"Like Humans Do" as written by and David Byrne....
For millions of years, in millions of homes
A man loved a woman, a child it was born
It learned how to hurt and it learned how to cry
Like humans do

I'm breathing in
I'm breathing out
So slip inside this funking house
Dishes in the sink
The tv's in repair
Don't look at the floor
Don't go up the stairs

I'm achin'
I'm shakin'
I'm breakin'
Like humans do

I work and I sleep and I dance and I'm dead
I'm eatin, I'm laughin and I'm lovin myself
I never watch tv except when I'm stoned
Like humans do

I'm breathing in
I'm breathing out
So slip inside this funking house
Dishes in the sink
The tv's in repair
Don't look at the floor
Don't go up the stairs

I'm achin'
I'm shakin'
I'm breakin'
Like humans do

I'm breathing in
I'm breathing out
So slip inside this funking house
Wiggle while you work
Anybody can
The rain is pourin in on a woman and a man

I'm achin'
I'm shakin'
I'm breakin'
Like humans do
I'm breathing in
I'm breathing out


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"Like Humans Do" as written by David Byrne

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    General Commenti got it from windows XP too..and im pretty glad cuz its an awesome song...not only the music but of course the lyrics...its just painting a picture of us humans basically
    feckless_18on December 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i'm not sure if he says "wiggle while you work" or if he says "tv's in the pad" but that's what it sounds like, so whatever, lol
    Emanual200on June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI thought it said, "TV's in repair" which would make this song very similar to my growing up with a working mom. It was hard for her to keep up with the housework so there were dishes in the sink and the floor might not have been vacuumed and the rooms upstairs not cleaned and our TV broke many times. And I am almost positive that it's wiggle while you work.
    Maybe it's a song about a dysfunctional family...the radio edit (I guess it comes standard with all Windows Media Player XP's?) changed the lyric watching TV while stoned to "We're eating off plates and kiss with our tongues"...boy if that ain't dysfunctional....
    Imani110on September 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIncest in a family surely is.... I got this from the XP Windows Media Player, I think it's pretty good...
    dreamfaceon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah it is "TVs in repair"

    anyway... i was in school last year and had to do a power point presentation on the conservative and liberal ideas of family for a political science course and i was looking for audio files and this thing popped up. and its about some family so i decided to be an ass and get a laugh so i played this thing thorugh the entire presentation.

    i kinda like it. the teacher pissed her pants listening to it. especially the kissing with tounges part. haha. i dont know.
    ohpioneeron May 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me feel so good.. :)
    hoydenon October 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDavid Byrne really has a gift for coming up with meaningful lyrics and advocates humanism very well in a modern context.
    tuviaon November 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentya in the windows media file it says "radio edit" so i guess the toungue part might be different or something, instead the person who contributed this said "i never watch tv except when i'm stoned" i dunno
    farglenoosinzon January 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the strange things us humans do. "Strange?" You ask, "Whats so strange about humans"? Well, look at it this way... our ways are VERY different when compared to the rest of this planet. Completely strange when compared to all of the other animals... is our way really the earthly way? Hell no! The real earthly way is to hunt, chase, kill and eat some other animal, right there on the spot! Raw, not cooked! Off the ground, not on plates! Yet, we live a completely different lifestyle compared to the rest of this planet which may or may not be a good thing...

    Humans are a strange race indeed.
    the_masked_magicianon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Masked Magician is right on this one. I also got this free with Windows XP.
    eddyosaysyoon February 20, 2005   Link

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