"Lifetime Piling Up" as written by David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth....
I have tried marijuana
I get nervous every time
There will come a knockin' at the door
Why is everybody makin' eyes at me?
I don't want to know
Excuse and pardon me
Stay for a while
Maybe we'll never meet again

I can see my lifetime piling up
I can see the days turn into nights
I can see the people on the street
Open those windows up
A hundred floors below me
Pilin' those houses up
Pilin' them higher, higher, higher
I can feel them swayin' back and forth
Building it higher, higher
This tower's learning over

I got bad coordination
Stuck a pencil in my eye
I can hardly wait to get back home
Why is everybody gettin' paranoid?
I's only havin' fun
Scum-bags and superstars
Tell me your names
I'll make a bet, you're
Both the same

I can see my lifetime pilin' up
Reaching from my bedroom to the stars
I can see the house where I was born
When I was growin' up - they say that
I could never keep my trousers up
I remember days and crazy nights
Are there any pirates on this ship?
And if they sober up - they'll have us
Home by morning

Cry, cry, cry
It's just you and I
Like an automobile
With no one at the wheel
Spinning out of control
We're all over the road
In our sexy machine
All the passengers scream
Scream, scream!

I can see my lifetime pilin' up
I can see it smashin' into yours
It was not an accident at all
Open your window up - I hear you laughin'

Goin' one, two, three, four, five
Goin' from the bottom to the top
Maybe I'm holding on too tight
And now I'm growin' up
I got a funny feeling
Pilin' those houses up
Pilin' them higher, higher, higher
Building that highway to the stars
And turning the music up - Hey!
I got a winning number


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"Lifetime Piling Up" as written by David Byrne Chris Frantz

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song to me is about how you can careen wildly out of control, and if you relax and remember your destination, you find a winning number at the end. It's a song that says don't take yourself so seriously to me.
    xinniefulon April 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really don't know exactly what it's about other than memories and stuff, but here's my favorite line:

    "I can see my lifetime pilin' up
    I can see it smashin' into yours
    It was not an accident at all"
    Saynaon March 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell, when a song begins with the words 'i have tried marijuana'... so blantantly, not even using some new metaphor, you can be pretty sure that this is supposed to be about that miraculous drug and how it feels to be 'higher, higher' than everyone around you... as you look down on their silly conventional lives. Actually it reminds me of that other TK song, The Big Country, except with a very different feeling of being excited and fulfilled by being seperated from humanity, instead of disparagingly judging them.
    cerberusalphaon April 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is incredible. i love it. it makes me scream and dance and...cry... i'm not sure what it is supposed to be exactly but i get a hopeless vibe from it and ...this person is trying to be crazy and have fun but maybe it just isn't the same as it used to be? like..all of a sudden you're a grown up and it's just ...awkward. so even if you tried to party hard it wouldn't feel good anymore? and at the end it just seems like..that's the way it goes and there's not much else you can do about it. everything happens for a reason. like...i went to a crazy blowout party and got shit faced and instead of having fun and feeling "young" ...i felt stupid lol.
    RitaLMNOPon April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMemories....I can see my lifetime piling up
    battleofnyon January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTheir last single as far as I know and boy what a way for the greatest band ever to say goodbye!
    feyaertson October 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the anarchy, the beautiful insane anarchy, of life. I adore this song so much. You can't help but jump and dance around to it.
    kateemma22on December 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about becoming an adult, probably from the viewpoint of someone who really doesn't want to become one
    CuteSparkinaon November 22, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about becoming an adult, esp from the viewpoint of somebody who doesn't want to become one, and how adulthood rolls around even when you try to put it off.
    CuteSparkinaon November 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really feel like this song is about getting high and then crashing a car, where he can see his lifetime piling up, like either the bodies and cars of his friends or when you can see you're entire life flash before your eyes
    pianton August 14, 2016   Link

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