Life During Wartime

Talking Heads


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Chris Frantz, Christopher Frantz, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
album: Track 5 in album Fear of Music
release date: 1979-8-3
popularity : 13 users have visited this page.
genres: Electronic Rock Funk / Soul Pop
styles: Alternative Rock/Leftfield/Art Rock/Pop Rock/Disco
length: 3:42
producer: Talking Heads and Brian Eno
drums: Chris Frantz
lead vocals: David Byrne
vocal: Jerry Harrison
performer: Brian Eno
engineer: Joe Barbaria, Rod O'Brien and Neal Teeman
bass: Tina Weymouth
guitar: David Byrne
guest congas: Ari Up and Gene Wilder
congas: Ari Up and Gene Wilder
guitar & keyboard: Jerry Harrison
assistant engineer: Julie Last, Chris Martinez and Tom Heid
composer: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
lyricist: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth

Album Information

label: Sire Records
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Talking Heads Fear of Music cover art


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Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons,
Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway,
The sound of gunfire, off in the distance,
Lived in a brownstone, lived in the ghetto,

This ain't no fooling around
I ain't got time for that now
Transmit the message, to the receiver,
I got three passports, a couple of visas,
High on a hillside, the trucks are loading,
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nighttime,

This ain't no fooling around
I ain't got time for that now
Heard about Pittsburgh, P. A.?
Somebody might see you up there
To last a couple of days
Headphones, ain't got no records to play
Why stay in college? Why go to night school?
Can't write a letter, can't send a postcard,
This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
I'd like to kiss you, I'd love you hold you

We blended with the crowd
I know that ain't allowed
Or in a suit and a tie
I don't know what I look like!
We make a pretty good team
You ought to get some sleep
Then you should change your address
Whatever you think is best
They won't help me survive
The burning keeps me alive
Don't want to catch no disease
You better watch what you say


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 I Zimbra
  • 2 Mind
  • 3 Paper
  • 4 Cities
  • 5 Life During Wartime
  • 6 Memories Can’t Wait
  • 7 Air
  • 8 Heaven
  • 9 Animals
  • 10 Electric Guitar
  • 11 Drugs