David Byrne — Glass, Concrete & Stone
Album: Grown Backwards
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 1190
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Released: 2004
Length: 4:11
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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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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?
Dude's good on many levels...

Also enjoys keeping their flavor fresh


 chelsiaann wrote:
This song. Head phones. Amazing.
I never heard this song until a few months ago on RP. I went home and downloaded it almost immediately then, like a teenager, listened to it on repeat for an hour. Then I told one of my former students about it and it was an instant win with him.
Long live David Byrne. A weirdo I like.

 

{#Propeller}  A weirdo I like too.  VIVA WEIRDOS!  {#Lol}
This song. Head phones. Amazing.
I never heard this song until a few months ago on RP. I went home and downloaded it almost immediately then, like a teenager, listened to it on repeat for an hour. Then I told one of my former students about it and it was an instant win with him.
Long live David Byrne. A weirdo I like.
As much as I don't like David Byrne, I don't mind this song too terribly much. I wish it were instrumental nonetheless.
I guess the ratings distrubtion says it all,,, that more people enjoy David Byrne that dislike him...Great plays on RP, and always enjoy learning the names of bands I have not yet discovered, and am happy that RP is there to educate us all... Each day listening to RP is a surprise and a most enjoyable eclectic mix of artists and music styles. Well Done..
Imagine how talented the rest of the Talking Heads must have been, to make this guy sound good?
For the longest time, I thought the line was "Meet in a parking lot, Having a hendershot", and I wondered what that was.   EDIT - oh, wait, I already said that!  DELETE DELETE DELETE...
We like, haven't heard the rest of the album.


This song is from one of the worst CDs I've ever bought. Terrible.
Horribly horrific, as usual. Switching to classical CD because I don't need my life to be worse than it already is. 

not a fan of this bit...

Love this album, love this song. 

9


 fredriley wrote:
I'd love to wake at the crack of dawn, but I doubt that Dawn would like it :o)

I'll get me dirty mac...
 
Fred - depends on what you DID after you woke at the crack of dawn.  Right there with you, grabbing me coat...

Oh.  It's David Byrne.  Hitting the mute switch.  Let me know when the 90-year-old tone-deaf woman stops singing.  So funny, the previous post seemed to echo my same sentiments.  I hadn't read it first.  :P


 joeychick wrote:
uugggghhhhh, Every single time I listen to RP, David Byrne is always on the airwaves. I used to like him, but there's way too much of him on RP. headphones off for the next 5 mins.
 
Yep. I've not been listening to RP very much these past few months, as there is little that's new to my ears anymore. Time was when I'd be chasing down 80% of everything I heard here... those were the days.

Anyway, I'm glad I'm sitting at the computer and happened to glance at what's next so I could quickly mute my sound system.
Very nice on this quiet, foggy early morning at work... {#Meditate}
 nalle wrote:

Beklagar SweTex men inte f-n är detta briljant, bara tråkigt. Hälsningar från moderlandet?
 
Brilliantly boring ? {#Ask}
I'd love to wake at the crack of dawn, but I doubt that Dawn would like it :o)

I'll get me dirty mac...
uugggghhhhh, Every single time I listen to RP, David Byrne is always on the airwaves. I used to like him, but there's way too much of him on RP. headphones off for the next 5 mins.
Is this good  or  not so good ? Hmmmmm  i  think   mayyybeeee..... not so good.
RP's forever love affair with David Byrne and Talking Heads.....
For, literally, years now, every time I heard this song, I vaguely wondered what "having a hendershot" meant!  "define: hendershot" gave me nothing from Google, so I looked up the lyrics "Harriet Hendershot" - it's a name!

Brilliant?{#Yes}
 MinMan wrote:
On he contrary, I think this is one of his better recent efforts.
 
It is less abrasive and less idiosyncratic. So I gave it a 3.

 stevebeaver wrote:
David Byrne isn't my cup of tea, in fact I gave this a 2. That said there is a place for this here. There is plenty of music that doesn't do it for me. Doesnt mean it has no value or is crap. If somebody listens and enjoys it or gets happy or has a dark day made a bit bright, then the song has fulfilled its purpose. Unless it is Toby Keith. That sh!t has got to go!
 


Yup, what he (she) said.
On he contrary, I think this is one of his better recent efforts.
 photolew wrote:
Not my favorite DB song
 
Mine neither. But then, I equally detest all TH/DB tracks.


 stevebeaver wrote:
. . . Unless it is Toby Keith. That sh!t has got to go!
 
{#Roflol} I guess the tractor-pull crowd has to listen to something!

David Byrne isn't my cup of tea, in fact I gave this a 2. That said there is a place for this here. There is plenty of music that doesn't do it for me. Doesnt mean it has no value or is crap. If somebody listens and enjoys it or gets happy or has a dark day made a bit bright, then the song has fulfilled its purpose. Unless it is Toby Keith. That sh!t has got to go!
 SweTex wrote:
Brilliant as always.
 
Beklagar SweTex men inte f-n är detta briljant, bara tråkigt. Hälsningar från moderlandet?
 DaveInVA wrote:

Stop your spewing, troll. If you can't handle people not having the same taste in music as you maybe you should leave instead of attacking people here, pal.

 
Ah, Dave... there you are.  I was afraid that hovel may have fallen in on you.