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Talking Heads — City Of Dreams
Album: True Stories
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Released: 1986
Length: 5:01
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Near where you are standing, the dinosaurs did a dance
The Indians told a story how it has come to pass
The Indians had a legend, the Spaniards lived for gold
White men came and killed them, but they haven't really gone

We live in the city of dreams
We drive on this highway of fire
Should we awake to find it gone
Remember this, our favorite town

From Germany and Europe and southern U.S.A.
They made this little town here that we live in to this day
The children of the white man saw Indians on TV
And heard about the legend, how their city was a dream

We live in the city of dreams
We drive on this highway of fire
Should we awake and find it gone
Remember this, our favorite town

The Civil War is over, and World War I and II
If we can live together, the dream, it might come true
Underneath the concrete, the dream is still alive
A hundred million lifetimes, a world that never dies

We live in the city of dreams
We drive on this highway of fire
Should we awake and find it gone
Remember this, our favorite town
We live in the city of dreams
We drive on this highway of fire
Should we awake and find it gone
Remember this, our favorite town
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this is a beautiful song
the melody, the key changes, the lyrics
yes, it's low energy, but it's a lament, so it's appropriate
 Shimmer wrote:
Talking Heads were a spent force by the time they made this album, and it really shows in this dull song.

 
They were a very different band at this point from their early albums like "More Songs About Building and Food." "True Stories" wasn't as weird/neurotic/conspiratorial as the early stuff and some of it was boring but this is a great song. Reminds me of college friends and the better angels in our nature. 
Great, wonderful song from an excellent band
 bam23 wrote:

No. Dull observation. This is brilliant and conceptually covers more ground than most efforts to create something worthwhile.

 
Completely agree. This is a more effective and evocative song than some of those droning snarky surrealisms TH pumped out circa 1980 and thereby lost me. 
The decline of TH was rather precipitous. 
 Shimmer wrote:
Talking Heads were a spent force by the time they made this album, and it really shows in this dull song.

 
No. Dull observation. This is brilliant and conceptually covers more ground than most efforts to create something worthwhile.
Talking Heads were a spent force by the time they made this album, and it really shows in this dull song.
My favorite TH song

2 > 3
Not my most favourite song by them.
Good song! Passionate. Intelligent. Catchy.
Talking Heads' worst album, IMHO. 
If there's any band overrepresented on RP, it must be Talking Heads.
I can see your expression when you hear the talking heads... 
 George_Tirebiter wrote:
Love this album - my kids grew up on it.  {#Bounce}
 

Lucky kids.
I confess to not understanding why so many listeners dislike this artist and specifically this song. It touches on a subject, or subjects, that  rarely get discussed, let alone sung about. Oh well, if you don't like, you don't. Oddly, it touches me emotionally and intellectually.
allright, crappy songs hour it is then, i rest my headphones...
LOVE THIS SONG!
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Ugh, this is bad. I love the Talking Heads, but not this song. 
 
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This song seems rather melancholy to me.
Ugh, this is bad. I love the Talking Heads, but not this song. 
city of dreams?  Nope its a night mare!
Love this album - my kids grew up on it.  {#Bounce}
David is a god.  Not as good as the stuff from 1977 and near but his voice jumps out at you 30+ years later.


 horstman wrote:
This album came out in 1986, it was the seventh album by the talking heads. There is no way that they had become this polished in 77. That's when the first album came out and it was raw and unrefined. This is ultra pasteurized. And I'm not being complementary.

Still an okay song, though.
 
i agree.. i have most heads albums but not this one. i'd expect this tune to be on the corporate album (little creatures)..

Now I know why Talking Heads' music irritates me most of the time:  David Byrne has the young, male equivalent to the quavering voice of the old lady who always sang in the congregation when you were a kid and were forced to go to church!
This album came out in 1986, it was the seventh album by the talking heads. There is no way that they had become this polished in 77. That's when the first album came out and it was raw and unrefined. This is ultra pasteurized. And I'm not being complementary.

Still an okay song, though.
 Jelani wrote:
I generally like Talking Heads, but I do not like this. At all.
 
Funny, the opposite for me.
For many of us, those dreams are starting to crumble. Still, this is a cool song. {#Music}

I generally like Talking Heads, but I do not like this. At all.
Oh, no, not again.
one of my very favorite TH ~ thanks Bill
Music isn't music without TH/DB. Amazing how little middle ground there is on that subject on RP. It's almost like red state/blue state. Assuming DB would be blue (he gets around by bicycle for instance), I will just say, "Blue Rules." He's a genius and that was a great band. The movie True Stories is really funny, too—the fashion show at the mall has to be seen.

 
joanbcn wrote:
For those you dont like TH / DB ...
This is Radio Paradise and Radio Paradise is not Radio Paradise without Talking Heads or David Byrne

{#Nyah}
 


sehr gutes Stück......{#Music}
Certainly I love this song....but DB's "Dirty Old Town" would *really* bring Moe's super-lite "New York City" (just played) down to earth.

 DaveInVA wrote:
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 lmic wrote:
9 -> 10
 
3 -> 2. Fine lyrics, seriously dull delivery {#Sleep}
 lmic wrote:
9 -> 10
 



+1
 Hannio wrote:


How many times you going to say that?
 
——say it again
Good one online radio dude.
For those you dont like TH / DB ...
This is Radio Paradise and Radio Paradise is not Radio Paradise without Talking Heads or David Byrne

{#Nyah}
9 -> 10
...sounds a lot like brian eno!..
Most TH / DB songs get a one from me. This one wasn't as bad - it gets a 2.
 ThePoose wrote:


But Bill loves Byrnin' down the house.
 

How many times you going to say that?
I must agree with earlier comments to ignore the detractors. At this point one must be really jaded to not appreciate this unique musician.
Painful...it exists as an anthem to my memory of what we might have been. It's all just a city of dreams.
bmeador wrote:
That's enough, David Byrne.
But Bill loves Byrnin' down the house.
EssexTex wrote:
Do you think "Sand in the vaseline" is a parody of "Sticky when wet"...."sticky fingers" etc?..
It's from the old joke poem: From the bedroom came a scream: who put sand in the vaseline?
A very interesting sound from the Talking Heads. Different side of the group. I'll need to hear it a few more times before adjusting my rating.
reason06 wrote:
Really? I think this is one of their worst, sound wise.
I love it, too. Understand, I usually find Byrne irritating, but this is lovely.
LaurieinTucson wrote:
My favorite talking heads song. Beautiful.
Really? I think this is one of their worst, sound wise.
EssexTex wrote:
Do you think "Sand in the vaseline" is a parody of "Sticky when wet"...."sticky fingers" etc?..
:rolleyes:
My favorite talking heads song. Beautiful.
dmax wrote:
This is so not the Talking Heads the I adored. It misses the pathos of "Big Country" while trying to be in the same neighborhood. Gave it a 1.
Interesting. I'm exactly the opposite. Not a big TH fan, but this song is quite lovely! Takes all kinds....
EssexTex wrote:
Do you think "Sand in the vaseline" is a parody of "Sticky when wet"...."sticky fingers" etc?..
no... it just really sucks
InTexas wrote:
Another fine Talking Heads song.
Another retread from byrned out . . .
Do you think "Sand in the vaseline" is a parody of "Sticky when wet"...."sticky fingers" etc?..
Another fine Talking Heads song.
dmax wrote:
This is so not the Talking Heads the I adored. It misses the pathos of "Big Country" while trying to be in the same neighborhood. Gave it a 1.
While I agree with the premise - this is not your father's Talking Heads - I do think it comes close to evoking Bryne's earlier imagery of hope amidst alienation. I'll clock it at 6.
the style and lyrics are remeniscent of some sort of personal music/journal entry. :crowded:
This is so not the Talking Heads the I adored. It misses the pathos of "Big Country" while trying to be in the same neighborhood. Gave it a 1.
Saw him play this at the 1991 International Design Conference in Aspen. It was quite a bit faster, much more sparse and a thousand times better (I'll give that one a 6000 as opposed to this version's 5 or 6). It was allegedly his first solo performance, and he seemed pretty wound up and nervous, all alone with only an acoustic guitar and a little drum machine. He also did a great cover of Greenback Dollar (traditional, not the Kingston Trio/Hoyt Axton song).
Do not stop playing TH or DB. Do not mind about the ones who do not like him. DB is a genious and nobody can discuss that Thanks Bill There\'s another genious called Prince. What about him? Maybe u should try to play something of him... I am going to London just to see him next saturday. I will tell you about that... :dancingbanana_2:
mindless wrote:
Boring, awful track. I can see what some people like in David Byrne but, not in this track!
yup...I thought it was Byrne solo
shayborg wrote:
There is no way this song would ever be played here if it weren't by the Talking Heads. :stop:
Amen! This is worse than a middle-school talent show pseudo-profound "message" song.
widespread panic does an amazing cover of this
Boring, awful track. I can see what some people like in David Byrne but, not in this track!
There is no way this song would ever be played here if it weren't by the Talking Heads. :stop:
That's enough, David Byrne.
Reconsidered, I think the whole True Stories venture was very underrated. Perhaps the satire was too gentle for some.
Great music.
I like one song from the Talking Heads. That was in 1986. It wasn't this one.
eastcoast wrote:
Its amazing how you can trash talk the station because of one song you don't like...just give your commentary on the song.
decent song. I like it. I feel like the chord changes are a little manipulative of emotion. Love DB. 6
decent song. I like it. I feel like the chord changes are a little manipulative of emotion. Love DB. 6
Its amazing how you can trash talk the station because of one song you don't like... Ando wrote:
I like the heads a lot, and have most of their albums. This song is one of their weakest efforts. Wanting to hear from outside the box is great. But it doesn't mean you have to go find the suckiest song in the TH catalog just to prove how eclectic you can be. I didn't know that the RP focus was on being inside/outside/about/near/over/under/without/of/for/around/through the box. I thought the focus was on playing a variety of GOOD music. (which most of the time they do quite well, thanks Bill)
lmic wrote:
True Stories - Such a tender & touching little movie. "Who's to say it isn't beautiful?" 9
I can't agree more! True Stories is probably one of the most original movies I've ever seen. Yes, touching and tender indeed.
I don't know why but I totally like this song. White greed and oppressions exploited by white music artist who bring us social commentary...still like it though.
True Stories - Such a tender & touching little movie. "Who's to say it isn't beautiful?" 9
:yawn:
I don't like this song but I don't care. RP rocks. Who gives a f--k about the wizzer naysayers and their petty wet comments.
Yes, there are better TH songs. I find it refreshing, however, to hear something different from them that I am not so familiar with.
Ando wrote:
I like the heads a lot, and have most of their albums. This song is one of their weakest efforts. Wanting to hear from outside the box is great. But it doesn't mean you have to go find the suckiest song in the TH catalog just to prove how eclectic you can be. I didn't know that the RP focus was on being inside/outside/about/near/over/under/without/of/for/around/through the box. I thought the focus was on playing a variety of GOOD music. (which most of the time they do quite well, thanks Bill)
I disagree respectfully. I hear (feel?) a lot of emotion coming from Byrne's voice in this song. It strikes me every time I hear it. The lyrics are simple, but I think carry a lot of meaning for them (and for some of us too)
Oh, those first few notes...I thought we were going to hear the live version of Heaven :pray: :clap: :yes: .....but this is pretty good too.
Ando wrote:
I like the heads a lot, and have most of their albums. This song is one of their weakest efforts.
Agree completely. At best they made you dance and laugh at the same time. This just drones on.
I like the heads a lot, and have most of their albums. This song is one of their weakest efforts. Wanting to hear from outside the box is great. But it doesn't mean you have to go find the suckiest song in the TH catalog just to prove how eclectic you can be. I didn't know that the RP focus was on being inside/outside/about/near/over/under/without/of/for/around/through the box. I thought the focus was on playing a variety of GOOD music. (which most of the time they do quite well, thanks Bill) Marr wrote:
Hmmm. So we should limit RP to the songs that were played on the HIT STATIONS? I think as a group RP listeners are sophisticated enough to want to hear songs from outside the box.
:daisy:
meower215 wrote:
Um, their Lyrics, danceability, leadership in changing the scope of music at one point in music histroy to name a few
not that this one is particularly dance-able :no:
renlat wrote:
The more you play TH or any D Byrne songs the less I send money. Sorry. Does anyone can explain to me what's so good about them? :sorry: :sorry: :sorry:
Um, their Lyrics, danceability, leadership in changing the scope of music at one point in music histroy to name a few
snurfer wrote:
There are tousands of better T H songs....
Hmmm. So we should limit RP to the songs that were played on the HIT STATIONS? I think as a group RP listeners are sophisticated enough to want to hear songs from outside the box.
The more you play TH or any D Byrne songs the less I send money. Sorry. Does anyone can explain to me what's so good about them? :sorry: :sorry: :sorry:
:frustrated:
snurfer wrote:
There are tousands of better T H songs....
THOUSANDS times better, at least. Argh... :doh:
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; 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 like the talking heads, but this one is a bit of a snoozer... :|
There are tousands of better T H songs....
T Heads! Good any time. An 8.
Gregorama wrote:
For a good time, rent David Byrne's "True Stories," the film/score this is from. It's a hoot. From around 1986, but still timeless. Absolutely Hilarious.
A very funny & poignant film. I was living in Dallas where/when David was shooting the movie. He was everywhere & we got to know him a bit. Nice fella. Oh, and the voodoo man in the little wooden house -- been there. Very cool.
If you watch True Stories, it all makes sense. gaucha wrote:
I love talking heads and I'm all for native american rights and compensation, but this song sucks. the lyrics are so contrived. come on!!!! :stop:
For a good time, rent David Byrne's "True Stories," the film/score this is from. It's a hoot. From around 1986, but still timeless. Absolutely Hilarious.
Why, oh why did they ever part company with Brian Eno?
This album was, to my ears, kind of a lark. This song may be a bit dated, but it's still entertaining.
I love talking heads and I'm all for native american rights and compensation, but this song sucks. the lyrics are so contrived. come on!!!! :stop:
True Stories is a must see just for the fact that it is a rare look at John Goodman when he was thin. Great group...get back together dammit!
Originally Posted by Art_Carnage: An ode to L.A., for sure. But with lines like "From Germany and Europe", you have to wonder if the writer had the same teacher that taught Alanis Morissette the meaning of "ironic".
Actually, I don't think it's about L.A. - it was written for the movie "True Stories," which was set in a little Texas town. I like this song, but because it worked in the context of the movie.
Originally Posted by Art_Carnage: An ode to L.A., for sure. But with lines like "From Germany and Europe", you have to wonder if the writer had the same teacher that taught Alanis Morissette the meaning of "ironic".
... or George Dubya geography? ;-)
The lyrics are so cheesey. Make it stop...please make it stop!
An ode to L.A., for sure. But with lines like \"From Germany and Europe\", you have to wonder if the writer had the same teacher that taught Alanis Morissette the meaning of \"ironic\".
Originally Posted by mperry: this may be the weakest Talking Heads song I have ever heard. so much, much more available that would be stronger. my 2 cents.
Let's make it an even 4 cents - I agree...
this may be the weakest Talking Heads song I have ever heard. so much, much more available that would be stronger. my 2 cents.
Originally Posted by dmax: The only redeemable thing about this song is that it gives Tina's ham-handed husband something to do with himself. Sucko-barfo.
:lol:
plodding
Zzz
Anyone ever notice how much David Byrne and the dude from Rusted Root sound alike? Or is it just me....?
The only redeemable thing about this song is that it gives Tina\'s ham-handed husband something to do with himself. Sucko-barfo.