"Found a Job" as written by and David Byrne....
"Damn that television what a bad picture"!
"Don't get upset, it's not a major disaster".
"There's nothing on tonight", he said, "I don't know what's the matter"!
"Nothing's ever on", she said, "so I don't know why you bother."

We've heard this little scene, we've heard it many times.
People fighting over little things and wasting precious time.
They might be better off I think the way it seems to me.
Making up their own shows, which might be better than T.V.

Judy's in the bedroom, inventing situations.
Bob is on the street today, scouting up locations.
They've enlisted all their family.
They've enlisted all their friends.
It helped saved their relationship,
And made it work again

Their show gets real high ratings, they think they have a hit.
There might even be a spin off, but they're not sure 'bout that.
If they ever watch T.V. again, it'd be too soon for them.
Bob never yells about the picture now, he's having too much fun.

Judy's in the bedroom, inventing situations.
Bob is on the street today, scouting up locations.
They've enlisted all their family.
They've enlisted all their friends.
It helped saved their relationship,
And made it work again

So think about this little scene; apply it to your life.
If your work isn't what you love, then something isn't right.
Just look at Bob and Judy; they're happy as can be,
Inventing situations, putting them on T.V.

Judy's in the bedroom, inventing situations.
Bob is on the street today, he's having a vacation.
They've enlisted all their family.
They've enlisted all their friends.
It helped saved their relationship,
And made it work again

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"Found a Job" as written by David Byrne

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    General CommentI like what I am reading from you people. I think your all very close to the message. Consider the simplicity of the main message . . . If your work isn't what you like, then something is just not right.
    Its a message we should consistently share with our kids, and their kids. How you reach that realization, is half the fun. Those that never understand what they love, are the sad souls warming us at night.

    Also consider that David Byrne's own realization may have been what ended this great bands manifest.
    bufomarinason February 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song, but it's really hard to figure out what it means.

    The television and business of inventing situations with the help of their family may just be a metaphor for not taking your life so seriously, learning not to sweat the small stuff, and realizing that in reality it's all a big show, so you might as well enjoy it a little.
    cosmic bullfighton October 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis must be where they got the idea for the Real World.


    Basically, no TV show could be as exciting as real life, and the characters on TV could never compare to the characters we interact with every day.
    amkessleron December 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems pretty straighforward with its meaning.
    its the story of a couple who argued and criticized the norm so much that it threatened their relationship.
    but their hate of commercial television united them to find ways to entertain themselves, and it grew into a stable economic profit.
    and now they live happily together, doing what they love for the people they love.
    saladboyon December 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs one who's lived both with and without TV, it's a good message.
    WeeKnighTon September 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's straightforward - it's about 2 people who were passively absorbing life, letting events wash over them and feeling bored, until they decided to create their own destiny.

    Or did they?
    The lyric says, "They might be better off..." so maybe the narrator is just supposing what could happen if they would just realize that they have the power to make things different.
    gozaron May 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat in sam hell is there no comments for this song yet!
    just another brilliant song by this legendary band not much to say besides that.
    floydian18on June 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be any job they discovered and liked. The fact it's in the entertainment industry: that's incidental.

    The importance of work is a theme which can be found throughout the More Songs about Buildings and Food LP. Although "The Good Thing" is partly based on adapting (for pop-music lyrics) English translations of Maoist slogans, its ascetic ideals also reflect David Byrne's concerns:

    I have adopted this and made it my own
    Cut out the weakness; reinforce what is strong
    Watch me work

    In "With Our Love" David might be expressing concern that friendships and "love" distract him from the importance of work. (At the time, he regarded love as a misleading concept.) However I wonder whether he might be suggesting a broadening of categories in which friendship, love and work can be construed differently:

    I look out the window and I
    I call that education, and
    I see all my friends standing out there, and I
    I call that education (sophistication)

    He seemed to be obsessed with eccentric ideas, systems of thought etc. The LP's title suggests it's conceptual at a basic level, concerned with finding greater meaning in mundane aspects of life.

    (I'm wandering far afield, but it's difficult to understand these songs in isolation. They're interrelated.)

    Ultimately, David fell in love and, well, kinda rejoined the world: dropping some of his most-eccentric ideas. Refer to "Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place)" and "Girlsfriend is Better". Still an oddball, but less so...particularly in comparison with the extreme quirks of his past.
    foreverdroneon January 26, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song actually reminds me of lucille ball and desi arnaz. for those of you unfamiliar, they actually created the "i love lucy" show to save their marriage. not saying this is what its about, but its always what i think of ;]
    senoritanachoon April 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's darker than a simple reading of the lyrics on a page implies. In the context of hearing the lyrics in the song, the lyrics come across as rather spooky and even a little creepy to me. Listen to the change at "Judy's in the bedroom...", for example.

    I like one comment about referencing the I Love Lucy show. As "ironic" art school kids, the Heads indeed could have been making a pop culture reference.

    More broadly, it feels like, yes, the characters in the lyrics are tired of the norm and the mainstream, as represented by their dissatisfaction with "what's on TV." But then their subsequent pursuit of something outside of the norm is made to sound a little perverse, e.g., in the bedroom inventing situations and out on the streets scouting locations--juxtaposing those lines does suggest to me the making of porn or worse.

    The use of the word "enlisted" is an interesting choice and fits with the somewhat military march-like sound in that section, as if to suggest that the enlisting is somewhat against the wishes of their family and friends.

    Like the best Heads songs, it's ambivalent and open to different readings. This is the sense I get when I hear the song, but I see that a lot of Heads songs affect people differently, and what the Heads do best is remind us that art is as much about the audience as it is about the artist.
    gmkuon April 27, 2016   Link

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