“I wanted to write a song that presented a resigned, even joyful look at doom” – David Byrne
Mission accomplished, Byrne. This is the most triumphalist and cheery song about the futility of life that you could ever hope for. David Byrne really has a knack for sticking great pop melodies on things that ought to be mopey. Lots of songs about alienation and futility that you can dance to. We are, collectively, very much on the road to nowhere, but we might as well party it up while we’re at it. Life is meaningless, life is futile, life is both too short and too long. But as long as you can dance to those sentiments, you can live with them.