"The Good Thing" as written by and David Byrne....
I will fight; will fight with my heart.
I will fight; will fight with understanding.
In my mind, the weather never changes
Skill overcomes, difficult situations.

A straight line exists between me and the good things.
I have found the line and its direction is known to me.
Absolute trust keeps me going in the right direction.
Any intrusion is met with a heart full of the good thing.

Try to compare what I am presenting.
You will meet with much frustration.
Try to find ... similar situation.
You will always find the same solution.

As the heart finds the good thing, the feeling is multiplied.
Add the will to the strength and it equals conviction.
As we economize, efficiency is multiplied,
To the extent I am determined the result is the good thing.
So I say:
I have adopted this and made it my own:
Cut back the weakness, reinforce what is strong.


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"The Good Thing" as written by David Byrne

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    General CommentYou can find an interview with david byrne in AVclub where he says:

    'Twenty-five years ago, Talking Heads stuff. Sometimes I would write songs based on an instruction I had given myself, like a point of view. There's a song on the second Talking Heads record [1978's More Songs About Buildings And Food] called "The Good Thing." It was an attempt by me... This was my instruction to myself: Write a song that sounds like a bad English translation of a Red Chinese anthem. That's what the song was meant to be. Sometimes I'd get those pamphlets, like Mao in art and literature, and they had this weird filtered language that I loved because it has this approach to English that wasn't quite Japanese mangling of product names or catchphrases, but something close to that. I found that very poetic and appropriate. You could write something in that style, in the style of bad translation. They don't do that so much anymore. '

    I guess that's what he meant..
    Ragnar86on January 31, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah this is definately an overly rational explanation for everyday life
    like good things can only be achieved if you follow pre-determined methods.
    i hope most people arent like this, and that there is no formula that would render life pre-decided and meaningless, where we could be replaced by robots with their superior algorithms. OMG its all coming true!

    anyways, this is missing the last line of the song (right?): 'Watch me work!'
    cerberusalphaon October 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me a lot of what many Philosophy of Science types say about science. I think that this song is an attempt to positively join the scientific method with everyday living, present it as something especially personal and vital.
    zacbraon February 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWait lads....this is an appreciation of oriental life principals. The tune has an oriental lilt to it and the lyrics convey the kinda chinese focus of mind....its how Davey Byrney expressed his thoughts on the chinese community.Right?
    krumbullon May 21, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningWait lads....this is an appreciation of oriental life principals. The tune has an oriental lilt to it and the lyrics convey the kinda chinese focus of mind....its how Davey Byrney expressed his thoughts on the chinese community.Right?
    krumbullon May 21, 2011   Link
  • -2
    My Interpretationfuggen cocaine ass song
    IncreasingMeteorniumon December 12, 2012   Link

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