"Television Man" as written by and David Byrne....
I'm looking and I'm dreaming for the first time
I'm inside and I'm outside at the same time
And everything is real
Do I like the way I feel?

[Chorus:]
When the world crashes in into my living room
Television man made me what I am
People like to put the television down
But we are just good friends
(I'm a) television man

I knew a girl, she was a macho man
But it's alright, I wasn't fooled for long
This is the place for me
I'm the king, and you're the queen

[Chorus]

Take a walk in the beautiful garden
Everyone would like to say hello
It doesn't matter what you say
Come and take us away

The world crashes in, into my living room
The world crashes in, into my living room
The world crashes in, into my living room
The world crashes in, into my living room

And we are still good friends...(Television man)
I'm watching everything...(Television man)
Television man...(Television man)
I'm watching everything...(Television man)
Television man...and I'm gonna say
We are still good friends...and I'm trying to be
Watchin' everything...and I gotta say
We are still good friends...You know the way it is
Television man...I've got what you need
We are still good friends...I know the way you are
Television man...I know what you're tryin' to be
Watchin' everything...and I gotta say
That's how the story ends.


Lyrics submitted by orangeglacier

"Television Man" as written by David Byrne Chris Frantz

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    General CommentLove that nanananana part! Top Notch song!
    bkat004on June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite Talking Heads song. I guess it's just about some guy who really loves his television.
    orangeglacieron July 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttelevision gave him lots of ideas and stuff
    glikseron September 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think of someone who really watches TV so much because they feel detached from life. "I knew a girl... I wasn't fooled for long" But the outside world sometimes comes crashing into his living room.
    "Just good friends" - him defending what is thought of as an unhealthy relationship, and probably is? Over analysing? glikser makes sense too.
    gimpishon September 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is s song about a person's experience while watching television:

    "I'm inside and I'm outside at the same time"
    This refers to the immersive experience of watching a screen, of how we are able to effectively tune out the rest of the world, becoming attached purely to the content of the television.

    After watching the TV or a screen of some sort for any long periods of time, I find myself having to "readjust" to perceiving things in the real world.

    The line "When the world crashes in to my living room" can mean two things: one is when the real world interrupts the immersive experience described above, the other is to how the television connects people globally, hence how the whole world is able to be broadcast into his living room, literally.

    just my two cents.
    L0BSTERB0Xon August 17, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretation"television made me what I am" refers to how many people spend too much time watching television and their knowledge, their character, and their sense of self-identity have been shaped by all they see on television.
    mrh64on December 18, 2013   Link

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