"Tentative Decisions" as written by and David Byrne....
Now that I can
Release my tensions
Let me make clear
My best intentions
Girls ask and I
Define decision
Boys ask and I
Describe their function

Oh the boys
Want to talk
Like to to talk about those problems
And the girls
Say they're concerned
And they are
Concerned with these decisions

And it's all
Hard Logic
To follow and the
Girls get lost
And the boys
Say they're concerned
But they are
Concerned with these decisions

I want to talk
I want to talk as much as I want
I'm gonna give
I'm gonna give the problem to you
I want to talk
I want to talk as much as I want
I'm gonna give
I'm gonna give the problem to you

Decide, decide
Make up your mind
Decide, decide
I told you what to say
Confuse, confuse
Describe what I found
Confuse, confuse
I told you what to say

Oh the girls
Still want to talk
Want to talk about those problems
And the boys
Say they're concerned
But they are concerned with these decisions

And it's all
Hard Logic
I know
And the girls get lost
And the boys
Say they're concerned
And they are concerned with these decisions

I want to talk
I want to talk as much as I want
I'm gonna give
I'm gonna give the problem to you
I want to talk
I want to talk as much as I want
I'm gonna give
I'm gonna give the problem to you

Decide, decide
Make up your mind
Decide, decide
I told you what to say
Confuse, confuse
Describe what I found
Confuse, confuse
I told you what to say


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"Tentative Decisions" as written by David Byrne

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  • +1
    General CommentI love that kick the bass gives at the end of each verse...
    As for the song, I don't get the meaning at first glance? What may be the decisions he's talking about? Sex?
    As for Psycho Killer's companion on the best-of of 77', I'd rather prefer No Compassion, but it's anyone's choice.
    Santiagofon December 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe "I" in the song is anthropomorphized "sex"

    "Girls ask and I
    Define decision
    Boys ask and I
    Describe their function"

    Girls become defined by their decision to have or not have sex. For example, they're either defined as sluts or they're prudes depending on their decision.
    ...While boys, however, are expected to have sex..it's pretty much their function.

    "Oh the boys
    Want to talk
    Like to to talk about those problems
    And the girls
    Say they're concerned
    That they are
    Concerned with decisiveness"

    If guys are expected to have sex, girls worry that they guys will judge them based on their decision. "Are they going to think I'm a prude if I decide not to, or are they going to think i'm a slut if I decide to do it?"

    "And it's a
    Hard Logic
    I know"

    Basically this whole system, where society pressures boys to have sex and defines girls by their decisions to go or not to go along with it, doesn't make a lot of sense. It's hard logic to follow and just confuses guys and girls.

    "I want to talk
    I want to talk as much as I want
    I'm gonna give
    I'm gonna give the problem to you"

    All this pressure to have sex, as a result of everything in society that talks about it, sets up problems for both boys and girls.

    "Decide, decide
    Make up your mind
    Decide, decide
    I told you what to say
    Confuse, confuse
    Describe what I found
    Confuse, confuse
    I told you what to say"

    This is where that anthropomorphized "sex" is whispering in the boys' and girls' ears, telling them to decide and make up their mind, but it's actually confusing them further.

    Song makes more sense when you get the lyrics right.
    Absolutely love it; Talking Heads are genius.
    StarLordon January 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Melody. With Psychokiller the best song on the Talking Heads debutalbum.
    Pitfaceon August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis seems like a song about communication between the opposite sexes, and how men and women practically speak two different languages sometimes.
    Demetrius7on October 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chorus ("I want to talk as much as I want, I'm gonna give the problem to you") seems to bring about a sort of release. I have no idea what this song is about though... communication problems, I guess, how the two sexes speak to each other. Makes it sound so complicated...
    EnduringChillon March 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"And they are
    Concerned with these decisions"

    Should be:

    "And they are
    Concerned with decisiveness"

    All the way across the song. Also, I hear, "And it's a hard logic, I know", not "it's all". I've checked numerous other sites, and it's all just these lyrics copy/pasted. Can't believe no one has corrected this before.
    BeckonJMon September 01, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General CommentI love that kick the bass gives at the end of each verse...
    As for the song, I don't get the meaning at first glance What may be the decisions he's talking about? Sex?
    As for Psycho Killer's companion on the best-of of 77', I'd rather prefer No Compassion, but it's anyone's choice.
    Santiagofon December 24, 2007   Link

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