"The Girls Want To Be With The Girls" as written by and David Byrne....
Girls don't want to play like that
Just want to talk to the boys
Just want to do what is in their hearts
And the girls want to be with the girls

And the boys say, "What do you mean?"
Yes, the boys say, "What do you mean?"
Well, there's just no love
When there's boys and girls
And the girls want to be with the girls
Yes, the girls want to be with the girls

Girls want things that make common sense
The best for all concerned
Don't want to have to go out of their way
And the girls want to be with the girls

And the boys say, "What do you mean?"
Yes, the boys say, "What do you mean?"
Well, there's just no love
When there's boys and girls
And the girls want to be with the girls
Yes, the girls want to be with the girls

Girls are getting into abstract analysis
Wouldn't like to make that intuitive leap
They're making plans that have far reaching effects
And the girls want to be with the girls

And the boys say, "What do you mean?"
Yes, the boys say, "What do you mean?"
Well, there's just no love
When there's boys and girls
And the girls want to be with the girls
Yes, the girls want to be with the girls


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"The Girls Want to Be With the Girls" as written by David Byrne

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is pretty funny actually. I get the impression he's saying that the girls actually care about meaningful relationships and the guys just wanna get laid.

    Killer song.
    cosmic bullfighton October 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI read in an interview in Trouser Press from around the time when Fear of Music was released that Tina considered this song to have been born out of a conversation she and David had. She said that she was surprised to hear the lyrics, as they basically came straight from something the two had been discussing.

    Lyrically, this song reminds me of the song Tentative Decisions. Communication problems between girls and guys, the difference between the two genders... Girls like hanging out with guys because guys can be different and scary (at first anyway). It seems to show just how guys don't fully grasp what girls are trying to say all the time. Their response to "abstract analysis" and "intuitive leap" is "What do you mean?"
    EnduringChillon March 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about Buildings or Food...
    Coffeewolf77on July 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe keyboard in this song is phenominal. Did Eno do it?
    nyshon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmm, nysh has a pretty good, simple explanation for these lyrics. I actually didn't think it had anything to do with love/sex/romantic relationships at all. Maybe it's just because I was thinking about the song in terms of what I see in my own life, but I thought the song was about how girls primarly tend to prefer other girls for friends. Sure, they'll talk to the boys and socialise with them as they must, but girls prefer their close friendships to be with other girls. Hence, the girls want to be with the girls.

    Well - I don't know, I'm kind of making an over-generalisation here, and I'm only really talking about what I see in my life. Most of the girls I know don't seem to be interested in befriending boys, unless it's with the intention to become "a little more than friends" (y' know?). I'm perfectly aware that it's not always that way, and that some girls prefer boys as companions (actually, I'm a 15-year old girl, and maybe it's just got something to do with the developmental stage I and my contemporaries are in, and that I'm rather atypical in most respects, but I kind of prefer boys to girls because I understand them better). But I mean, in general.

    I just realised that that all came out as an overly wordy way of saying "this song is about how girls prefer girls to boys for friends".
    Pippin the Mercuryon August 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song reminds me of lesbianism, but I'm pretty sure its not about that...
    Ccorkoon June 08, 2013   Link

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