Burning Down the House Lyrics

Talking Heads

publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Chris Frantz, Christopher Frantz, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
album: Track 1 in album Speaking in Tongues
release date: 1983-5-31
popularity : 17 users have visited this page.
genres: Electronic Rock Funk / Soul
styles: Alternative Rock/Funk/New Wave/Post-Punk/Synth-pop
length: 4:02
producer: Talking Heads
vocal: David Byrne
mixer: Alex Sadkin
engineer: Alex Sadkin and Butch Jones
background vocals: Brian Eno, Jerry Harrison, Nona Hendryx, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz
guitar: Adrian Belew
percussion: Jose Rossy and Robert Palmer
mastering: Ted Jensen
guest percussion: Steve Scales
guest synthesizer: Wally Badarou
drums & synthesizer: Chris Frantz
keyboard & guitar: Jerry Harrison
keyboard & percussion & drums: Chris Frantz
keyboard & bass & percussion: Brian Eno
bass & percussion & keyboard: Tina Weymouth
guitar & keyboard & bass & percussion: David Byrne
bass & percussion & guitar & keyboard: Jerry Harrison
assistant engineer: Jay Mark, John Convertino and Franklin Gibson
guitars & keyboard & bass & percussion: David Byrne
synthesizer & double bass & guitar: Tina Weymouth
composer: David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz
lyricist: David Byrne

Cover Art

Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues cover art
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Watch out you might get what you're after
Boom babies strange but not a stranger
I'm an ordinary guy
Burning down the house

Hold tight wait till the party's over
Hold tight We're in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

Here's your ticket pack your bag: time for jumpin' overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far,
Maybe you know where you are
Fightin' fire with fire

All wet hey you might need a raincoat
Shakedown dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hun-dred six-ty five de-grees
Burning down the house

It was once upon a place sometimes I listen to myself
Gonna come in first place
People on their way to work baby what did you except
Gonna burst into flame

My house's out of the ordinary
That's might don't want to hurt nobody
Some things sure can sweep me off my feet
Burning down the house

No visible means of support and you have not seen nuthin' yet
Everything's stuck together
I don't know what you expect starring into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire

Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Burning Down the House
  • 2 Making Flippy Floppy
  • 3 Girlfriend Is Better
  • 4 Slippery People
  • 5 I Get Wild/Wild Gravity
  • 6 Swamp
  • 7 Moon Rocks
  • 8 Pull Up the Roots
  • 9 This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)