“Three hundred sixty five degrees, burning down the house!”

Talking Heads – Burning Down the House

Drummer Chris Frantz had just been to a Parliament-Funkadelic where the crowd chanted “Burn down the house.” The band thought it would be a great chorus and worked it into a song they were jamming on before. I especially love this live version with P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell.

Watch out, you might get what you’re after
Cool 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
It’s time for jumping overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far
Maybe you know where you are
Fight fire with fire

All wet, hey you might need a raincoat
Shakedown, dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hundred sixty five degrees
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, said baby what did you expect
Gonna burst into flames

Burning down the house
My house, s’ out of the ordinary
That’s right, 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 nothing yet
Everything’s stuck together
I don’t know what you expect starring into the TV set
Fight fire with fire

Burning down the house
Burning down the house
Burning down the house


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