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Shawn Colvin — This Must Be the Place [Naive Melody]
Album: Live
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Released: 2009
Length: 4:34
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Home
It's where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me round
I come home
Born with a weak heart
I guess I must be having fun

But the less we say about it the better
Let's make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground
Head in the clouds
I'm okay, I know nothing's wrong

Hi ho
Got plenty of time

Mm, yeah
Hi ho
You got light in your eyes

And you're standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money
Always for love
Cover up and say good night
Say good night

Home
That's where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home
You lifted up your wings
I guess this must be the place

Because I can't tell one from another
Did I find you or you find me?
There was a time before we were born
If someone asks this is where I'll be

Hi ho
We drift in and out

Mm, yeah
Hi ho
Sing into my mouth

And out of all those kinds of people
You got a face with a view
And I am just an animal looking for a home
To share the same space for a minute or two

Will you love me until my heart stops?
Will you love me until I'm dead?

You got eyes that'll light up
Eyes that look through
Cover up the blank spot
Hit me on the head

Say good night
Say good night
Say good night
Comments (205)add comment
Byrne it down!
Great song / Tasty interpretation
And out of all those kinds of people

You got a face with a view
I never knew this was a love song until I heard this version. Now I enjoy the Head’s version entirely differently.
I get it. Far different from the original. But lighten up folks. A great song transcends no matter what the melody. I love others interpretations of classics.
There may be better versions of this song, but that voice grabs me and makes me listen.
This is a very poignant song, a quality which I think gets overshadowed by the music in the original.
This is one sloooooowwww song.
 Typesbad wrote:
Beautiful.  Shawn has made this song her own.  

 
Well, she can keep it.

{#Ask} 
Beautiful.  Shawn has made this song her own.  
I'm not usually a fan of covers but this is nice. Gives the song an even greater sense of yearning than the original.
I just bumped this to a 10.  Every artist takes the supplies (paint, lyrics, fiber) and crafts their own work of art.

And you know David B isn't complaining about the residuals. {#Cheesygrin}
Couldn't 'a'' said it better myself. Thanks, HighLow...
 

Highlowsel wrote:
Oh now come on you guys slamming this one. 

I'll be the first to admit her rendition is probably not what David Byrne originally intended of the song.  But that's the thing about music.  It can be twisted around, given a slant the originator may have never, ever, intended.  Think Hendrix and Dylan's All Along the Watch Tower. 

I know, I know...gag me with a spoon, then smack me with it (heh), regarding the relevance of my example....but really...is it all that bad, Ms Colvin's rendition?  Listen to her voice.  It ain't bad...even if Sir David of the Byrne tribe might be squirming juuuust a bit in "this isn't exactly what I meant" twitchiness. 

Art...it's all in the eye, the voice and the ear, of the beholder ain't it?

Just sayin' is all.

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 


 Mita wrote:
No covers, Radio Paradise!

 
You must be new. Bill (the station's DJ) likes covers. Especially seems like he digs ones like this that go to such lengths to rearrange the song.
Beautiful, sweet interpretation of an amazing song!  Seems to mean more and more, over the years.
Yawn.
BOOOORING AND SO BAD!!! 
WTF IS THIS?!
Cheese does the best version of this Heads son, IMHO.
Quite possibly the worst cover ever, especially considering Ms. Colvin is an adequate musician.
 Mita wrote:
No covers, Radio Paradise!

 
at least its not a nirvana cover *sigh*
No covers, Radio Paradise!
 dwhayslett wrote:
 Highlowsel wrote:
Just sayin' is all.

As opposed to what?

 
I guess "just sayin'" as opposed to "lecturing" or "pontificating".  Maybe not...
 Highlowsel wrote:
Oh now come on you guys slamming this one. 

...

Art...it's all in the eye, the voice and the ear, of the beholder ain't it?
 

Well, yes.  The "guys slamming this one" hear things differently than you, it seems.

Just sayin' is all.

As opposed to what?
I'm usually not a big fan of cover versions but I do admire her treatment of this one.
Oh now come on you guys slamming this one. 

I'll be the first to admit her rendition is probably not what David Byrne originally intended of the song.  But that's the thing about music.  It can be twisted around, given a slant the originator may have never, ever, intended.  Think Hendrix and Dylan's All Along the Watch Tower. 

I know, I know...gag me with a spoon, then smack me with it (heh), regarding the relevance of my example....but really...is it all that bad, Ms Colvin's rendition?  Listen to her voice.  It ain't bad...even if Sir David of the Byrne tribe might be squirming juuuust a bit in "this isn't exactly what I meant" twitchiness. 

Art...it's all in the eye, the voice and the ear, of the beholder ain't it?

Just sayin' is all.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
She should be tarred and feathered for the crime she comitted with this dreadful dreadful cover version of a perfectly good song!{#Stop}
 thewiseking wrote:
Can't stand this sort of thing. Strictly for the Starbucks franchise near you. 

 
{#Cheesygrin} ha!
Can't stand this sort of thing. Strictly for the Starbucks franchise near you. 
Test
Beautiful
 Grammarcop wrote:
Sing into my mouth?

 
That's another great version- Sam Beam and Ben Bridwell.
Sing into my mouth?
Both versions great - and original always gets special acknowledgement.  But her version is perfect, beautiful.
Dreadful version of a Talking Heads classic.
Nice covers today!


Her "Cover Girl" album version is better
Take out the rythm of any Talking Heads song and you take out the heart.
love, warmth, safety.  We all need them
I hate the cover less than the original.
I just love this song.  Interesting cover.
String Cheese does a great version of this.
*NICE* cover :)  (dont' get me wrong, like the original much more... but this.. very nice departure) :)
 Typesbad wrote:
I love the original, particularly the live version on Stop Making sense.  But I think the emotion of this version is much more in line with the actual lyrics.

 
I agree. I saw her in Nashville a few months ago... great show. Emmy Lou Harris showing up in the second set was a nice surprise too :)
nice
I could listen to her vocals all day
I love the original, particularly the live version on Stop Making sense.  But I think the emotion of this version is much more in line with the actual lyrics.
Nice. I'm noticing lyrics that I never picked up on in the original — even though I've heard the Talking Head's version a million times.

Oh. My. God.

Life ... Love ... Joy ... Grief ... her voice ...


 thewiseking wrote:
Oh no, she's giving my Talking Heads the Cowboy Junkies treatment. The Great Ennui strikes again suckin all the life out of something great

 
Sorry, can't agree.  To me it's a rare instance of a cover neither surpassing nor ceding to the original.

The original is truly great, by the way. 
I agree with those that feel this gets to a different essence of the song.  I love it when a cover does this for a song.  The new interpretation is great.  Good art should inspire this. Talking Heads did so much passionate song crafting in their very special way.
 WonderLizard wrote:

I wish I'd had this insight when my firstborn was married. Today she has a great guy, two adorable children, and a life she never thought she'd have.

 
This song reminds me of many great memories listening to and watching the Talking Heads over the years.

And congratulations to the two of you.  I have a ways to go before I can repeat those sentiments for my 3 year old. 
 paraclete wrote:

I don't know if it is gauche to comment on your own comment.  But as I sit here with tears in my eyes, this old man reflecting on my first born 's wedding day, I feel that I must respond to those who feel that covers are always lesser than . . .  simply not true.
 
I wish I'd had this insight when my firstborn was married. Today she has a great guy, two adorable children, and a life she never thought she'd have.
 whaze wrote:
I'd rather chew on a jumbo roll of tin foil than ever hear that again!

 
Want some salt with that? Great THeads song and a lovely rendition.
I'd rather chew on a jumbo roll of tin foil than ever hear that again!
Oh no, she's giving my Talking Heads the Cowboy Junkies treatment. The Great Ennui strikes again suckin all the life out of something great
 suesblues wrote:
I think this is a beautiful cover, she's actually singing the words, and it feels straight from the heart, about someone looking for home.  That doesn't come through in TH version............they are too busy being funky, perhaps covering their feelings.  I love how this cover actually uncovers the feelings inherent in this song.

 
Wait a second: a non-cover that covers and a cover that uncovers? Works for me. {#Cool}
 suesblues wrote:
I think this is a beautiful cover, she's actually singing the words, and it feels straight from the heart, about someone looking for home.  That doesn't come through in TH version............they are too busy being funky, perhaps covering their feelings.  I love how this cover actually uncovers the feelings inherent in this song.

 
Somehow my thoughts were snatched from my head and wound up on the other side of the world.  Before I had them.
This is putting me to sleeeeeeeep.......
 HoneyBearKelly wrote:
I hate this cover with the heat of a thousand suns.

 
Wow, that is so much hate for a simple song.  
Dear God! Please make it stop..
 leechi wrote:
rpeeps. displeased with cover versions since the beginning of music.

 
I love a good cover.  This song, however, does not qualify.   
There oughta be a law......
Wow... Cool version!
 Jakamo wrote:
"This Must Be The Place" is one of many favorite Talking Heads songs. (it also has a great video)
A definition of a good cover version is when the new version makes you hear new qualities in the song. Shawn's version slowed down a bit, makes the words stand out and gives a slightly different perspective on the tune.
Love it! 

 
Well said. As suesblues noted, Colvin's version pushes forward the longing for a home. One of my fave TH songs. 
I think this is a beautiful cover, she's actually singing the words, and it feels straight from the heart, about someone looking for home.  That doesn't come through in TH version............they are too busy being funky, perhaps covering their feelings.  I love how this cover actually uncovers the feelings inherent in this song.
Always glad to see the Most High Gods, David Byrne and the Talking Heads, honored by a cover of another successful artist.  But I don't think Shawn adds anything to this song.  Like others, I far prefer the original to this one.
 leafmold wrote:
boring cover to a boring song
 
Nice performance, beautiful voice, but afraid I have to agree.
Kinda conflicted about this.  It's both cool and blasphemous at the same time.
Love this great cover!
"This Must Be The Place" is one of many favorite Talking Heads songs. (it also has a great video)
A definition of a good cover version is when the new version makes you hear new qualities in the song. Shawn's version slowed down a bit, makes the words stand out and gives a slightly different perspective on the tune.
Love it! 
boring cover to a boring song
just...no.
rpeeps. displeased with cover versions since the beginning of music.
One thing you will never, ever hear me say is that I like David Byrne's version better of anything, and I mean anything.  
I guess Talking Heads will be next to compensate for this boring cover?
 lemmoth wrote:
So by the beginning of line 2 I knew this was a cover of a tune I was pretty sure I liked but I still couldn't place it 'til I scrolled down the comments.

That - to me is the sign of a cool re-interpretation.

And for all the David Byrne haters on this forum, can you at least admit that the man can write some wonderful songs.
 
Yeah, this cover hit me that way too—and me really listen to the lyrics. I like Byrne a lot less these days than I used to, but Shawn Colvin made me appreciate David Byrne a whole lot more. 


I love the TH version of this song.  I am also passionate about covers.  This song is completely uninteresting to me. 

In this same vein, however, is Nina Gordon's cover of "Straight Outta Compton".  That song never fails to make me smile.  : )
So by the beginning of line 2 I knew this was a cover of a tune I was pretty sure I liked but I still couldn't place it 'til I scrolled down the comments.

That - to me is the sign of a cool re-interpretation.

And for all the David Byrne haters on this forum, can you at least admit that the man can write some wonderful songs.
 mvanderford60 wrote:
Dreadful.  She murders one of my all-time favorites.  Passionless drivel -ack.
 
Passionless?!?  Have you got corn in your ears?! {#Stupid}
I hate this cover with the heat of a thousand suns.
 lexica wrote:
I love a cover version that really reinterprets the song so I hear it differently than before. Very nice!
{#Bounce}
 
Totally agree if its done well like here.  What a great tune.
I love a cover version that really reinterprets the song so I hear it differently than before. Very nice!
{#Bounce}
I love Shawn Colvin - {#Good-vibes}
 paraclete wrote:
I used some of the words of this song as part of my blessing on the marriage of my daughter and her husband.  They are making their home with one another.  I cannot hear this version without wistful tears of joy welling up, missing my daughter, but rejoicing in her adventure. 

Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me round
I feel numb - born with a weak heart
I guess I must be having fun
The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground
Head in the sky
It's ok I know nothing's wrong . . nothing

Hi yo I got plenty of time
Hi yo you got light in your eyes
And you're standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money
Always for love
Cover up and say goodnight . . . say goodnight

Home - is where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home - she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place
I can't tell one from another
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time Before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I'll be . . . where I'll be


 
I don't know if it is gauche to comment on your own comment.  But as I sit here with tears in my eyes, this old man reflecting on my first born 's wedding day, I feel that I must respond to those who feel that covers are always lesser than . . .  simply not true.

Gotta line up w/ the folks who find this version expansive.  That is to say, I will now hear the original differently: not better; not worse.  Different.
I would have not have thought to play this as a follow up to Just Breathe - Awesome!!!

Thanks Bill

Never for money, always for love...home that's where I want to be...
I much prefer Talking Heads to do this song, BUT I like hearing the song nonetheless. I gave it a nine.
This is one of those songs that should never be covered anywhere, by anyone. This just lacks the passion of the original. 
A great cover of a fantastic song.
 casey1024 wrote:
To cover a song and make it different and interesting - without insulting the original singer and/or songwriter is extremely creative.  Since many covers are done of songs that are considered "anthems" or "classics" or defining of one genre or another, I consider it more difficult at times than performing one of your own original pieces.  Of course, that is IMHO...
 
{#Clap} Well said.

Dreadful.  She murders one of my all-time favorites.  Passionless drivel -ack.
Who knew this song could be so beautiful?!
Nice lullaby {#Sleep}
I like this cover. It takes the original to a new place and therefore makes it a new song. Shawn makes it her own. I like that.

A million years ago here I used to pontificate about the Mugro Doctrine of Covers. That all seems rather silly now. The older I get, the less I know. Now I just have my opinion: I like it. That is all.
Just watched "The Big Lebowski" the other night. Shawn Colvin's "Viva Las Vegas" is beyond belief. Just wonderful. Beyond belief that she would even cover that song!
Like it more every time I hear it!
Well said, casey, thanks. {#Arrowd}

Imagine the guts needed to take on, say, a Peggy Lee classic (Fire) or Prince (Kiss), or Jimi (Little Wing), yet folks've done it, and done it well.

To cover a song and make it different and interesting - without insulting the original singer and/or songwriter is extremely creative.  Since many covers are done of songs that are considered "anthems" or "classics" or defining of one genre or another, I consider it more difficult at times than performing one of your own original pieces.  Of course, that is IMHO...
 Cynaera wrote:
Okay, it took awhile, but I finally realized that TH was "Talking Heads." I'd never heard either version of this song before, but I really love Shawn Colvin's, because it was stripped down and vulnerable (and she does simplicity and fragility in the most beautiful of ways.) I have yet to hear the TH version. Somehow, I can't picture David Byrne "stripped down and vulnerable" ) so I'm eager to experience that rendition.
 
How could you not have heard the TH version?  One of the most overplayed songs from the commercial radio days.

FAIL.
 Rozsa wrote:
Covers are for those who lack imagination and creativity...Joe Cocker and The Cure excluded..imho
 
Isn't objectivity wonderful.

This and the recent Peter Gabriel have shown me how surprisingly coverable Talking Heads are! Well done.
 chirpie wrote:
Jeez, look at the guns she's got in that picture. She could break that guitar over your head. ^_^
 
Didn't notice. Too busy checking out her cheekbones...

 Taraincognito wrote:
this might be my favorite song EVER. Shawn, as always, your covers rule.
 
Pulling weeds is no fun either Tara

this might be my favorite song EVER. Shawn, as always, your covers rule.
 DaWiz wrote:
I just turned off RP and put on the original.
 
Love the stop making sense version{#Tongue}
I just turned off RP and put on the original.
She took all the bouncy fun right out of it.{#Rolleyes}
Covers are for those who lack imagination and creativity...Joe Cocker and The Cure excluded..imho
Annie Lennox, Neil Young and now Shawn Colvin. Yawn. I'm sleepy now, thanks.
Okay, it took awhile, but I finally realized that TH was "Talking Heads." I'd never heard either version of this song before, but I really love Shawn Colvin's, because it was stripped down and vulnerable (and she does simplicity and fragility in the most beautiful of ways.) I have yet to hear the TH version. Somehow, I can't picture David Byrne "stripped down and vulnerable" ) so I'm eager to experience that rendition.
 CalOF wrote:
 TH's weird instrumentation and vocals make it sound like total irony, or at least surprise that this could even remotely be the place, let alone must be.
 
Exactly. The surprise, especially for an artsy NY guy, in finding that the Leave it to Beaver concept of "home" is actually pretty nice.

See also the lyrics to Big Country, "I couldn't live there if you paid me" but the way he romanticizes small-town America makes it sound like he's not all that sure...

Great cover, indeed!
OK, I like both artists and both versions, although they seem to give it entirely opposite interpretations.  TH's weird instrumentation and vocals make it sound like total irony, or at least surprise that this could even remotely be the place, let alone must be.
Hers is sappily sincere, or sincerely sappy.  They both work in their own way, at least for me.
Do not believe her a SIIIIINGLE word!

Bad song indeed!
 serendipity_blue wrote:
Many apologies, but this cover is really, really boring!
 
Agreed.

Also, what is it with RP and all the covers lately?


 bxd_tech wrote:
Here I go again, being a downer....but I have to chime-in on this. -Yes, she has a beautiful voice, but the original version is way better. Way.

The T.H. version has a great "high-wire act" feeling to it because David Byrne does not have a beautiful singing voice. That's what makes him singing such a beautiful song so great. Next time you want to put this song in your rotation, just play the real thing...not some pretty young thing doing a "nice" cover.

JMHO

 
The original gets played plenty here; just ask the haters.


 paraclete wrote:
I used some of the words of this song as part of my blessing on the marriage of my daughter and her husband.  They are making their home with one another.  I cannot hear this version without wistful tears of joy welling up, missing my daughter, but rejoicing in her adventure. 

Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me round
I feel numb - born with a weak heart
I guess I must be having fun
The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground
Head in the sky
It's ok I know nothing's wrong . . nothing

Hi yo I got plenty of time
Hi yo you got light in your eyes
And you're standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money
Always for love
Cover up and say goodnight . . . say goodnight

Home - is where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home - she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place
I can't tell one from another
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time Before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I'll be . . . where I'll be



Lovely! {#Sunny} 


Many apologies, but this cover is really, really boring!

The overdriven earnestness in this performance just pushes me over the edge. . . I can hardly stand to listen to it. . .