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Talking Heads — Swamp
Album: Stop Making Sense
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Released: 1984
Length: 4:26
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Now, let me tell you a story
The Devil, he has a plan
Bag of bones in his pocket
Get anything you want
No dust, no rocks
The whole thing is over
All those beauties in solid motion
All those beauties
They're gonna swallow you up

Let's go
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi, hi

One time too many
Too far to go
Hi, we've come to take you home, whoo-oo

When they split those atoms
It's hotter than the Sun
Blood is a special substance
They gonna pray for that man
So wake up, young lovers
The whole thing is over
Watch out, touch monkeys
All that blood
They're gonna swallow you whole

Let's go
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi, hi

What's that? who's driving?
Where we going? who knows?
Hi, we've come to take you home, whoo-oo

How many people do you think I am?
Pretend I am somebody else
You can pretend I'm a old millionare
A millionare washin' his hands
Rattle the bones of dreams that stick out
A medical chart on the wall
Soft violins, hands touch your throat
Everyone wants to explode

Now, when your hands get dirty
Nobody knows you at all
Don't have a window to slip out of
Lights on, nobody home
Click-click, see ya later
Beta-beta, and no time to rest
Picka-picka, risky business
All that blood will never cover that mess

Let's go
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi, hi

So soft, hard feeling
No tricks, let's go
Hi, we've come to take you home, whoo-oo
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi, hi
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi, hi
Hi, hi-hi-hi-hi-hi
Comments (117)add comment
 max_p wrote:
saw that the big suit routine was recently  revived by the innovator Kanye West.
 

Yeah, that really does make him such an "innovator"...
 max_p wrote:
saw that the big suit routine was recently  revived by the innovator Kanye West.
 

"innovator"? lol
 h8rhater wrote:

Apples and oranges. 

Besides it's neither.  

Clearly it is The Last Waltz. (tongue in cheek)
 
All 3 Are Stupendous! 
S.R.T.S
S.M.S
& the L.W
saw that the big suit routine was recently  revived by the innovator Kanye West.
 mlcarroll wrote:

Led Zep's "The Song Remains the Same" got it beat by a mile.


 
Apples and oranges. 

Besides it's neither.  

Clearly it is The Last Waltz. (tongue in cheek)
Ok...as I predicted David Byrne would creep up after the wonderful Al Green 'Take Me To The River'. At least it was a clever follow up as 'Swamp'. Points given even if it's reluctant.
I don't know why or how this came into my mind listening to this song...

"Swamp thang - I think I love you!"
Saw this when it was released on the big screen in a funky old movie theater in Ithaca, NY. Ah...that's how you watch a movie worth watching. Not on some small screen phone! And stay off my lawn, you kids!
Who remembers Chicory Tip? {#Laughing}
One of the many highlights from a great concert film.
Memory/Flashback. Summer 1985. On a very noisy and very vibrating DC3 returning to Florida from the Bahamas following a debaucherous 2 week "field-trip" (for which I actually received college credit!).  Thoroughly sunburned, mosquito bitten, and sleep-deprived, and somebody actually manages to play this song on the plane above the engine noise, and we all were dancing in the aisles and anywhere else we could. I actually wondered about the integrity of the plane with the rocking we were doing. Classic memory, and I see that I already gave this a solid eighter. Ahhh, youth. Right on.
This classic stuff is when Byrne was truly in his element. 

Click click- see ya later 
Cool looking suit. I think its either silk or linen. 
okay, now I don't even want to work...... just move & groove to all this good music!!


why?

Great party album Burning down the house!
One of my favorite RP segues - Al Green to the THeads.  Thanks!
 CaffeineSam wrote:
They're just heads, how are they even collect the air to make their vocal chords vibrate ?

 
They took that name seeing TVnew's people on TV 'cause we see only their head when they talk...So they look like ''talking heads''. 
This is AWE some!
ALSO ON THE SOUND TRACK' KING OF COMEDY' WITH BOBBY DENIRO / MOST EXCELLENT
Delightfully skeezy!
They're just heads, how are they even collect the air to make their vocal chords vibrate ?

One of their best on hit tracks for Speaking in Tongues era heads. Mumbly and menacing.


 C57BL6 wrote:
This reminds me of back when Tom Cruise was likable

 
Inconceivable!
Sly and The Family of Talking Heads
ohhhh i love this!
Not a big TH fan though not a hater, this songs pretty good though.
 wlpendley wrote:

Yup, nice segue Bill.

 
he done it again! he he
I heard him sing "risky business" and this song is in the movie of the same name


And now I see everyone already said this... 
 C57BL6 wrote:
This reminds me of back when Tom Cruise was likable

 
{#Lol}
This reminds me of back when Tom Cruise was likable
Holy crap, I haven't heard this song in decades. Love RP!
 bluedot wrote:

Oh, please...

He's talented but SOOO annoying....

Methinks YOU don't get it....

 
I think you've demonstrated that you don't get it . . .
skip.
 sirdroseph wrote:

This is one of the TH songs I like!

 
This is one of the TH songs I do not like. :-(
Liking this, wish he would loosen his YFronts more often.
 milozot wrote:
2/24/2012 ~9:40

Al Green Take Me to the River  >  TH's Swamp

nice....
 
ys its is{#Rolleyes}
LOVE this.
 milozot wrote:
2/24/2012 ~9:40

Al Green Take Me to the River  >  TH's Swamp

nice....
 
Yup, nice segue Bill.
2/24/2012 ~9:40

Al Green Take Me to the River  >  TH's Swamp

nice....
some songs are hidden gems.  some songs, however, are this.
Holy crap!  A Talking Heads song I enjoyed!!  I won't vote on it, though, because I don't want to encourage Bill.
 MiracleDrug wrote:
it occurs to me people either get David/TH...

or they don't...

pity the don't.

 
Oh, please...

He's talented but SOOO annoying....

Methinks YOU don't get it....

it occurs to me people either get David/TH...

or they don't...

pity the don't.

GOD like....
Risky Business
Al Green to Talking Heads - nice mix, Bill!
yo -o, whoop, whoop!! {#Sunny}   
 BowTieDad wrote:
Captain Beefheart?
 

Yeah, and Frank Zappa.

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I think all you people who claim to hate the Talking Heads are just pissed because you ignored all that "new wave shit" and spent your 80s listening to Kansas and Mr. Roboto Journey.

Ha ha ha I mock you.

 


Time to go play LRC roulette.

This is one of the TH songs I like!


Al Green with Take Me To The River followed by Talking Heads, who, of course, did a totally kick-ass version of TMTTR. Not to mention the river-swamp connection... Way to go, thematically speaking!

                                                                  {#Puke}


quiet haters, you know not of what ye speak
What's the line? Sometimes it's better for a fool to keep his mouth shut than open t and confirm the truth?  NoSense is right, with this one, TH.
Like the creepy feel of this song...especially after a night of reading Clive Barker's "Books of Blood" non-stop... :P
Nice water based segue! Sometimes.I just don't get it, but this is easy!
fun tune.
I like me some Talking Heads... and this fills the bill quite fine, thank you.
If you dont "get" the T Heads— so be it it but I saw this tour and it was awesome! Very fond memories and still love the music!
I usually like the Talking Heads, but David Byrne's voice is pretty annoying in this one - I'm assuming that's him...

Hmmm, time to see what's on SOMA or KCRW . . .
{#Bounce}
Me too.
 
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
I just added my 8 in support of TH.  A little ballast against the "incessant" criticism they take on RP.  One of my favorite bands ever.
 


 Papernapkin wrote:

This is a fair criticism. With the incessant playing of the Talking Heads, RP is becoming less pleasant. While I like much of the music here, I spend more of my time streaming KCRW out of Santa Monica.
 
YES!  If you don't like the THs... spend more (or all) of your time elsewhere.   That or quit your cryin'

No....not up to the normal standards
not one of TH's better tracks
Captain Beefheart?
If I were to follow anyone's Twitter (I don't...yet) it would be David Byrne...
or Johnny Depp. {#Heartkiss}  
did he say touch monkeys?
!!Viva Talking heads!!
i quite like Talking Heads but i've no idea how this crap slipping through the net
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I think all you people who claim to hate the Talking Heads are just pissed because you ignored all that "new wave shit" and spent your 80s listening to Kansas and Mr. Roboto.

Ha ha ha I mock you.

 
{#Lol} . . . and Wham!

I think all you people who claim to hate the Talking Heads are just pissed because you ignored all that "new wave shit" and spent your 80s listening to Kansas and Mr. Roboto.

Ha ha ha I mock you.

SMS is one of the best live albums ever made. Love dem Talking Heads!
I just added my 8 in support of TH.  A little ballast against the "incessant" criticism they take on RP.  One of my favorite bands ever.


  Papernapkin wrote:
This is a fair criticism. With the incessant playing of the Talking Heads, RP is becoming less pleasant. While I like much of the music here, I spend more of my time streaming KCRW out of Santa Monica.
 
Me thinks you exaggerate. Definition of incessant (from Dictionary.com) - continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending. The RP playlist indicates there is no incessant playing of Talking Heads, unless you are speaking in a geological time frame.
 Atrail wrote:
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads. I have to disconnect every time this band comes on cause it is just painful to listen t; which is way too often cause you play them way too much. This is my only complaint against the station as a long time listener, but it is a big one!
 
This is a fair criticism. With the incessant playing of the Talking Heads, RP is becoming less pleasant. While I like much of the music here, I spend more of my time streaming KCRW out of Santa Monica.
 starfishNcoffee wrote:
Freaken' Awesome!!
{#Yell}Hear it Here! 


 starfishNcoffee wrote:
Freaken' Awesome!!
 
I wrote this comment before I saw all the others below. To the folks who didn't like this song: let me toss you a McNuggett, 'cause your taste is seriously all in your mouth! {#Nyah}

{#Cheers} To RP the best radio station in the world! {#Clap}


Freaken' Awesome!!
vit
Posted: Apr 03, 2008 - 09:35 < Reply >

Atrail wrote: What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads.

Actually taking a look at the playlists, RP has 40 Talking Heads songs from 15 or so albums, which I guess might seem a little excessive ... until you see that it also has 36 Tracy Chapman songs — and from only 6 or 7 albums! Explain that wrongness before you even start complaining about the talking heads if you want your words to carry any weight.

Both TC and TH/DB enjoy FAR too heavy of a rotation on RP.

MUTE


 Atrail wrote:
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads. I have to disconnect every time this band comes on cause it is just painful to listen t; which is way too often cause you play them way too much. This is my only complaint against the station as a long time listener, but it is a big one!
 
{#Think}  I think Bill and Rebecca do it just to piss listeners off! {#Crashcomp}
 cochlear wrote:


Quite! Stop Making Sense may well be the greatest rock concert of all time.

There. I said it.

*
 
{#Roflol}....

 Wait, you were serious?
Not sure how songs like this sell.  Weird.
Oops..........wrote too soon (following Al Green's version of Take Me To the River).
mindless wrote:
Like producing copious amounts of albums necessarily reflects how many good songs you've written? I agree with Atrail. And the TH songs seem to get played an awful lot.


You missed the point mindless. It's not the number of albums Talking Heads produced, it's the number of albums Radio Paradise selected paired with the number of songs per album. On a song-per album basis there are about 50% fewer Talking Heads songs than Tracy Chapman songs (give or take).

leathepea wrote:
Do you think its ovulating yet?


"All that blood, gonna swallow you whole"

cochlear wrote:

Quite! Stop Making Sense may well be the greatest rock concert of all time. There. I said it. *


Led Zep's "The Song Remains the Same" got it beat by a mile.


gimme the icon for PUKE!{#Puke}


Da'yum Bill!
Thank you for making my work day more fun than should be allowed. {#Notworthy}

 aragon wrote:
That is cool. Al's original Take me to the River and then T-Heads. I really like this song. It is much better in Stop Making Sense, the live show on DVD. Solid 9.



 
This is the version from Stop Making Sense.

sdn wrote:
Hi! :wave:
Victory! T.H.
How nice to turn on RP first thing in the morning and get a Talking Heads jolt to go with my coffee! Can't believe all the nasty posts... sorry, TH haters, look at the ratings - you are outvoted.
Hi! :wave:
Do you think its ovulating yet?
Verrry cool Bill. Go from a a song made famous by the Heads--to an ACTUAL Heads song. By the way--one of my favorite TH songs ta boot.
Well, time for an RP break. Back in 5 minutes!
vit wrote:
Actually taking a look at the playlists, RP has 40 Talking Heads songs from 15 or so albums, which I guess might seem a little excessive ... until you see that it also has 36 Tracy Chapman songs -- and from only 6 or 7 albums! Explain that wrongness before you even start complaining about the talking heads if you want your words to carry any weight.
Like producing copious amounts of albums necessarily reflects how many good songs you've written? I agree with Atrail. And the TH songs seem to get played an awful lot.
That is cool. Al's original Take me to the River and then T-Heads. I really like this song. It is much better in Stop Making Sense, the live show on DVD. Solid 9.
Atrail wrote:
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads.
Actually taking a look at the playlists, RP has 40 Talking Heads songs from 15 or so albums, which I guess might seem a little excessive ... until you see that it also has 36 Tracy Chapman songs -- and from only 6 or 7 albums! Explain that wrongness before you even start complaining about the talking heads if you want your words to carry any weight.
Atrail wrote:
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads.
The great question.
Atrail wrote:
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads. I have to disconnect every time this band comes on cause it is just painful to listen t; which is way too often cause you play them way too much. This is my only complaint against the station as a long time listener, but it is a big one!
Kid doesn't like the Heads... Go figure. :think:
Sublime set... Rivers of Bablylon, to the Right Rev's Take Me To The Water - which most people associate with the Talking Heads, to the Heads, Swamp. Perfect seque on theme and meme.
Jacksonstat wrote:
Awesome! :dancingbanana: Puts me in the mood to watch the Stop Making Sense DVD!
Quite! Stop Making Sense may well be the greatest rock concert of all time. There. I said it. *
I love this after Al Green's Take me to the river - which some people thought he covered from the heads. LOL. I chuckled when this came on while reading the Al Green Take me to the river comments. This is a good one by the heads though...
Awesome! :dancingbanana: Puts me in the mood to watch the Stop Making Sense DVD!
MORE CRAP FROM DBYRNE!
I can't decide if I like this or not but I do think that the chorus of "ayy, yiii, yii, yiii yiiii" and the occassional barking the background is vaguely reminiscent of drunken frat rats cheering during a grape race. :frown:
Too bad for you Atrail wrote:
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads. I have to disconnect every time this band comes on cause it is just painful to listen t; which is way too often cause you play them way too much. This is my only complaint against the station as a long time listener, but it is a big one!
I have no idea what this song is about but it just reminds me of a sleazy, sweaty, drunken party....which is a good memory. and of course Ferris Bueller.
WACTH OUT...TOUCH MONKEYS!!!
What is it with Radio Paradise and Talking Heads. I have to disconnect every time this band comes on cause it is just painful to listen t; which is way too often cause you play them way too much. This is my only complaint against the station as a long time listener, but it is a big one!
Funky;would make good soundtrack for a cartoon.