"Psycho Killer" as written by and David/frantz Byrne....
I can't seem to face up to the facts
I'm tense and nervous and I can't relax
I can't sleep 'cause my bed's on fire
Don't touch me I'm a real live wire

Psycho Killer
Qu'est-ce que c'est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run run run run run run run away oh oh
Psycho Killer
Qu'est-ce que c'est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, away oh oh oh
Yeah yeah yeah yeah!

You start a conversation you can't even finish it
You're talking a lot, but you're not saying anything
When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed
Say something once, why say it again?

Psycho Killer
Qu'est-ce que c'est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run run run run run run run away oh oh oh
Psycho Killer
Qu'est-ce que c'est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, away oh oh oh oh!
Yeah yeah yeah yeah!

Ce que j'ai fais, ce soir la
Ce qu'elle a dit, ce soir la
Realisant mon espoir
Je me lance, vers la gloire, OK
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
We are vain and we are blind
I hate people when they're not polite

Psycho Killer
Qu'est-ce que c'est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run run run run run run run away oh oh oh
Psycho Killer
Qu'est-ce que c'est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, away oh oh oh
Yeah yeah yeah yeah oh!


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"Psycho Killer" as written by Christopher Frantz Chris Frantz

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  • +12
    General CommentMeaning of french lyrics :
    Qu'est-ce que c'est => what is it

    Ce que j'ai fais, ce soir la => what i've done that night
    Ce qu'elle a dit, ce soir la => what she said that night
    Realisant mon espoir => realizing my hope
    Je me lance, vers la gloire ... => I'm going to glory
    alexboyon December 13, 2001   Link
  • +7
    General CommentWho cares about classifications and genres?
    Punk is one of the biggest abominations in music. Not the music itself, but the word "punk". Like l0ki86 said, "punk" refers to bands like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. But the Sex Pistols never called themselves punk, the press did. Then it became a style of music, and the rest is history.

    But, to me, punk is just doing what ever you want to, regardless of what other people think. When you TRY to act "punk", wearing chains and torn clothes and stuff just because that's what you think punk is supposed to be, then you are the farthest from true punk as possible. I think that someone wearing Hollister clothes because that's what they want to wear, without trying to fit in, is being more punk than someone spiking their hair because its trendy.

    Therefore, punk is in and of itself a contradiction. It is the label of an idea that is against labels. I don't think punk has to be a style of music, or a way to dress, or anything like that. True punk is just a state of mind, and nothing more.

    So, with that mentality, Talking Heads are punk. So is Radiohead. So is Elton John.

    But, seriously, WHO CARES???
    Crippled Pilgrimon March 02, 2005   Link
  • +7
    General CommentHere's a little trivia for you. Patrick Bateman, the main character in the film and novel American Psycho states in the book (not in the movie version) that The Talking Heads is his favorite band, no doubt an allusion to this song.
    DDAY44jon July 19, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIn the Stop Making Sense DVD, David Byrne said that the song is about a serial killer that finds himself very sophisticated but he just loses control once in awhile. "look at me, i can speak french. im intelligent." is what the serial killer is trying to say...errr..David Byrne is trying to project. but hell, let it mean whatever you want. thats music
    correnteon June 26, 2005   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI am going to us the Hannibal Lector example again (used in may comment for Handlebars by The Flobots) for this song. In the book, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal makes Agent Starling almost comfortable, like she can trust him. He acts like a gentleman, but we all know the horror that he is able to unleash. David Byrd is Pretty much conveying this message in Psycho Killer, as long as you look at this song in the exclusively literal sense.
    Hydra2on April 24, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm guessing that no one who's been here is bipolar. Out of all the famous people that i wonder about, i think that Byrne wins in the category of most likely to be bipolar. Symptoms of mania include talking a lot, not being able to sleep, exessive joke making, sometimes being euphoric and sad at the same time, talking to one's self, jumping from subject to subject-- sometimes in the middle of a sentence, enhanced creativity, a stronger likelyhood of being an artist, etc. Other Talking Heads lyrics include, "Can't stop/ I might end up in the hospital.", and "There's a party in my mind/ And the party never stops... everyone else can sleep, etc." In the movie Stop Making Sense David asks himself, "Ever been to a psychiatrist or taken drugs?" He responds, "I'll tell you later." I think that part of the meaning of the song, in typical eliptical style, is the ridcule of peoples' preconceptions of what "pychos" are like. Bipolar people when manic have an average murder rate.
    alfonsooon November 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't know if Bret Easton Ellis has ever confirmed this, but Psycho Killer has to be the inspiration for American Psycho. This song song is like a portrait of Patrick Bateman.
    LoserNo1on January 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis must be David Byrne's attempt to explain psychosis. especially in the way the narrator can switch from english to conversational French. altho, he may be bilingual, i believe it is more an indication of a personal duality, or even the voices in his head.
    roger wilcoon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTalking heads is generally classified as post-punk...
    Big difference.
    tackledspoonon September 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about a generic serial killer. He's trying to impress you with the French. That's what Byrne said.

    Also, Talking Heads technically New Wave, though I don't really feel they fit into the genre.
    GTKarberon December 22, 2004   Link

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