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Of the space-time continuum

An oldie

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This is dating me! But after Kat posted about living someone else’s life, this song popped into my mind. Like waking up one day we found ourselves in a strange and unfamiliar environment, with a strange and unfamiliar man by our side? WTF happened, who are you, and WTF am I doing here?

Then I had a real Talking Heads flashback afternoon. My best friend, J and I used to have some fun times to some of this music. I liked it, but it wasn’t totally my favourite, and she was a bit the same, but together we loved them! Does that make any sense? We rogued and detassled maize as a summer job one year, a boring job that means you spend a lot of time walking up rows of maize, and we only had the local Top 40 radio station and a group of us working away for company. So Road to Nowhere was a classic we still giggle, make walking motions as we “dance” and reminisce about! Stupid, but true. I used to be silly, irreverant and really quite dumb. Once upon a time.

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself
Well…How did I get here?

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground

And you may ask yourself
How do I work this?
And you may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile?
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful house
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground

Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…

Water dissolving…and water removing
There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Under the water, carry the water at the bottom of the ocean
Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground
Into the blue again
Into the silent water
Under the rocks and stones
There is water underground

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground

And you may ask yourself
What is that beautiful house?
And you may ask yourself
Where does that highway go to?
And you may ask yourself
Am I right?…Am I wrong?
And you may say to yourself yourself
My God!…What have I done?!

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground
Into the blue again
Into the silent water
Under the rocks and stones
There is water underground

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground

Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Look where my hand was
Time isn’t holding us
Time isn’t after us
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Yeah, the twister comes
Here comes the twister
Same as it ever was…

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9 thoughts on “An oldie

  1. Ha! Love that song! Your dancing in the corn rows was a great visualization ! I used to get ‘lost’ in the cornfields during break sometimes. It was fun times!

  2. Ah, Talking Heads seem like from a lifetime ago…awesome song! SWxo

  3. I listened to Top 40 religiously when I was a kid. This song came out right before I graduated high school. There is not a singles 80’s hit that I cannot recite nearly all the words. Even just looking at the lyrics, I could literally hear the song in my head. Also, every song I hear from 1984-1986 either reminds me of Blue Eyes, or Colleen. Music is so powerful and memories are so important to remembering who we are. I am still silly, irreverent, and really quite dumb (mindless TV helps me keep my dumbness sharp, ha). I have always tried not to take life seriously and talk the hell out of everything (quite annoying to people sometimes). I want that Kat back, the good the bad the ugly… all of it. Great post, Paula!

    • Wow. I thought it may have been later than that. I was thinking about 1984. Oh don’t worry, I’m still dumb! Just don’t believe the best in people anymore, sadly.

      • I think the music video made it popular a little later, so that was classic MTV… it played throughout my college years as well, which were dominated by bars with music videos playing non-stop. I can recite every word from pretty much every top 40 hit in the 70’s too. I used to listen to the entire top 40 on my transistor radio on Sunday mornings. Summers were my favorite… out on the front lawn of our house, just staring into the sky. I am a pretty simple person 🙂 .

      • Lol, remember when the word tranny meant something else, Kat?!!! Or was that an antipodean thing? We loved our trannies. Then Walkmans (Is the plural Walkmen, lol?) We are old, lady, lol.

        I was always into stuff that was a little less mainstream, but I think everyone knew the Top 40 stuff pretty intimately, after all, you couldn’t stream music, and down here in little ole EnZed, live acts were scarce. Radio hits and the odd bit of alternative music show down here (my favourite show was on late at night, Fridays I think, called Radio With Pictures, and was awesome, access to music you didn’t hear on the radio.) Things have certainly changed on that front, go to as much live music as I can access and afford now. It sure is a route of connection, temporal and spatial boundaries are recalled so keenly with music as the map.

    • Oh, and yeah, the lyrics were right on my tongue immediately when I read your post the other day. I am good with lyrics also. Maybe not quite in your league, but they meant something, so they were remembered.

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