"Fewer Broken Pieces" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
If you make a reference
To some trouble that you know
Can it help you keep it under control
Or should I really reconsider?

My reasons for going solo
David Byrne on Bob Costas
Puts it pretty well
But I put it better

I still run the show
Don't you forget it
So I had to let some go
Don't think I don't regret it
Because I do and I don't
Think I'm better off alone

Man, I could have made a big sound
But I love to let me friends down

Fewer moving parts
Means fewer broken pieces
When every other start
Requires a brand new thesis

One good friend remarks
With a rightfully angry
Jesus dude, none of us know
What to do with you

To which I in pride responded
I've got news for you
None of you have to 'cause

I still run the show
Don't you forget it
So I had to let some go
Don't think I don't regret it
Because I do and I don't
Think I'm better off alone

Man, I could have made a big sound
But I love to let my good friends down




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"Fewer Broken Pieces" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General CommentBeautiful, chilling song.

    He is talking about his breakup with TW Walsh. Best linse:

    Jesus dude! None of us know what to do with you
    To which I in pride responded
    I've got news for you
    None of you have to 'cause
    I still run the show
    Don't you forget it

    You can definitely tell he has a tendency to "know it all." I got the feeling from what he said at his show april 17 that he may have been shutting out Walsh's say on the bands message.

    Just a really nice remorseful song.
    UnnecessaryOpinionon April 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcould be talking about going solo? maybe? eh?

    "Fewer moving parts means fewer broken pieces"

    eh? david going solo means less risks, problems?
    bwb909on July 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally? dude, that blows my mind.
    thewalrusamion July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentduring the Q&A at the June 22nd show in Philadelphia, Bazan said that the "David Byrne on Bob Costas" line refers to an interview about the breakup of the Talking Heads, but evidently, does not refer to any one specific thing Byrne said.
    MegaMan2oo6on July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentif you listen to borrow my vibe by tw walsh, you'll get the full story--from shark to ape.
    bazansbitchon November 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI see this song as an anthem for Bazan to start his solo career. The way he phrases "Because I do and I don't" kinda shows a bittersweet feeling towards going alone. I'm a big fan, strong feeling of independence with a hint of cockyness.
    fewerbrokenpieceson November 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, Bazan as I've seen him live, is very humble, in Philly, I watched him walk in and out of the backstage for beers and piss before the show, he was humble to the point of seeming shy. And he was self deprecating on his abilities as a guitarist. I think when he says "I still run the show, and don't you forget it" it's fairly tongue and cheek, but introspective as well (he's not a cocky person, but part of him thinks that way).
    irocktohardon December 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentClearly about his own solo career.

    Such a beautiful take on going solo. The pain of leaving behind a group of people who had such a vision, not understanding where that vision got lost or why you can't make art together anymore. This song had a lot of meaning to me when my last band broke up.
    McAuronon March 06, 2008   Link

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