'll never forget how they affected my perception of music and live shows.
 
I envy you that memory. I missed that show of theirs, even though I was in T.O. then (and still am). Heard lots about it afterwards.

 toterola wrote:
I've loved this song since I first heard it (almost 30 years ago?!?).

But to me it will always be the song that Sam Seder and Janeane Garofalo closed their show "Majority Report" out with on Air America radio.

Peaches! {#Wave}
 
Not a big fan of this Talking Heads of David Byrne.  However, I was a huge fan of Air America.

I've loved this song since I first heard it (almost 30 years ago?!?).

But to me it will always be the song that Sam Seder and Janeane Garofalo closed their show "Majority Report" out with on Air America radio.

Peaches! {#Wave}
Who Didn't want to do Daryl Hannah after seeing her in Wall Street?

...of course there was Splash...


"Love me till my heart stops".  Great line!!