Stop Making Sense (1984) Script

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"Psycho Killer"

I canít seem to face up to the facts Iím tense and nervous and I canít relax. I canít sleep, cause my bedís on fire. Donít touch me Iím a real live wire.

Psycho Killer Quíest-ce que cíest? fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa better Run run run run run away

You start a conversation you canít even finish it. Youíre talking a lot, but youíre not saying anything. When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed. Say something once, why say it again?

Psycho Killer, Quíest-ce que cíest? fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa better Run run run run run away Oh Oh Oh

Ce que jíai fait, ce soir-la Ce quíelle a dit, ce soir-la Rťalisant mon espoir Je me lance vers la gloire ok Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya We are vain and we are blind I hate people when theyíre not polite Psycho Killer, Quíest-ce que cíest? fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa better Run run run run run run away Oh Oh Oh


"Heaven"

Everyone is trying to get to the bar. The name of the bar, the bar is called Heaven. The band in Heaven they play my favorite song. They play it one more time, they play it all night long.

Oh heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens. Heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens.

There is a party, everyone is there. Everyone will leave at exactly the same time. When this partyís over it will start again. It will not be any different, it will be exactly the same.

Heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens. Heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens.

When this kiss is over it will start again. It will not be any different, it will be exactly the same. Itís hard to imagine that nothing at all could be so exciting, could be this much fun.

Oh, heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens. Oh, heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens.

"Thank You For Sending Me An Angel"

Oh, Oh, baby you can walk, you can talk just like me. You can walk, you can talk just like me. You can look, tell me what you see. You can look, you wonít see nothing like me if you look around the world.

Oh, baby you can walk, you can talk just like me. With a little practice, you can walk like, talk just like me. If thatís what you wanna do. Well, you can look, youíII walk in circles around me. But first, IíII walk in circles íround you. But first, IíII walk around the world.

Iím walking íround the world, here we go. I you can walk, I walk in circles íround you. But first, show me what can you do.

"Found a Job"

"Damn that television what a bad picture!" "Donít get upset, itís not a major disaster." "Thereís nothing on tonight," he said, "I donít know whatís the matter!" "Nothingís ever on", she said, "so I donít know why you bother."

Weíve heard this little scene, weíve heard it many times. People fighting over little things, and wasting precious time. They might be better off I think the way it seems to me. Making up their own shows, which might be better than T.V.

Judyís in the bedroom, inventing situations. Bob is on the street today, scouting up locations. Theyíve enlisted all their family. Theyíve enlisted all their friends. It helped saved their relationship, And made it work again.

Their show gets real high ratings, they think they have a hit. There might even be a spinoff, but theyíre not sure íbout that. Just look at Bob and Judy; theyíre happy as can be, Inventing situations, putting them on T.V.

Judyís in the bedroom, inventing situations, Bob is on the street today, heís scouting up locations. Theyíve enlisted all their family. Theyíve enlisted all their friends. It helped save their relationship, And made it work again hit it.


"Slippery People"

What about the time? You were falliní over Fell on your face. You must be having fun Walk lightly! Think of a time. Youíd best believe, This thing is real Put away that gun. This part is simple Try to recognize what is in your mind God help us! Help us loose our minds These slippery people, help us understand Whatís the matter with him? Heís alright! How do ya know? The Lord wonít mind Donít know no games. Heís alright! Love from the bottom to the top! Turn like a wheel! Heís alright! See for yourself! The Lord wonít mind Weíre gonna move! Right now! Turn like a wheel inside a wheel!

I remember when Sittiní in the tub Pulled out the plug The water was runniní out Cool down Stop acting crazy Theyíre gonna leave And weíII be on our own Seven times five They were living creatures Watch íem come to life Right before your eyes Backsliding! How do you do? These slippery people Gonna see you through Whatís the matter with him? - I seen his face - How do you know? - And then weíre going to the top! Turn like a wheel! - See for yourself! - Weíre gonna move! - Turn like a wheel inside a wheel!


Whatís the matter with him? - How do you know? - No, no, no way. - I Love from the bottom to the top! Turn like a wheel. - See for yourself. - Weíre gonna move! - Right now! Turn like a wheel inside a wheel!

Heís alright! - The Lord wonít mind. Heís alright! - Love from the bottom to the top! Heís alright! - The Lord wonít mind. Right now! - Turn like a wheel inside a wheel!


"Burning Down the House"

Weíve got a match!

Watch out you might get what youíre after Cool baby strange but not a stranger Iím an ordinary guy Burning down the house Hold tight wait ítil the partyís over Hold tight weíre in for nasty weather There has got to be a way Burning down the house Hereís your ticket pack your bag; time for jumpiní overboard Transportation is here Close enough but not too far, maybe you know where you are Fightiní fire with fire All wet yeah you might need a raincoat Shakedown thieves 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 say "Baby what did you expect?" Gonna burst into flame, go ahead

My house is out of the ordinary Thatís right Donít 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 Everythingís stuck together I donít know what you expect staring into the TV set Fighting fire with fire


Burning down the house

"Life During Wartime"


Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons packed up and ready to go Heard of some gravesites, out by the highway a place where nobody knows The sound of gunfire, off in the distance Iím getting used to it now Lived in a brownstone, lived in the ghetto Iíve lived all over this town This ainít no party, this ainít no disco this ainít no fooling around No time for dancing, or lovey dovey I ainít got time for that now Transmit the message, to the receiver hope for an answer some day I got three passports, couple of visas donít even know my real name High on a hillside, trucks are loading everythingís ready to roll I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nightime I might not ever get home This ainít no party, this ainít no disco this ainít no fooling around This ainít no mudd club, or C. B. G. B. I ainít got time for that now


This ainít no party, this ainít no disco this ainít no fooling around No time for dancing, or lovey dovey I ainít got time for that now Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit? Heard about Pittsburgh, PA? You oughta know not to stand by the window somebody might see you up there I got some groceries, some peanut butter to last a couple of days But I ainít got no speakers ainít got no headphones ainít got no records to play Why stay in college? Why go to night school? Gonna be different this time? Canít write a letter, canít send a postcard I canít write nothing at all This ainít no party, this ainít no disco this ainít no fooling around Iíd love you hold you, Iíd like to kiss you I ainít got no time for that now Trouble in transit, got through the roadblock we blended in with the crowd We got computers, weíre tapping phone lines I know that ainít allowed We dress like students, we dress like housewives or in a suit and a tie I changed my hairstyle so many times now donít know what I look like!

You make me shiver, I feel so tender we make a pretty good team Donít get exhausted, IíII do some driving you ought to get you some sleep Burned all my notebooks, what good are notebooks? They wonít help me survive My chest is aching, burns like a furnace the burning keeps me alive


"Making Flippy Floppy"

Wait a minute, to everybody get in line!

Nothing can come between us Nothing gets you down Nothing strikes your fancy Nothing turns you on You donít have to wait for more instructions No one makes a monkey out of me We lie on our backs, feet in the air Rest and relaxation, rocket to my brain Snap into position Bounce till you ache Step out of line And you end up in jail Doctor Doctor We have nothing in our pockets We continue But we have nothing left to offer Faces pressed against the window Hey! they are just my friends Check this out donít be so slick Break our backs it goes like this.

We are born without eyesight We are born without sin And our mama protects us From the cold and the rain Weíre in no hurry sugar and spice We sing in the darkness We open our eyes


I canít believe it And people are strange Our presidentís crazy Did you hear what he said Business and pleasure Lie right to your face Divide it in sections And then give it away There are no big secrets Donít believe what you read We have great big bodies We got great big heads Run-a-run-a-run it all together Check it out - still donít make no sense Makiní flippy floppy Tryin to do my best Lock the door We kill the beast Kill it!


"Swamp"


Now lemme tell you a story The devil he has a plan A bag oí bones in his pocket Got anything you want No dust and no rocks The whole thing is over All these beauties in solid motion All those beauties, they're gonna swallow you up Let's go!

Hi - Hi hi hi hi hi, Hi - Hi hi hi hi hi, One time too many Too far to go Hi we're gonna take you home And when they split those atoms Itís hotter than the sun Blood is a special substance They gonna pray for that man So wake up young lovers The whole thing is over Watch out touch monkeys All that blood, they gonna swallow you whole Hi - Hi hi hi hi hi, Hi - Hi hi hi hi hi, So soft, hard feelings No tricks lets go Hi we come to take you home

How many people do you think I am? Pretending I'm somebody else You can pretend Iím and old millionaire, a millionaire washing his hands Rattle of bones, dreams that stick out, a medical chart on the wall Soft violence and hands touch your throat, evíryone wants to explode And when your hands get dirty, nobody knows you at all Donít have a window to slip out of, lights on, nobody home Click click - see ya later Beta beta - no time to rest Peeka peeka risky business All that blood, they were covered in mess. Letís go


"What a Day That Was"

Well, Iím dressed up so nice, aní Iím doiní my best Aní Iím startiní over; Iím startiní over in another place Lemme tell you a story, big chief with a golden crown Heís got rings on his fingers, and then he walks up, up to the throne Heís makiní shapes with his hands, aní donít choo dare sit back Now donít choo dare sit down, and donít choo dare speak up!

Oh and on the first day, we had everything we could stand Ooh who couldíve asked for more? And on the second day, we had nothing else left to do Ooh what a day that was, mmm wah!

Well there are 50,000 beggars roaming in the streets And they have lost all their possessions; they have nothing left to eat Down come a bolt of lightning, start an electrical storm Starts a chain reaction, go pull a fire alarm I said that Iím dreaming of a city, it was my own invention I put the wheels in motion, a time for big decisions, ho ho And on the first day, we had everything we could stand Ooh and then we let it fall And on the second day, there was nothing else left at all Ooh what a day that was, oh, ho Oh a day that was Oh ho, and thatís the way it goes Thereís a million ways - to get things done Thereís a million ways - to make things work out.


Well Iím going right through and the light came down And theyíre roundiní íem up from all over town, ha ha Theyíre moviní forward & backwards, they're moviní backwards & front And theyíre enjoying themselves, moving in evíry direction And if you feel like youíre in a whirlpool, you feel like going home You feel like talking to someone Who knows the differences between right and wrong, oh And on the first day, we had everything we could stand Ooh and then we let it fall And on the second day, there was nothing else left at all Ooh what a day that was, oh, oh


Weíre going boom boom boom, and thatís the way we live And in a great big room, and thatís the way we live

"This Must Be the Place "


Home is where I want to be Pick me up and turn me round I feel numb born with a weak heart I guess I must be having fun The less we say about it the better Make it up as we go along Feet on the ground head in the sky Itís ok I know nothingís wrong nothing Hi yo I got plenty of time Hi yo you got light in your eyes And youíre standing here beside me I love the passing of time Never for money Always for love Cover up and say goodnight say goodnight


Home - is where I want to be But I guess Iím already there I come home - she lifted up her wings Guess that this must be the place I canít tell one from another Did I find you, or you find me? There was a time Before we were born If someone asks, this is where IíII be where IíII be Hi yo We drift in and out Hi yo sing into my mouth Out of all those kinds of people You got a face with a view Iím just an animal looking for a home Share the same space for a minute or two And you love me till my heart stops Love me till Iím dead Eyes that light up, eyes look through you Cover up the blank spots Hit me on the head Ah, ooh


"Once in a Lifetime"

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 moneyís 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 moneyís 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 Remove the water, carry the water Remove the water from 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, after the moneyís gone Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground.

Into the blue again, into the silent water Under the rock and stones, there is water underground.

Letting the days go by, into the silent water 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 lead to?

And you may ask yourself, am I right? Am I wrong? And you may say to 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 rock and stones, there is water underground.

Letting the days go by, into the silent water 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.

Time isnít holding us, time isnít after us Time isnít holding us, time doesnít hold you back Time isnít holding us, time isnít after us Time isnít holding us, my God! Good God!

Letting the days go by Letting the days go by Letting the days go by.

Once in a lifetime Letting the days go by Letting the days go by Letting the days go by Once in a lifetime.

"Genius of Love"

Coming at you right now ladies and gentlemen, The Tom Tom Club, so check it out!


What you gonna do when you get out of jail? I'm gonna have some fun What do you consider fun? Fun, nasty fun

The girls can do it to you!

I'm in heaven With my boyfriend, my laughing boyfriend There's no beginning and there is no end Time isn't present in that dimension HeíII take my arm When weíre walkiní, rolling and rocking Itís one time Iím glad Iím not a man Feels like Iím dreaming, but Iím not sleeping

All that weekend Boyfriend was missing I surely miss him I think heíd hold me in his warm arms We went insane when we took cocaine.


Stepping out! Stepping in a rhythm to a Kurtis Blow Who needs to think when your feet just go With a hiditihi and a hipitiho Who needs to think when your feet just go Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon James Brown, James Brown James Brown, James Brown

If you see him Please remind him, unhappy boyfriend Well he's the genius of love Heís got a greater depth of feeling Well heís the genius of love Heís so deep.


"Girlfriend is Better"


I Who took the money? Who took the money away? And I- I-I-I, itís always Showtime here at the edge of the stage

& I, I, I, wake up and wonder, what was the place, what was the name? We wanna wait, but here we go again.

I takes over slowly, but doesnít last very long And I- I-I-I, no need to worry, evríythingís under control O.U.T. But no hard feelings, what do you know? Take you away Weíre being taken for a ride again I got a girlfriend thatís better than that, she has the smoke in her eyes Sheís moviní up, goiní right thru my house, sheís gonna give me surprise Better than this, know that itís right, I think you can if you like I got a girlfriend with bows in her hair & nothiní is better than that, is it?

Down, down in the basement, we hear the sound of machines And I-I-I-Iím driving in circles, come to my senses sometimes Why, why, why, why start it over? Nothing was lost, everythingís free I donít care how impossible it seems Somebody calls you but you cannot hear, get closer to be far away Only one look and thatís all that it takes, maybe thatís all that we need All that it takes, all that it takes, all that it takes, all that it takes I got a girlfriend thatís better than that She goes wherever she likes


I got a girlfriend thatís better than that Now everybodyís getting involved As we get older and stop making sense, You wonít find her waiting long Stop making sense, stop making sense Stop making sense, making sense, I got a girlfriend thatís better than that And nothing is better that this


"Take Me to the River"

Take me to the river, drop me in the water Take me to the river, drop me in the water, water I donít know why I love her like I do All the troubles you put me through Take my money, my cigarettes; I havenít seen the worst of it yet I wanna know, can you tell me? I love to stay Take me to the river, drop me in the water Take me to the river, drop me in the water, water

I donít know why you treat me so bad Think of all the things we could have had Love is an ocean I canít forget My sweet sixteen I would never regret I wanna know can you tell me? I love to stay Oh oh oh, take me to the river Drop me in the water Dip in to the river Push me in the water Hold me, squeeze me, love me, tease me Till I canít, till I canít, I canít take no more of it Take me to the river Drop me in the water Dip in to the river Push me in the water

Good job, Jerry! Good job, Jerry! Sr. Jones! 12:30! Are you ready to rock! Címon! Letís go!

I donít know why I love you like I do All the changes that you put me through Sixteen candles there on my wall And here am I the biggest fool of them all I wanna know, can you tell me? I love to stay

I wanna take me to the river Drop me in the water Dip me in the river Drop me in the water Uau!


I'd like to introduce the band by name Bernie Worrell

Jerry Harrison Ednah Holt

Lynn Mabry Chris Frantz

Steve Scales

Alex Weir

Tina Weymouth

(...and David Byrne


"Crosseyed and Painless"


Lost my shape Tryiní to act casual! Canít stop I might end up in the hospital Changiní my shape I feel like an accident Theyíre back! To explain their experience Isnít it weird Sounds too obscure to me Wasting away That was their policy I'm ready to leave I push the fact in front of me Facts lost, facts are never what they seem to be Nothing there, no information left of any kind I'm lifting my head, looking for danger signs There was a line There was a formula Sharp as a knife Facts cut a hole in us


Iím still waiting I I..Iím still waiting The feeling returns Whenever we close out eyes Lifting my head looking around inside The island of doubt Itís like the taste of medicine Working by hindsight Got the message from the oxygen Ooh Iím making a list Find the cost of opportunity Doing it right, right Facts are useful in emergencies The feeling returns Whenever we close out eyes Lifting my head Looking around inside.

Facts are simple and facts are straight Facts are lazy and facts are late Facts all come with points of view Facts donít do what I want them to Facts just twist the truth around Facts are living turned inside out Facts are getting the best of them

Iím still waiting I I..Iím still waiting