Burning Down the House Lyrics

Talking Heads


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison
album: Track 1 in album Speaking in Tongues
release date: 1983-5-31
popularity : 98 users have visited this page.
length: 4:02
assistant engineer: Franklin Gibson, Jay Mark, John Convertino
engineer: Alex Sadkin, Butch Jones
bass: David Byrne, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
guitars: David Byrne
percussion: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Brian Eno, Steve Scales, Robert Palmer, Jose Rossy, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison
keyboard: David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Brian Eno, David Byrne
synthesizer: Wally Badarou, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth
guest instrument: Wally Badarou, Steve Scales
guitar: Jerry Harrison, Adrian Belew, Tina Weymouth, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison
drums: Chris Frantz, Chris Frantz
double bass: Tina Weymouth
mastering: Ted Jensen
mix: Alex Sadkin
producer: Talking Heads
background vocals: Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Nona Hendryx, Brian Eno, Jerry Harrison
vocal: David Byrne

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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

  • 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)