Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime Lyrics

Talking Heads Remain in Light cover art
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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 up
Time is an asterisk
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...
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
  • 2 Crosseyed and Painless
  • 3 The Great Curve
  • 4 Once in a Lifetime
  • 5 Houses in Motion
  • 6 Seen and Not Seen
  • 7 Listening Wind
  • 8 The Overload


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Brian Eno, Christopher Frantz, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
    album: Track 4 in album Remain in Light
    release date: 1980-5-10
    popularity : 96 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Funk / Soul Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Leftfield/New Wave/Art Rock/Pop Rock/Disco
    length: 4:21
    producer: Brian Eno
    lead vocals: David Byrne
    mixer: John Potoker, Brian Eno, David Byrne and Dave Jerden
    engineer: Dave Jerden, Jack Nuber, John Potoker, Stephen Stanley and Rhett Davies
    background vocals: Brian Eno and Nona Hendryx
    guitar: Adrian Belew
    percussion: Jose Rossy and Robert Palmer
    mastering: Greg Calbi
    percussion & drums & keyboard: Chris Frantz
    keyboard & bass & percussion: Tina Weymouth
    bass & percussion & keyboard: Brian Eno
    percussion & keyboard & bass & guitar: Jerry Harrison
    bass & percussion & guitar & keyboard: David Byrne
    assistant engineer: Kendall Stubbs
    composer: David Byrne, Brian Eno
    lyricist: David Byrne
    Album Information
    label: Sire Records
    country(area): Japan
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin