"Once In A Lifetime" as written by and David/frantz Byrne....
And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?
Well, how did I get here?

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money's gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

And you may ask yourself
How do I work this?
And you may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile?
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful house
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife
Not my beautiful wife

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money's gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

The same as it ever was
The same as it ever was
The same as it ever was

And you may ask yourself
What is that beautiful house?
And you may ask yourself
Where does that highway go to?
And you may ask yourself
Am I right? Or am I wrong?
And you may say to yourself
My god, what have I done?
What have I done?

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money's gone
Once in a lifetime
Once in a lifetime
Once in a lifetime


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"Once in a Lifetime" as written by Christopher Frantz Brian Eno

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    General CommentBeautiful song. I woke up tonight with it stuck in my head. Reminds me of all my friends graduating college now and that I'm stuck there another 2 years and that I might not see any of them again. This song is a remake of an old Talking Heads song.

    Here's an explanation from The Exies themselves:

    popmatters.com/pm/blogs/mediacenter_post/8875/…
    speed114on May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Exies version definitely turns what (in my opinion) is a fluff song into something meaningful.

    It is hard to compare the two simply because the difference in musical style, so I think of them as 2 different songs that happen to have the same lyrics/
    creator1456on July 31, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti had to make an account just to say this.. you guys are f'ing smoking crack. this song sounds f'ing 1 million times better than the original.. that thing sounds like sh*t!!!!

    this is a great song and a great improvement on terrible music using the decent lyrics that were there.

    great meaning behind this song and im sure it really hits home for a lot of people.
    liveitup2323on May 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIf there's one generalization about hipters that stays true, is that Talking Heads are gods apparently. They're so goddamn overrated...
    Evilsjon March 03, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentdestruction of a classic
    i hate when shitty bands cover good songs....its really just disgusting
    cupojoe7on December 11, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commentdude! this song sucks! I like The Exies but how could they make such a bad cover?
    mooothecowsaidon September 14, 2008   Link

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