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Talking Heads — Once In A Lifetime
Album: Remain In Light
Avg rating:
8.1

Your rating:
Total ratings: 3301









Released: 1980
Length: 4:04
Plays (last 30 days): 1
And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, "Well, how did I get here?"

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money's gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

And you may ask yourself, "How do I work this?"
And you may ask yourself, "Where is that large automobile?"
And you may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful house"
And you may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful wife"

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money's gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was

Water dissolving and water removed
There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Under the water, carry the water
Removed water (water dissolving and water removed) remove remove remove remove remove

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, into the silent water
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money's gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

You may ask yourself, "What is that beautiful house?"
You may ask yourself, "Where does that highway go to?"
And you may ask yourself, "Am I right? am I wrong?"
And you may say to yourself, "My God, what have I done?"

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, into the silent water
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money's gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Look where my hand was
Time isn't holding up
Time isn't after us
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
After the rain holds up
Same as it ever was
Then a twister comes
Here comes the twister

(Letting the days go by) same as it ever was, same as it ever was
(Letting the days go by) same as it ever was, same as it ever was
(Once in a lifetime) let the water hold me down
(Letting the days go by) water flowing underground
(Letting the days go by) water flowing underground
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Another overplayed song by the talking heads the next button now
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Average rating 8.1. Looks like you'll be puking all by your little ol' self. Hope you've got a bucket.
 
Yeah, I can't figure that out. Everyone else must be hearing a different song than I am. But that is why PSD (and the other RP mixes) were invented.
great sound for the movie "Zoff in Beverly Hills" - just perfect!
 slidingwolf wrote:

Agreed.  Most irritating.
 

Blimey : )
 EdEastridge wrote:
Infographic
 

THIS is fantastic!!!
Saw Angelique Kidjo's reinterpretation of this album at the Ravinia Festival this summer, she did a credible rendition.  And seeing the heads do this at SPAC the summer  of 1980, I had a frame of reference.  Enjoy folks!!
 PeteCreech wrote:
Overrated and overplayed. Never liked it and never will. Never liked David Byrne's inflated ego much either. Can't help it, just one of those songs that irritates the hell out of me.
 
While I'm sure you're not alone with your distaste for TH/DB, I will up my current 9 rating to a 10 to help make up for your misdeeds!  LOL...really though to each their own...and LONG LIVE RP!!
Overrated and overplayed. Never liked it and never will. Never liked David Byrne's inflated ego much either. Can't help it, just one of those songs that irritates the hell out of me.
Infographic
Saw them and many others at Heatwave, a weekend festival outside of Toronto!
 zapeta wrote:
You may find yourself vomiting profusely while mashing the PSD button...
 
Average rating 8.1. Looks like you'll be puking all by your little ol' self. Hope you've got a bucket.
You may find yourself vomiting profusely while mashing the PSD button...
Talking heads so irritating... I came around on Bombino, but this is just too much.

Was in School in NYC that year (1980). This song takes me back.{#Smile}







You may ask yourself, "why am I moving herky-jerky?" :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSuregWhlWk
 
I really like it that despite the TH/DB-bashing here this song still gets an average score of 8.1

In my book it's a big big 10, but still.
Image result for same as it ever was meme
 ojibwe wrote:
Great song, but it really should be given a nice long rest, and brought out again only after a few years.

 
Don't blame the song because of  main stream radio.  I learned along time ago to shut songs down I don't want to get over cooked.
 ojibwe wrote:
Great song, but it really should be given a nice long rest, and brought out again only after a few years.

 
I'll second that. A VERY long rest!
The Heads & Eno - keep playing it!  8->9!
Great song, but it really should be given a nice long rest, and brought out again only after a few years.
Way, way over played. Is this local mind numbing radio?
Nice,   Mother's Little Helper followed by Once in  a Lifetime.   what are you trying to say Bill..................?   lol
Always and everywhere SAME AS IT EVER WAS... Today, having lunch at Blackbelly with a friend, this was playing — and everyone in there was dancing and singing along to it...a couple hours ago, I was shopping, and this was playing — and everyone in the store was grooving and smiling to it...just now, cooking up some killer Mexican chicken soup, this came on RP — and for darned sure, I was hopping and bopping around the kitchen to it!   ~ Letting the days go by ~  Same as it ever was!
 legacyofrob827 wrote:
you may find yourself discovering this app, you may find yourself listening to this song, then you may tell yourself wow its pretty awesome thank you talking heads for this neato form of rock (9)
 
Nice! {#Cheers}  And a 9 hear as well. In addition to being oddly brilliant, this is the first video I remember seeing on MTV at my friend's house when his was the first home in the neighborhood to have C A B L E. Whoa....
you may find yourself discovering this app, you may find yourself listening to this song, then you may tell yourself wow its pretty awesome thank you talking heads for this neato form of rock (9)
 SeriousLee wrote:
You may ask yourself, "What is that PSD button for?"

Same as it ever was. Play Something Different.
 
Bah! Great tune. Just enjoy it!
{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}
You may ask yourself, "What is that PSD button for?" Same as it ever was. Play Something Different.
 houston wrote:
The very best song to take a shower to. Is that the neighbours banging on the wall? Can't be sure 

 
ROFL {#Clap}
 maxjboxer wrote:
You may find yourself hitting PSD

 
yep
You may ask yourself, "WHY SUCH A BIG SUIT?"

 
 Knofi wrote:
Geiles Lied,

besonders für uns - forza Fc.St.Pauli                                                                                                {#Fire}

 
Gruß an Pauli von den Rucksackfranzosen aus Saarbrücken 

one of my fav albums

STOP MAKING SENSE

{#Hearteyes}
Thank you RP for a great TH track
here comes the twister
 Knofi wrote:
Geiles Lied,

besonders für uns - forza Fc.St.Pauli                                                                                                {#Fire}

 
gruß an St.Pauli von de Eintracht
 maxjboxer wrote:
You may find yourself hitting PSD

 
I disagree, but that is very funny.
 maxjboxer wrote:
You may find yourself hitting PSD

 
{#Cheesygrin}
Geiles Lied,

besonders für uns - forza Fc.St.Pauli                                                                                                {#Fire}
You may find yourself hitting PSD
11 Punkte für die Heads , gruß an Klaus, du idiot
Something with this head talking
   He turned it into nerdy talk.
My favorite video of all time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98AJUj-qxHI 
 joempie wrote:

It certainly is. One of the very few reason for me to keep clicking PSD is the absolute overrepresentation of Talking Heads...

 
476 is "very few"?
The most insane way to place offbeat lyrics over an offbeat bassline which doesn't match the unusual drums, without making any mistake. One of my favorite godlike musical brainteasers of all times.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Hmmm, the center-aligned lyrics resemble a human form (with skinny arms).
Clearly time to get some sleep.

 
Same as it ever was
David Byrne is the poster boy for Tourette's Syndrome in the music video for this song
 tournemire wrote:
why do we have everyday one TH ?

 
Because like Wonder Bread it helps you grow strong bodies 12 ways?  {#Ask}
The very best song to take a shower to. Is that the neighbours banging on the wall? Can't be sure 
Dedicated to Brent and Kristen
why do we have everyday one TH ?
Hmmm, the center-aligned lyrics resemble a human form (with skinny arms).
Clearly time to get some sleep.
I have tried and tried again to like Talking Heads, I have however found that I need to be in the right mood but I am hardley ever there for them.
So I'll pass yet again. 
"And you may find yourself listening to the horror that is David Byrne again." Terrible, terrible.
geeze Bill, you're rockin' more than ever.  "Here comes the twister".  Wonder where the lions are?  "Before I suputter out".? Hang in there bro.  Fellin' kinds short myself these days.  Finances way short atm. Sry to stiff ya but your music enlivens me.  Tres merci boucoup.  Je t'aime beaucoup mon frere.
Is it just me or do I hear this song every week on every station I listen too..
I'm feeling a little like this today...

Once in a lifetime 
Magical.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
It's weird, every time I hear the song I click to check the rating I have given. I just can't decide if I like it or not... {#Think}

 
really? what the hell is wrong with you?
 pallasathene82 wrote:
This will forever remind me of my Intro to Metaphysics and Epistomology class, where my professor played it as an introduction to Descartes.
 
{#Roflol}

You had a cool professor. 
 SeriousLee wrote:
You may ask yourself, "Is it time to hit PSD?"

Yes.

 
It certainly is. One of the very few reason for me to keep clicking PSD is the absolute overrepresentation of Talking Heads...
You may ask yourself, "Is it time to hit PSD?"

Yes.
Byrne, Belew, and Eno. The best of Talking Heads.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
It's weird, every time I hear the song I click to check the rating I have given. I just can't decide if I like it or not... {#Think}

 
Exactly my thought (so it is a 5 so far)...
It's weird, every time I hear the song I click to check the rating I have given. I just can't decide if I like it or not... {#Think}
"Here comes the twister". Weird, cool song. Love it. The world is a better place with people like Mr. Byrne in it...
Love this song.  Particularly impressed by the drumming.
 ljoergen wrote:
Me likey like, very very much!
{#Bananajam} 

 
And I may ask myself, "Am I right? am I wrong?" Nah, I am right, this is excellent.
Me likey like, very very much!
{#Bananajam} 
**Comments for this song have been closed**

(it is a 10) 
And you may ask yourself: My God, what have I done? and...
SAME AS IT EVER WAS...
This will forever remind me of my Intro to Metaphysics and Epistomology class, where my professor played it as an introduction to Descartes.

"This is not my beautiful wife ..."

Nope, she's not.


Profound lyrics as good as any poem in a literary text book plus marvelous music make this a truly special song...  love it forever...
 JohnnySockhead wrote:
What is classic and groundbreaking about this? Lyrics, rhythms, music, art, design, that's it.

 

This song was like none other before it. 

It did not change the world mind you, but  it was not "same as it ever was......Same as it ever was........ "
I never tire of this song. 

Amazing album!!!
   
 Stratocaster wrote:
Look, I know music is personal and it's hard to be objective when it's emotions we are talking about...but by almost any definition of music, this is very poor. 
 

Man, Strat, you sure seem to be taking your share of abuse, and I will resist the urge to pile on. From a musician's POV, however, it would seem at first that this song is "just" lyrics over a rhythm section, bass and drums, with a very different chorus. However, at the end, the guitars stroke a steady E-D-G (or whatever key you're comfortable with), and you realize that the verses followed this structure throughout the song. It is a tour de force of punksense minimalism and IMHO genius.

Was it the Super Bowl half time show last year that Beyonce reunited with the rest of Destiny's Child? I read the next day that they had run through a medley of their greatest hits, some four or five of them. Hell, I thought it was all one long song. Did my miscomprehension make it poor music? No, it was simply music that was not familiar to me. There is no poor music. There is only music that you like, which may not be the same as anybody else's.

Guess I piled on after all. Apologies--but no regrets.
Maybe it's just me, but I SWEAR there's vinyl pops in this and I think it even skipped!  Heavenly to hear those sounds again.
What is classic and groundbreaking about this? Lyrics, rhythms, music, art, design, that's it.
Cannot rate this high at all given the amount of airplay this song gets throughout the radiosphere.  I am worn out from hearing it.
This whole album is in my personal top 10 ever.
Very high creative level and still after all these years pleasant to listen to.
I think that the divergence of strong opinions this band and DB generate and the passionate hatred tell you something about the quality of the music. In Johnny Rotten's words (paraphrased) - if they don't hate you, you ain't trying.
 Stratocaster wrote:
Look, I know music is personal and it's hard to be objective when it's emotions we are talking about...but by almost any definition of music, this is very poor.

 
Ah, c'mon! I can't be doing with David "Teletubby" Byrne, whose voice makes me reach for PSD in a second, but it is music by any commonly understood and accepted definition. One listener's godlike is anothers sucko-barfo, and long may that continue. It's all music, though. Unless you have an abstruse definition of 'music' which you'd like to share?

There is nothing 'objective' about music - it's all subjective.

10, next
"but by almost any definition of music, this is very poor."

i agree completely. this is true. true like the following statements:

- the pope is a muslim
- new york is a very small city
- the earth is flat and pigs can fly






 Stratocaster wrote:
Look, I know music is personal and it's hard to be objective when it's emotions we are talking about...but by almost any definition of music, this is very poor.
 
The second part of this statement is answered by the first :)
Just don't see how ANYONE can rate this "Godlike", especially when compared to the vast amount of life-changing and generation-defining music that has been on the airwaves over the past half century.

Look, I know music is personal and it's hard to be objective when it's emotions we are talking about...but by almost any definition of music, this is very poor. 

I can only surmise that those who rate it highly do so because it brings back a specific set of memories for them, not because it is "great music". 
Good track yet so many better Talking Heads tunes never seem to get an airing.  Tina rocks and David's vocals are so specific to him, in the same way that one always knows it's Bono singing, if you see what I mean...
 ekin wrote:
really bad song really bad sound
 
Thank you. David Byrne simply cannot sing. Perhaps it's nostalgia that makes people like this. But it's crap. Really awful.
 smartn1 wrote:
Even after listening to this song for 30 years, I'm still not tired of it. 

Excellent. 

 
Well said
Only not a 10 because I very slightly prefer the Stop Making Sense version. 

Incidentally, I'm in the middle of reading David Byrne's "How Music Works". Nothing super profound, but a cool insight into facets of music that you might not ordinarily consider. Lots of TH content, of course. He talks specifically about the songwriting process they used for this album. It puts the songs in a whole new light, pardon the pun. 
Yeah, a famous bassist, when asked about how many notes to play, said, ''Figure out the least number of bass notes you need to play--then play half of them!'' Amen.


 
eddief wrote:

Well said.  She could definitely groove.  From the school of less is more.

 


I have bass instincts for Tina.
OK, time to pull this one off the playlist. Too many times over the past few weeks = PSD. Other TH tunes would be great, though!
{#Yell} 9 >>>>> GODLIKE.  For me this is the best album from them  {#Notworthy}
Great segue from PF 'Fearless'. Of course it helps that I love both songs!
really bad song really bad sound
 ziakut wrote:
Pretentious and trite are the two words that best describe David Byrne. At least Talking Heads had the wherewithal to prescribe how often we should all have to endure this song in the title.

 
Ziakut, with all due respect: your post is kinda pretentious. 

Still love this song, FWIW.  

Heard and saw the video of this song on "Top of the Pops" in the UK. Made my life bearable at a boarding school.


 
it is the classic definition of a CLASSIC... 
msymmes wrote:
It's no different than Dave Brubeck and Take Five...  Timeless and brilliant whether vocals or not.
 

BobbyCat wrote:

Me I don't hate it, but after 33 years, I wonder why we still hear it so often on RP.
Lots of other songs from that era deserve airtime more than this one.

 



 


It's no different than Dave Brubeck and Take Five...  Timeless and brilliant whether vocals or not.
 

BobbyCat wrote:

Me I don't hate it, but after 33 years, I wonder why we still hear it so often on RP.
Lots of other songs from that era deserve airtime more than this one.

 


Yup !

 

Bridieboo wrote:
Pure classic. Love it. Solid 10.
 


Even after listening to this song for 30 years, I'm still not tired of it. 

Excellent. 
"am I right, am I wrong"
DucarAlho. 
Just a fun song, simple and catchy...  helping get through being stuck finishing up work so late on a Friday!!
i wonder what´s the matter with people who do NOT give this a 10. ..
i keep trying to hit the "at least 12" button, but somehow it does not work...
 tiggers wrote:

Stupid and moronic are two of the three words that best describe ziakut... the third isn't allowed on here!!!!

 
Classy response. Not sure I remember my opinion of this song personally addressing YOU or name calling tiggers. Have a nice day!
People who gave this a 10 definitely have good taste!
Pure classic. Love it. Solid 10.
10. Without question.
 ziakut wrote:
Pretentious and trite are the two words that best describe David Byrne. At least Talking Heads had the wherewithal to prescribe how often we should all have to endure this song in the title.

 
Stupid and moronic are two of the three words that best describe ziakut... the third isn't allowed on here!!!!
 teleskialaska wrote:
I will never forget the first time I saw the Talking Heads on SNL, the did Take Me To The River,  I was hooked.  I highly reccomend the concert video where Byren opens with Pscho Killer, so cool.

 
"Stop Making Sense," directed by Jonathon Demme! The crew sets up the stage as the concert goes... IMDB gives it an 8.0, over 6000 votes!
Pretentious and trite are the two words that best describe David Byrne. At least Talking Heads had the wherewithal to prescribe how often we should all have to endure this song in the title.
Тalking Heads are the real PSD engine. 1.