Talking Heads - Burning Down the House Lyrics

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 and baby what did you except
Gonna burst into flame

My house! Is out of the ordinary
That's right! Don't wanna 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 nothin' yet
Everything's stuck together
And 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)


  • Credits
    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 : 91 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: Butch Jones and Alex Sadkin
    background vocals: Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Nona Hendryx, Brian Eno and Tina Weymouth
    guitar: Adrian Belew
    percussion: Robert Palmer and Jose Rossy
    mastering: Ted Jensen
    guest percussion: Steve Scales
    guest synthesizer: Wally Badarou
    drums & synthesizer: Chris Frantz
    guitar & keyboard: Jerry Harrison
    drums & percussion & keyboard: Chris Frantz
    percussion & keyboard & bass: Brian Eno
    bass & percussion & keyboard: Tina Weymouth
    percussion & guitar & keyboard & bass: David Byrne
    bass & percussion & guitar & keyboard: Jerry Harrison
    assistant engineer: Franklin Gibson, John Convertino and Jay Mark
    guitars & keyboard & percussion & bass: David Byrne
    double bass & guitar & synthesizer: Tina Weymouth
    Album Information
    label: Sire Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 075992388313
    script: Latin