David Byrne — Glass, Concrete & Stone
Album: Grown Backwards
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6.8

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Total ratings: 1320









Released: 2004
Length: 4:11
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Now
I'm wakin' at the crack of dawn
to send a little money home
from here to the moon
is risin' like a discotheque
and now my bags are down and packed for traveling

Lookin' at happiness
keepin' my flavor fresh
nobody knows I guess
how far I'll go, I know
so I'm leavin' at Six O' Clock
meet in a parkin' lot
Harriet Hendershot
sunglasses on, she waits by this

Glass and concrete and stone
It is just a house, not a home.

Skin, that covers me from head to toe
except a couple tiny holes and openings
Where, the city's blowin' in and out
this is what it's all about, delightfully

Everything's possible
when you're an animal
not inconceivable
How things can change, I know

So I'm puttin' on aftershave
nothin' is out of place
gonna be on my way
Try to pretend, it's not only

Glass and concrete and stone
That it's just a house, not a home.
And its glass and concrete and stone

It is just a house, not a home
And my head is fifty feet high
Let my body and soul be my guide
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 h8rhater wrote:

1. A minority of listeners, with tedious complaints, who fail to see the genious in DB's music and want "us" to all know about their shortcomings.
2. "They" are free to boycott whatever they want.  We wouldn't.
 
He just played here in Eugene and it was the next best thing since the Stop Making Sense Tour! 12 musicians jamming, venue dancing, it was a blast!{#Bananajam}
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
I thought we were boycotting David Byrne and Talking Heads...


dwhayslett wrote:

Who is "we", and why would "we" do that? 

 
1. A minority of listeners, with tedious complaints, who fail to see the genious in DB's music and want "us" to all know about their shortcomings.
2. "They" are free to boycott whatever they want.  We wouldn't.

The lyric after the song title "Glass and concrete and stone, it's just a house, not a home" reminds me of one of the funniest wedding gifts I've ever seen.  

When my dad got married for the 3rd time, one of his business associates named Mr. Chen got him and my new step-mum (she's Canadian) a machine made wood carving with the words "LOVE IS WHAT MAKES A HOME A HOUSE" and a price tag of $4.99. 

Not only was the gift super funny because it was a Chinese knock-off of an otherwise cool gift with the idiom screwed up, Mr. Chen is a multi-millionaire who owns several apartment buildings in the Seattle area and flew back-and-forth to China at least once a month.  The idea that he bought a wedding gift in China to bring back to Seattle for my dad was very heartwarming; the fact that his rich ass paid less than $5 for a gift cheesier than a fondue party in Wisconsin AND the wording of the idiom was flipped so as to not have the intended meaning....well that is priceless. 

I think it was re-gifted to another recently wed friend of my dad as a gag gift...and hopefully re-re-gifted....and so on....

Because this song reminds me of this hilarious gift I'm bumping my otherwise 7 rating to an 8.  LONG LIVE RP!!


 chyk5 wrote:

Agreed, It's just unfortunate the same can't be said for the rest of the album. 

 
I can say it for the rest of the album;  all good stuff.

Thanks Radio Paradise, who else would pull out these nuggets from time to time?  Nobody.
 Typesbad wrote:
David Byrne's voice is annoying.  It wasn't so bad when when he was backed by the energy and great rhythms of the rest of the Talking Heads.  But anything with minimal instrumentation and a flowing melody is going to be problem with him.

 
{#Clap}

Thank you. From what I can remember, Byrne's actual singing was limited in TH: he spoke lyrics more. It might be better these days if he found someone to sing for him. 
Yuck
 CHuLoYo wrote:
An unappreciated jewel 

 
Agreed, It's just unfortunate the same can't be said for the rest of the album. 
An unappreciated jewel 
 joempie wrote:

I wish. They had some relevance, and it's not bad, but 2 of their songs per day just goes to show that Bill has got a crush on it. That's his good right, as it's his radio station, but for me it's a valid reason to switch to a different channel every day. I wouldn't mind one of their songs per week, but here it's completely overrepresented imho.

 
Bill has his reasons to play his faves and you have yours to leave.  See ya!  {#Wave}
Came to comment and saw I said the exact same thing word for word two months ago. Good god I do love it though.
Poignant 
God I love this tune. Absolute gem.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
I thought we were boycotting David Byrne and Talking Heads...

 
I wish. They had some relevance, and it's not bad, but 2 of their songs per day just goes to show that Bill has got a crush on it. That's his good right, as it's his radio station, but for me it's a valid reason to switch to a different channel every day. I wouldn't mind one of their songs per week, but here it's completely overrepresented imho.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
I thought we were boycotting David Byrne and Talking Heads...

 
Who is "we", and why would "we" do that? 
Wow All the way down to the last line a suspension.
I thought we were boycotting David Byrne and Talking Heads...
Surprised you're playing David Byrne considering how his company is upping broadcasting rates as indicated by the letter on the front page of the RP website.
Thank you psd gods! left this Byrne-blech for actual kick-ass funk fromJohn Mayall, super righteous "Television Eye" 1970
David Byrne's voice is annoying.  It wasn't so bad when when he was backed by the energy and great rhythms of the rest of the Talking Heads.  But anything with minimal instrumentation and a flowing melody is going to be problem with him.
wasn't this in some movie?