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Talking Heads — Road To Nowhere
Album: Little Creatures
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Total ratings: 2165









Released: 1985
Length: 4:18
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Well, we know where we're going, but we don't know where we've been
And we know what we're knowing, but we can't say what we've seen
And we're not little children, and we know what we want
And the future is certain, give us time to work it out

Yeah

We're on a road to nowhere, come on inside
We'll take that ride to nowhere, we'll take that ride
Feeling okay this morning, and you know
We're on a road to paradise, here we go, here we go

We're on a ride to nowhere, come on inside
Taking that ride to nowhere, we'll take that ride
Maybe you'll wonder where you are, I don't care
Even when time is on our side, take you there, take you there

We're on a road to nowhere, ha, ha
We're on a road to nowhere, ha, ha
We're on a road to nowhere, ha, ha, whoo

There's a city in my mind, come along and take that ride, and it's all right, baby, it's all right
And it's very far away, but it's growing day by day, and it's all right, baby, it's all right
Would you like to come along, you can help me sing this song, and it's all right, baby, it's all right
They can tell you what to do, but they'll make a fool of you, and it's all right, baby, it's all right
There's a city in my mind, come along and take that ride, and it's all right, baby, it's all right
And it's very far away, but it's growing day by day, and it's all right, baby, it's all right
Yeah, would you like to come along, you can help me sing this song, and it's all right, baby, it's all right
They can tell you what to do, oh, God, they'll make a fool of you, and it's all right, baby, it's all right

We're on a road to nowhere, hey
We're on a road to nowhere, ha
We're on a road to nowhere, ha, ha
We're on a road to nowhere
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Ahh it's our wedding song.
 squidish wrote:


I was just thinking the same thing.
 
My guess is you're just a Turn, Turn Turn kind of guy.
 LizK wrote:
Channeling Sonny Landreth. A good thing.
 
?
 midreaming wrote:
absolutely brilliant  . . still.

 
Word
This song immediately takes me back to Reality Bites. Suddenly I want to dance to My Sharona. Turn. It. Up. 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Every weekend, '93-2000, my ex- and I used to pile gear and friends into the super-charged Subaru and drive deep into the wilderness of 4-WD roads in Noto Hanto (Peninsula), with this — and usually all of the superb Sand in the Vaseline collection — always included in the soundtrack, and every time this came on, we would all sing along, marking the moments and savoring the connections in Time... 

 
cool.. 

this album has very special memories for me too. 
hell - what a perfect song
Every weekend, '93-2000, my ex- and I used to pile gear and friends into the super-charged Subaru and drive deep into the wilderness of 4-WD roads in Noto Hanto (Peninsula), with this — and usually all of the superb Sand in the Vaseline collection — always included in the soundtrack, and every time this came on, we would all sing along, marking the moments and savoring the connections in Time... 
Channeling Sonny Landreth. A good thing.
My friends and I always appreciated the Talking Heads especially because they were all about creative exploration and cutting loose...
Feeling very Zydeco
{#Drunk}
One of my faves!
 Chrisjea wrote:
I wish they were on a road to somewhere

 
{#Roflol}
UGH! Never liked Talking Heads. Now, Tom Tom Club? 
 willmcnaught wrote:

average rating 7.5 out of 1500 hmm perhaps your on the road to nowhere lmao majority rules Chrisjea{#Lol}

 
True, so true willmcnaught.  But my journey is blissful as I believe in better living through narcotics.  Actually today this sounds better
 Chrisjea wrote:
I wish they were on a road to somewhere

 
average rating 7.5 out of 1500 hmm perhaps your on the road to nowhere lmao majority rules Chrisjea{#Lol}
I wish they were on a road to somewhere
{#Clap}{#Notworthy}{#Dancingbanana}
 Shesdifferent wrote:
All I have to do is hear yet another Talking Heads song and I'm outta here!

 
I'm gone now, it's Saturday nite, lets rock and stop pretending we are
 Shesdifferent wrote:
All I have to do is hear yet another Talking Heads song and I'm outta here!

 
I'LL TAKE YOUR SPOT!
All I have to do is hear yet another Talking Heads song and I'm outta here!
Wow Bill is on a Talking Heads roll today.  I think this is the 3rd song in a few hours either by or written by TH - go Bill! {#Smile}
The first time I heard this song was when I was working at The Gap in Edinburgh ... it was on the 'loop tape' that repeats every 3hrs. I loved it the first time I heard it and loved it every time it came on ! 
Brings back great memories of folding shirts & pants into perfect geometric shapes {#Roflol}
 
 jagdriver wrote:
One of best TH tracks, and I love TH/DB.
 
FYT again.

Doesn't it suck when somebody changes your words that way? 
 tournemire wrote:
how can i LOVE this song and HATE all the others TH songs ?

 
For some people TH seems to be an acquired taste. So keep trying and one day you too will see the light of Heaven (which is a great TH-song as well).
absolutely brilliant  . . still.

Hear the Cajun Zydeco in there. It's their "Americana" phase LOL. Check out the artist that did the cover. Interesting "outsider" artist.


how can i LOVE this song and HATE all the others TH songs ?
 lemmoth wrote:


Nearly 2 years later,  so am I.

 

And 4 years later, so am I {#Mrgreen}
I am always SO happy when this song is over
It's our wedding song. 

Oh Yeah .. loving it again after so many weeks of of hearing the TH.  Besides, any song which has a Concertina (or for that matter a Hurdy-Gurdy) carry the melody is a #10 for me!
8 —> 9

Just gorgeous.  
 BenMH wrote:
No more Talking Heads please. Sometimes feel like this is my personal anthem.
 
FYT
One of least-obnoxious TH tracks, but it's still TH/DB.

Insta-PSD to The Moody Blues — Tuesday Afternoon
One of the best tunes ever.

As a kid I found a cassette on the street and there was lots of music on it I had never heard before. This was - among other great 80s stuff like Kate Bush's “Running up the Hill“ - one of the songs on it and I never knew who the band was, because the tape wasn't labeled. That was before MTV or the internet so my only source for music  and info was the radio. That tape was a real treasure.

Ah, happy memories …

the only "Talking Heads" i can bear, but this one i like it ...
a lot
i wonder if TH is not a good illustration of "love or hate" group


 84MacGuy wrote:
I was never much of a Talking Heads fan, but after reading David Byrne's book, How Music Works, I have a new appreciation for their work.  David Byrne is a smart guy and if you want to understand the music industry, this is a great book.

 

Neat book, neat guy. 
 ziakut wrote:
Doesn't hold up too well these days. Used to kind of like this tune years ago...nowadays I feel as if the ending is still the best part of the song.

 

I was just thinking the same thing.
More Talking Heads please. Sometimes feel like this is my personal anthem.
The tune from the past that seemed to happen in  absolutely different  universe  with someone else , and how come ? I remember it as well....they knew the hidden senses..
I was never much of a Talking Heads fan, but after reading David Byrne's book, How Music Works, I have a new appreciation for their work.  David Byrne is a smart guy and if you want to understand the music industry, this is a great book.

You certainly are....


 25demayo wrote:

Follow this up with the Road to Hell by Chris Rea



 
Don't play Chris Rea ever!

Follow this up with the Road to Hell by Chris Rea


 dew34 wrote:
My Favorite Head Song, It's The Road I'm ON!!     {#Bananapiano}

 
Well said.  Applies to a lot of us, I'm sure.........
I be dancing....{#Dancingbanana_2}
My Favorite Head Song, It's The Road I'm ON!!     {#Bananapiano}
This song is worth it just for the hollering at the end: "HAH!! HAH!!" Love that.
This came up in response to hitting the PSD button, and seems ideal as I sit at my desk working on this dull grey monday morning.
Doesn't hold up too well these days. Used to kind of like this tune years ago...nowadays I feel as if the ending is still the best part of the song.
 Cynaera wrote:
I'm sure it labels me as a total dork, but I love Talking Heads. Quirky, observant, snarky, unconventional... It took me almost thirty years to appreciate their music, lyrics, and instrumental prowess, but I'm finally there. No TH on vinyl, cassette, or CD, but that will be changing soon.

Geez - I guess I really AM getting old.{#Roflol}
 
I loved them the first time i heard them...Providence RI in the early 80's.  So different, so smart, & yes I love the snarkiness as well
 Neil66 wrote:
4 years later, but I totally agree... eg. I just CANNOT abide Neko Case. I instantly reach for the buttons when she comes on, but it appears the majority on RP like/love her... I totally love talking heads & in no way do I find DB annoying... Divergent indeed!
 

Funny...I completely agree with you about both artists
Just bumped this from a 7 to an 8 after finding it on PSD when I switched away from a late period R.E.M. borefest.

Haterz gots ta hate, but this is a nugget of joy. 
Every Talking Heads song comment area is like a haters blog, It's funnky that! I also can't stand this band!
Keep drivin', please. One way.
 Stratocaster wrote:
I'm sorry, I JUST DON'T GET THEM!!!!

However, gave it a 6, since I know I am in the minority and probably should get them....BUT I DON'T!!! 
 

Don't be shy!  I gave it a 4.

I admire the chutzpah of a guy making a success of such a hideous voice, and I really like the group's rhythms, but Talking Heads snapped up fresh new shelf space at a time when the listening public was stampeding in horror away from Barry Manilow.  Who could NOT sound good after THAT!
I'm sorry, I JUST DON'T GET THEM!!!!

However, gave it a 6, since I know I am in the minority and probably should get them....BUT I DON'T!!! 
just hate them!!!
4 years later, but I totally agree... eg. I just CANNOT abide Neko Case. I instantly reach for the buttons when she comes on, but it appears the majority on RP like/love her... I totally love talking heads & in no way do I find DB annoying... Divergent indeed!
Their last GREAT song!
The only problem with this song is it sounds friggin' horrible.
That's it, I'm outta here. . . 

 eject
 terrapin52 wrote:
Horrible singer.  Way too much David Bryne.  And any Bryne is too much.
  I agree - too much Bryne is too much Bryne - as in what olive bryne??


 Cynaera wrote:
I'm sure it labels me as a total dork, but I love Talking Heads. Quirky, observant, snarky, unconventional... It took me almost thirty years to appreciate their music, lyrics, and instrumental prowess, but I'm finally there. No TH on vinyl, cassette, or CD, but that will be changing soon.

Geez - I guess I really AM getting old.{#Roflol}
 
It took me one song - Psycho Killer - on the Max's Kansas City jukebox in 1977 to appreciate TH. 

You're a late bloomer - what can I say.  But welcome.
Horrible singer.  Way too much David Bryne.  And any Bryne is too much.
 bugleboy624 wrote:
Love this song. I'm bouncing in my chair at work. 10! {#Bounce}
 

Nearly 2 years later,  so am I.
One of my favorite T Heads songs.  Listened to this incessantly while my first marriage was falling apart - I'm not kidding.  {#Smile}

Much happier now and I still love this song.

Road to nowhere by tiredofkim
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tiredofkim/

Souvenir Foto assignment No. 7: Forced perspective & Faux tilt shift

I was out in Folsom briefly on Sunday to take my cats to the vet, and since it's not far from nowhere, I drove around looking for a shot that I could faux tilt shit and this seemed to fit the bill. I had fun with the program, and would like to play around with it a lttle more. I think it'll open my eyes to photo opportunities I may not have noticed otherwise.

I haven't been feeling too great this week, so I haven't had a chance to get out to take any other photos. I'm really hoping to be able to capture a forced perspective shot today before the deadline, but even if I don't, my interest in forced perspective has been piqued enough that I'll be doing one very soon, even if it can't be for the group. :)

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When I was young I had a 90 minute cassette with Talking Heads Litlle Creatures on one side and Ganggajang's self titled first album on the other.  I had to make a 3rd copy because I destroyed the first 2 by overplaying in my cheap knock off walkman.
Grab a DVD of the movie Stop Making Sense and watch it on a set equipped with good sound. Then you will know the Talking Heads.

 
Cynaera wrote:
I'm sure it labels me as a total dork, but I love Talking Heads. Quirky, observant, snarky, unconventional... It took me almost thirty years to appreciate their music, lyrics, and instrumental prowess, but I'm finally there. No TH on vinyl, cassette, or CD, but that will be changing soon.

Geez - I guess I really AM getting old.{#Roflol}
 


I'd turn it up but the kids are asleep...
Okay, I admit, I'm a big Talking Heads junkie. Can't get enough. But I can stop whenever I want. I just don't want to.
 mindless wrote:

Funny, I just killed the volume too. Guess this isn't to everyone's taste.
 
Same here...
Maybe this is a tad overplayed. It's still good enough, just not as much of a pleasant surprise as some other RP choices.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
The ratings distribution tells the story - one of the defining albums of 80's art rock. If you were there, remember that a lot of the attraction was that it spoke to you when others seemed oblivious. Any wonder that still happens? Geeks ascendant, fighting their way to the top.

 
I was in Jr. High when my brother brought this album home.  It was accepted that it was the Latest Album by a Very Great Band that has done Many Other Things that I hadn't heard of yet but Should. I Did. and I'm Glad.

 Shesdifferent wrote:
Mute button
 
Funny, I just killed the volume too. Guess this isn't to everyone's taste.

 Shesdifferent wrote:
Mute button
 
Why? I'm just curious. Send a PM if you don't feel comfortable posting publicly.... {#Smile}
I'm sure it labels me as a total dork, but I love Talking Heads. Quirky, observant, snarky, unconventional... It took me almost thirty years to appreciate their music, lyrics, and instrumental prowess, but I'm finally there. No TH on vinyl, cassette, or CD, but that will be changing soon.

Geez - I guess I really AM getting old.{#Roflol}
The ratings distribution tells the story - one of the defining albums of 80's art rock. If you were there, remember that a lot of the attraction was that it spoke to you when others seemed oblivious. Any wonder that still happens? Geeks ascendant, fighting their way to the top.

This is the Talking Heads people ~ pure genius . (please play us a Dream Operator)

Classic Talking Heads.  Great tune.
 kellis wrote:
I don't get these guys at all. I gotta either dig the melody or lyrics or something to appreciate a song, and I can't quite find anything redeeming in what I've heard of their stuff.
Their lyrics may or may not be intelligent/profound or they may just be silly - I'll never know because I can't get past David Byrne's terribly annoying voice. And since I can't really stand the tune or melody, that doesn't really leave anything. Amazing how people's musical tastes diverge.
  Well put!
I like this song very much, and radioparadise for playing them
Oh and I love Thom York, you know the guy some others seem to call the mumbling guy. 'must be a question of wavelength and tuning sensors. I love diversity and the montypython
happy new year (here 30cm of snow!)

Love this song. I'm bouncing in my chair at work. 10! {#Bounce}
Road to nowhere,,ain't that the TRUTH !!{#Meditate}
 Shesdifferent wrote:
Mute button
 
Go home

Follow this up with The Killers' "This is Your Life" PULEASE!?!
Mute button
+1 for the inspired random 'yipping'

1 -> 2

And again for our daily dose of DB/TH torture...

Mr Creosote says....

This prompted me to slip Rahsaan Roland Kirk's The Return of the 5000 lb Man into the CD/DVD drive. Those who like this, enjoy!


That takes guts, Bill.  A whole lotta people here don't seem to appreciate DB/TH.  I want to work with you on it.
 Papernapkin wrote:
It's about time they played some Talking Heads. It's been minutes.
 
It's about time someone whined about the Talking Heads. It's been minutes. {#Cool}



cover art by the Right Reverend Howard Finster

 Papernapkin wrote:
It's about time they played some Talking Heads. It's been minutes.
 
{#Lol}

It's about time they played some Talking Heads. It's been minutes.
 debbieringo wrote:
Pull up the video of the Young At Heart chorus doing this tune on YouTube, it's great!
 
I know! It's AWESOME!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v8_BnZSBQo

Pull up the video of the Young At Heart chorus doing this tune on YouTube, it's great!
right, . . . god-awful!!!

 
Welly wrote:
David Byrne is a god.
No question.
 


Yes baby, this song is so cool.. who isn't on the road to nowhere????

I don't get these guys at all. I gotta either dig the melody or lyrics or something to appreciate a song, and I can't quite find anything redeeming in what I've heard of their stuff. Their lyrics may or may not be intelligent/profound or they may just be silly - I'll never know because I can't get past David Byrne's terribly annoying voice. And since I can't really stand the tune or melody, that doesn't really leave anything. Amazing how people's musical tastes diverge.
I have always liked how they go "mmm babyitsalright."
Does anyone else hear the tracks jumping worse than normal?
Wow! I just love this song!!!
i was hoping to get through a RP session without DB's ego spoiling my morning . . .oh well, maybe tomorrow. . . :(
Same as it ever was... :bananasplit:
It`s all right !!
time to change the station . . . . again. too much T-Heads. . . .
1986 escaped London rain, riding the Green tortoise magic bus through Nevada ( past future site of Burning man). Open faced laughing and dancing as the bus ate up the white line in the tarmac. Transistioned from new wave to hippy in one backwards trip. Live in SF fogtown ever since.
Danny_G wrote:
Nobody knows how much I love this song! :bounce:
Nobody knows how much I love this band and when it comes to concert movies Stop Making Sense tops'em all! I never tire of seeing the performance. :guitarist: :drummer: :bananajam: :bananapiano: :whistle: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
WAY too d*mn appropriate for after 6:00pm on \'hump day\' as the program I am using crashes :eek:
Welly wrote:
David Byrne is a god. No question.
demi-god
can NOBODY else in that band sing? and i like TH/ DB.
Nobody knows how much I love this song! :bounce:
karljonasson wrote:
As a Talking Heads fanatic, I have to say, this is not a very good tune. I even heard David admit that he added the choir intro because he was ashamed to put out a song with only two chords.
But the lyrics are fantastic! :cheers: I like music also
Speaking as a huge fan of their earlier work, I have to say that this song title constitutes Truth In Advertising. Ho Hum.
MatClarke wrote:
Finally I admit I have no Talking Heads records, have never understood why anyone liked them and always thought they were pointless, as they reveal in this song. (although I have a David Byrne solo album I like called Rio something beginning with B)
I think you're talking about Rei Momo (sp?). I think that one is good. The Catherine Wheel (DB solo) is great. Try Remain in Light, which is their best album of all (IMO) and Little Creatures, which is their last album that I thought was any good (it might be their last). They are pretty different and the transition from RiL to LC was pretty gradual. If you don't like either one, then you should give up on them.
Ha Ha... I got busted singing along to this at work when someone came along and asked me who sang this. I said " You don't know that this is Talking Heads? What is wrong with you." The reply was,"Well maybe you should let them sing the song." :redface: Busted. Thanks RP.... I've been burned because of you! :flamed: :dancingbanana_2:
I really try to like the Talking Heads, but songs like this make me doubt my efforts. This song in particular just seems like a mess of sounds.