"Who" as written by and Anne Erin Clark David Byrne....
Who be my valentine
Who lift this heavy load
Who share this taxicab
Who wants to climb aboard

Who is an honest man?
Who is an honest man?

Who held a dying soldier?
Far from his own hometown
Carry these men and women
Who get lost when the Sun goes down

Who is an honest man?
Who is an honest man?

Who walks this dusty road
Who always proves her way
Who’s this?! Inside of me
Who made a big mistake

Who sees these constellations
Seen in those spinning round
Counting these men and women
Who get lost when the Sun goes down

Who is an honest man?
Who is an honest man?

With a graceful motion she sat down slowly
Drank a cup of coffee and she fold her laundry
She begins to tell us all her life story
All around the table, everybody’s staring

Who shouts out hallelujah
Who’s gonna sing out loud
Carry these men and women
Who get lost when the Sun goes down

Who’s getting out of here
Who thinks they’re hungry
Who’s gonna be my friend
All around the table, everybody’s staring


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"Who" as written by David Byrne Annie Clark

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    General CommentSo this seems to be about a man, who is in search for a lady companion. He needs someone to share the heaven's loads. According to himself, he is a bit of saviour, a bodhisattva, a Catcher in the Rye, but it's tough on him, so he's advertising himself. The lady also has high standards: she wants an honest man. Eventually, they get together, but he feels exposed (the staring). For he is not devoid of faults, and he is afraid he'll make them again. And in the end, he indeed seems to be making his way out.

    It's difficult to go just by the lyrics having seen the excellent video clip. In here, Clarke presents Byrne with a test of character, by laying in front of his car. He passes the test, shows his looks and his moves, and after a stylistic roadside mating ritual, they get together. But we can see his self-doubt, and eventually she finds out he's kept something hidden from her - his love for the bottle. Then she walks away, as he hasn't been entirely honest.

    There seems to be a bit of circularity in the clip, as if one wants to say: if you look for perfection, you'll always be dancing by the side of the road.
    MarcoBergmanon February 13, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a great song. I can't help but tap my feet and bop my head when I hear this song. David and Annie go so well together.
    CygnusVismundon October 22, 2012   Link

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