"Road To Nowhere" as written by and David Byrne....
Well we know where we're goin'
But we don't know where we've been
And we know what we're knowin'
But we can't say what we've seen
And we're not little children
And we know what we want
And the future is certain
Give us time to work it out

[Chorus:]
We're on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Takin' that ride to nowhere
We'll take that ride

I'm feelin' okay this mornin'
And you know,
We're on the road to paradise
Here we go, here we go

[Chorus]

Maybe you wonder where you are
I don't care
Here is where time is on our side
Take you there...take you there

We're on a road to nowhere
We're on a road to nowhere
We're on a road to nowhere

There's a city in my mind
Come along and take that ride
And it's all right, baby, it's all right

And it's very far away
But it's growing day by day
And it's all right, baby, it's all right

They can tell you what to do
But they'll make a fool of you
And it's all right, baby, it's all right

We're on a road to nowhere


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"Road to Nowhere" as written by David Byrne

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  • +5
    General CommentTop Notch Song! What I love about it is its galloping drumbeat, as if the narrator is on horseback to his destination. But according to the lyrics, the destination is nowhere! How typically Bryne! Great Song! I also love the haunting female vox in the build up to the end.
    bkat004on June 06, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI remember reading David Byrne commenting that this song was Talking Heads' anthem to celebrate the futility of our existence, i.e. we're born, we live, we die. Instead of postulating what lies beyond ('Nowhere') we should merely enjoy the ride along the way. Life is about the journey, not the destination.
    burybobzon October 05, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI have nominated this song as the company that i work fors theme song: 'we're on the road to nowhere...'
    haha, love it.
    teitzoon June 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI get the impression that he doesn't mean oblivion in this song. I think he's talking about how homogenized cities have become in the past couple of decades; it's gotten to the point where towns are no longer distinct from each other, don't have anything that gives them a sense of place. It's a bit like "True Stories," looking at the world and seeing that it's all the same and the feeling of freedom he gets from never having to be anyhwere, ever. He's always "nowhere" or on his way there.

    That's just one interpretation, mind.
    owennnnnnnnnnon July 18, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love this song. we know where we're going. death is the only certainty in life. where on the road to nowhere <3
    Italion November 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song builds up towards a big climax in the end. And I think that is also what this song is about, a big climax in the end...
    eokramon April 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard an interview with the band when Little Creatures was being released. David Byrne was surprised the Road to Nowhere was proving so popular, and would thus become a single, as it was downbeat and about the road to oblivion.
    robman_84on November 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. even though its about the road to oblivion, it makes me happy. Good sound to the song.
    everybodylovesbasson January 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI do believe this song is about oblivion and the road of life we're on until we die.

    I wouldn't say it's all negative, though. Death is apart of life, and the best we can do is accept it. Oblivion is there, but "it's all right, baby, it's all right". We can appreciate what we have along the way...when "time is on our side".
    speakingintongueson August 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this is a song of beginnings. So it can be felt deeply by anyone who has reached a point in their lives where they question "What now?" and of course, the initial feeling is a sense of no direction. There is a sense of freedom here and/or recklessness. Perhaps both. As I reread the lyrics, I can't help getting the notion that for the main person in the song, the most important thing is the journey forward, whether it be to the "city in his mind" or not because even if we "wonder where 'we' are" he "doesn't care." Anyways, the beat and everything else makes this song hard to feel depressed even though it is on the road to nowhere!

    Peace
    daedoloson May 24, 2008   Link

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