"Making Flippy Floppy" as written by and David/weymouth Byrne....
Nothing can come between us
Nothing gets you down
Nothing strikes your fancy
Nothing turns you on
Somebody is waiting in the hallway
Somebody is falling down the stairs
Set someone free, break someone's heart
Stand up help us out

Ev'rything is divided
Nothing is complete
Ev'rything looks impressive
Do not be deceived
You don't have to wait for more instructions
No one makes a monkey out of me
We lie on our backs, feet in the air
Rest and relaxation, rocket to my brain

Snap into position
Bounce till you ache
Step out of line
And you end up in jail
Bring me a doctor
I have a hole in my head
But they are just people
And I'm not afraid
Doctor Doctor
We have nothing in our pockets
We continue
But we have nothing left to offer
Faces pressed against the window
Hey! they are just my friends
Check this out don't be slick
Break our backs it goes like this . . .

We are born without eyesight
We are born without sin
And our mama protects us
From the cold and the rain
We're in no hurry
sugar and spice
We sing in the darkness
We open our eyes (open up)

I can't believe it
And people are strange
Our president's crazy
Did you hear what he said
Business and pleasure
Lie right to your face
Divide it in sections
And then give it away

There are no big secrets
Don't believe what you read
We have great big bodies
We got great big heads
Run-a-run-a-run it all together
Check it out - still don't make no sense
Makin' flippy floppy
Tryin to do my best
Lock the door
We kill the beast
Kill it!


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"Making Flippy Floppy" as written by Christopher Frantz Chris Frantz

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    General CommentThis song is about a child, an adolescent losing their innocence and coming to grips with adult life generally and, more specifically, with biological, instinct-driven sex drive.

    Making Flippy Floppy means the physical act of sexual intercourse. "Snap into position, Bounce 'til you ache." Blocking out the horror of trying to acclimate to adult human living by requiting/indulging in a basic instinctual/animal urge: "Making flippy floppy, Trying to do my best, Lock the door, We kill the beast, kill it!" Followed by humping music...
    Robisanon August 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs the meaning of this one different from the other one???
    Coffeewolf77on July 12, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Somebody is waiting in the hallway
    Somebody is falling down the stairs
    Set someone free, break someone's heart
    Stand up, help us out

    Everything is divided
    Nothing is complete
    Everything looks impressive
    Do not be deceived"

    From what version did these lyrics come? I'm listening to this song off of "Speaking in Tongues" and those two stanzas are not included.
    justinarmson June 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI like the comment below, but I think the song is about both sex and politics. "Nothing can come between us, nothing gets you down" is about the relationship that's going well between the narrator and his lover. However, it's immediately contradicted by the lines "Nothing strikes your fancy, nothing turns you on-" nothing he does can satisfy her. "You don't have t wait for more instructions-" if she knows what she likes, show him what to do for her instead of waiting on what he wants. "No one makes a monkey out of me." I think this is an expression, but I'm not sure if I've ever heard it used anywhere else. I think it's saying, don't embarrass me. "We lie on our backs, feet in the air," could be them lying down in preparation for sex. Then "rest and relaxation, rocket to my brain-" they're relaxed and ready to go. Then comes the physical details. "Snap into position, bounce 'til you ache..." etc.

    I admit I don't know what the following lyrics mean, at least until they get to "We are born without eyesight..." The two lovers are thinking about the innocence of their childhood, which was entirely unlike their adult actions now. This goes on until "We're in no hurry..." They're figuring out their sexual identities together, "sing[ing] in the darkness."

    The next verse is quite clearly about politics, and I don't have much to say about it. Except that the line "business and pleasure" seems to hint as to what the song is about. The song returns to the lovers towards the end, "making flippy floppy," while the narrator is "trying to do [his] best" to please the lover and they "kill the beast," the animal drive for lust that they both have.
    EnduringChillon September 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI've always felt that

    "Rest and relaxation, rocket to my brain"

    is the perfect description of an orgasm.
    justinarmson February 12, 2014   Link

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