Song 14 Talking Heads

Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime, 1981

'You may ask youself, "Am I right? Am I wrong?" You may say to yourself, "My God! What have I done?"' There are love songs and there are protest songs. There are hippy-dippy drug anthems and confessional odes to being uncomfortable at dinner parties. But there is only one song I know of that addresses this feeling of suddenly looking around oneself and saying, 'What in tarnation am I doing here?!' Seriously, what the &%$? Wasn't I just fifteen years old, with a perm and flowered jeans, hiding in the back of the school library reading record reviews from Rolling Stone? (Probably skipping gym, now that I think of it.) And now...I'm forty-two? Living in Ireland? Really? How did that happen? Where did this cat come from? What am I doing here? All this and you can dance to it. I did not understand this song when I first heard it as a youngster and I'm not entirely sure I understand it now, but I love the fact that it exists. Thank you, Talking Heads. Happy Friday, all.

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