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David Byrne — Lazy
Album: Grown Backwards
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Released: 2004
Length: 9:33
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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

I open up my mouth, it comes rushin' out
Nothin', doin' nadda, never, how you like me now?
Wouldn't it be mad, wouldn't it be fine
Lazy, lucky lady, dancin', lovin' all the time

I-I-I-I'm wicked and I'm lazy
Ooooh, don't you wanna save me

Some folks they got money an' some folks lives are sweet
Some folks make decisions an' some folks clean the streets, now
Imagine what it feels like, imagine how it sounds
Imagine life is perfect an' everything works out

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!

I-I-I-I'm wicked and I'm lazy
Ooooh, don't you wanna save me

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!

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!

I-I-I-I'm wicked and I'm lazy
Ooooh, don't you wanna save me

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

Hard men, hard lives
Hard keepin' it all inside
Good times, good God
I'm so lazy I almost stop!

*Cough*

I-I-I-I'm wicked and I'm lazy
Ooooh, don't you wanna save me

I-I-I-I'm wicked and I'm lazy
Ooooh, don't you wanna save me
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Killer David Byrne song.  Do not pass up the opportunity to see David Byrne live!
 
 
"I-I-I-I'm wicked and I'm lazy
Ooooh, don't you wanna save me"
 
 
 
No, Dave, I'd just rather use the PSD button for all it's worth.
 




unclelonghair wrote:
I like David Byrne but this is surprisingly bad.  And just seems to go on forever?  Sounds like pop synth elevator muzak.

 


 
Unclelonghair, you're right on all three counts...well, maybe not "surprisingly bad." A lot of recent David Byrne is reliably, predictably bad. And it does go on forever--9:36. Even the slower versions of the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony clock in under that, and Beethoven had so much more to say.  
 coloradojohn wrote:
I like it.  It is quite derivative of a frenetic groove from an old Talking Heads song, "The Great Curve," from Remain In Light...

 
Spot on CJ, a little glimpse of his past greatness.
I find I often admire what David Byrne is aiming to do, without getting that much satisfaction from the final product.
Freaking awesome.
So glad I PSD'd from monsters and men
Goddamn Godlike!! Because this is an unique artist and the ''Lazy'' is a piece of art! {#Cool}
 rtrudeau wrote:
Good grief — does this song ever end?
Edit: I looked it up (since I'm not lazy). This thing is 9:36 long. That's too much, in my estimation, by about 8 minutes.
 
By about 9:34 in my view. Truly David Byrne is the Pseudy Ponce's Pseudy Ponce. A darling of the chatterati and hipsters and arty review shows, but ultimately with the substance of a Will Self and the same degree of self-importance. An auto-rate 1 and TFFPSD.
And he looks so cute - in his little red suit!
This is why, not matter what, I don't skip songs. The previous song was just god awful to my ears but the segue into this one was extraordinary. Don't change a thing Bill!
I like David Byrne but this is surprisingly bad.  And just seems to go on forever?  Sounds like pop synth elevator muzak.
 scarletdancer wrote:
I don't understand the naysayers.  I like this!  {#Clap}

 
I as well!  At first I thought we were in for Elton John's Sixty Years On.  This is quite likable.
I am not normally a big TH or DB fan...but his music is ALWAYS interesting, and this is a breakthrough song for me. Pretty groovie
I like it.  It is quite derivative of a frenetic groove from an old Talking Heads song, "The Great Curve," from Remain In Light...
Here we go again. A DB song I love. Yet I can't stand TH. I'm puzzled. 
 

Posted: Mar 22, 2005 - 08:41
 

Ender43 wrote:
There is a remix (Electronic) out there that blows away this original...more deeply melodic and less reedy
 
ert wrote:
Yeah, it's by X-Press 2 and Byrne still does the vocals. It's much better. This one doesn't actually even appear to be on the Grown Backwards album.

 
thank you for the info (this version = meh : )
{#Dancingbanana}
awesomeo, like all DB
If he were lazier perhaps he would not have written this song. 

Do not understand Bill's attraction to post TH Byrne.  It is all so uninspiring.   
 scarletdancer wrote:
I don't understand the naysayers.  I like this!  {#Clap}

 
Me too {#Clap} Simply because not a lot of blokes admit to it...(I'm lazy as a man can be!) {#Lol}
It seems that post Talking Heads, David Byrne produces only junk...
I don't understand the naysayers.  I like this!  {#Clap}
I can see only one reason why Bill would play a nine minute song that is rated 5.0 or lower in stead of three decent songs of 3 minutes... he's lazy. {#Yes}
 GregX59 wrote:
Man - this song drags on and on and on... If we have to listen to a song called "Lazy" make it Deep Purple's "Lazy".
 
Great idea! 

I know for certain this exists in a remixed - and much better - version. Play that one please!
{#Puke}
this sucks.

Thanks for the info......... back in 9 minutes...........

 
rtrudeau wrote:
Good grief — does this song ever end?
Edit: I looked it up (since I'm not lazy). This thing is 9:36 long. That's too much, in my estimation, by about 8 minutes.

 


Dig this tune.
He's too lazy to finish the song. Wicked.
Good grief — does this song ever end?
Edit: I looked it up (since I'm not lazy). This thing is 9:36 long. That's too much, in my estimation, by about 8 minutes.


{#Beat}

DB    Me
themotion wrote:
Byrne fans? ... Where?
Right here. :wave: David Byrne, for me, is the epitome of "Godlike." But to each her own. :music:
Make it stop!
sounds like it should be on Charlies' Angels or Starsky and Hutch...
SARKO BARFO!
I'm surprised this is still played given its poor rating by listeners.
This song slipped from a four to a three....
GregX59 wrote:
Man - this song drags on and on and on... If we have to listen to a song called "Lazy" make it Deep Purple's "Lazy".
Spot on!!! Thank you!!!
Ender43 wrote:
...Byrne fans should check it out.
Byrne fans? ... Where?
I like eclectisism, but putting this after the tremendous Fanfare for the Common Man just can't be expected to go well... Wow does this sound bad in comparison.
Poor girlfriend... :cheesygrin:
Wake me when it's over.
Enough, we get it, your lazy
Dave, go home to the Talking Heads, they're waiting for you.
Funktacular, baby!
I think he lifted part of that violin riff straigt from the theme of CHiPs. :motor:
Is this man in pain? He moans like a cow stuck in a barb wire fence.
Bill, I like your style! What a great follow-up to the Big Daddy cover!
Again, the remixes of the song sound better to me - and yes, they sound good in a club - I recommend "finding" the mix with Xpress2. I heard that mix first, then this original version, and I certainly like the mix more...
I like it. I bet it would sound great on a club sound system. How come "Lazy" isn't mentioned on the track listing?
Man - this song drags on and on and on... If we have to listen to a song called "Lazy" make it Deep Purple's "Lazy".
Bad, very bad. Way to repetitive. I registered just so I could rate it a one. :beat:
For a song called "Lazy" it sure seems kind of busy.
ert wrote:
Yeah, it's by X-Press 2 and Byrne still does the vocals. It's much better. This one doesn't actually even appear to be on the Grown Backwards album.
Yeah that's the one, it's on one of my running mixes...Byrne fans should check it out.
Ender43 wrote:
There is a remix (Electronic) out there that blows away this original...more deeply melodic and less reedy
Yeah, it's by X-Press 2 and Byrne still does the vocals. It's much better. This one doesn't actually even appear to be on the Grown Backwards album.
There is a remix (Electronic) out there that blows away this original...more deeply melodic and less reedy
Sounds like a David Byrne that's trying hard to be the David Byrne that didn't used to have to try hard.
The start makes me think of Bjork, but the rest would fit too, except for the voice. :D
Previous definition of "ambivalence": seeing your mother-in-law drive over a cliff in your new car. New definition of "ambivalence": listening to David Byrne and thinking of something intelligent to say about him.
Technically perfect, excellent production, spiritually empty. Missing that spark. Like a jazz or classical musician that hits tons of notes but says nothing. Clever but anoying. If I never heard it again that would be fine.
KevDog kinda digs it. It is a 6.5.
The dvd of David's show from Union Chapel in London features a fine version of this, complete with string section. The concert also includes his cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"!!!!
I prefer the single edit (although I miss the strings)
Apt name for this tune. David, David, we hardly knew ye! :stop: :yawn: :puke:
:frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated: Oh how I hate this song, will it ever end?
oh yeaaaa work it david work it!!!!!
definitely cool
I like this a lot better than that other track from this disc that has been played so much around here. I really like the strings at the end of this one.
I guess I'm still just a sucker for David Byrne. Didn't like this much when I first heard it here on RP. But now I'm beginning to get into it. The man just works on so many different levels.
Thanks for playing, I think this is cool.
I am big daviv Byrne Fan, but this is very painful to hear.. it is like watching true stories over and over...Please, seriously...stop it...
I liked the Talking Heads but this song sucks. 1. way too long and repetitive. 2. his vocals are the same few sliding riffs that were creative in the original TH songs but now he is just endlessly recycling his old tricks over and over and over and over and (you get the idea). Sucks. Totally. PLEASE QUIT PLAYING IT SO MUCH!!
masterhead wrote:
I was trying to give this song a chance since I like David Byrne a bunch.. but this song sucks..really sucks...
Lots of positives for this song. The comments and ratings are consistent. The universal disdain they express show show that good taste is alive and well and that it can be pretty easy to get people to agree about stuff. Thanks, David. Thanks, too, for the long intro that gives would-be listeners time to hit the mute button! All around, this song has LOTS of redeeming features!
This is the song that never ends... it just goes on and on, my friends... could have lived without this one.
I was trying to give this song a chance since I like David Byrne a bunch.. but this song sucks..really sucks... It is not The Temptations..It is not Shaft..It is not Disco...It becomes nothing
David always gets high marks for inventiveness, to say nothing of chutzpah.
This song seems to play on RP every day. I like it--but not that much!
Pipes wrote:
Starts out like a Moody Blues song. Kinda fun! :bounce:
I was thinking of Papa Was a Rolling Stone, especially because of the strings arrangement.
I didn't think it was a great song when I heard it first... Everytime I hear it again, it becomes more annoying though... :stop:
My volume 10 of Paste magazine arrived yesterday, featuring an article on David Byrne.
vhope1 wrote:
I couldn't agree more--he's being a bit long-winded here and needs an editor.
Exactly , whatever happened to that frantic energy of Talking Heads Days !
OK, this rocks...in a wierd, grown backward, David Byrne sort of way
UncleChig wrote:
Oh David .. Oh Hum ... Oh David , Oh Hummmm zzzzz....
I couldn't agree more--he's being a bit long-winded here and needs an editor.
Would have been great as an action scene track for CHiPs. Minus the annoying lyrics. And it just goes on and on and on. Time to move on.
Oh David .. Oh Hum ... Oh David , Oh Hummmm zzzzz....
keyriest wrote:
Give this tune a rest. It hurts.
:headache: :headache: :headache:
Give this tune a rest. It hurts.
Why is it still going? Is he trying to outlast Inagadavida?
I can groove to this. It keeps me awake. How often can this happen with a song about being lazy?
What, no reggae covers of this song available?
No mas, no mas! I'll tell you where I hid the WMD!!!!
OK, DB live is surely fun, but this song is getting WAY too much play. It was almost OK the first few times, but it's positively painful now.
This always gets me smiling again. Thanks!! :sunny.gif:
Love this song. Love Tosca. Bought the Album. Expected more songs like this. Not to be. Very odd, indeed. Maybe in a couple of years, I'll get it. In the meantime. It kind of grates on me.
It's mezmerizing - not brilliant, but at least original.
Starts out like a Moody Blues song. Kinda fun! :bounce:
This is total crap. Enuff said
Much better when Fatboy Slim mixed this into the Brighton Beach show.
I hate Flanders
frankydee wrote:
David Byrne is unique. Music does not please everyone but you still have to show respect for this guy. One of a kind.
OK, I'm challenged. I like several TH songs a lot. Otherwise, I find DB's music facile. I'm sure he has great personal charisma at a cocktail party, but I just don't get the "genius" label for this guy.
I get pissy whenever this song comes up. Can't do Byrne . Please go away. :P
I don't think this is credited to David Byrne, nor is it from the album Grown Backwards. Rather, it's a group called "X-Press 2" that David liked and did vocals for on this one track three years ago ( https://www.talking-heads.net/lazy.html ) I really liked the original version of this track. The version on RP yesterday was stripped down a little too much.
Heathen wrote:
He is indeed lazy... to lazy to write decent music. This is utter arse and totally repetitive. :(
David Byrne is unique. Music does not please everyone but you still have to show respect for this guy. One of a kind.
DAVID GETS TRAPPED IN HIS OWN ECLECTICNESS...BUT I STILL ENJOY HIS FUNNY SINGING...
He is indeed lazy... to lazy to write decent music. This is utter arse and totally repetitive. :(
This song just pulls you in.
According to the AMG web site, this clocks in at over nine minutes. If Bill was spinning vinyl on the air like they did in the old days, this would be a bathroom break song....... :D
I just saw David and the Tosca Strings perform this at Joe's Pub in NY last night. I think it is the best thing he has done since Talking Heads. This guy is pure class, and the new album is outstanding. I was about to upload it after the show, and am VERY pleased to see it up already. Heavy rotation on this one, please!!!
Maybe it's me, but I really haven't cared for much of what David Byrne has done since he left Talking Heads (and for that matter, their last few albums). I usually do like attempts made at so-called "world music", but somehow I've grown tired of his vocals. But anything you want to play off the Heads first 4 albums would make me happy, and I'll always admire Mr. Byrne for his contributions.
Heathen wrote:
Was it me or did this song just go on and on and on and on and on?
Yeah .. this must be the extended dance mix or something ....
This version is so much better than the one that was out in the UK a couple of years ago. It did really get into your head though :frustrated:
Was it me or did this song just go on and on and on and on and on?
Thought this was probably something from the World Music collection and was really enjoying the music. Then that unmistakable voice came on and I knew why I liked it so much. Cheers for playing one of the most innovative musicians of our time!