"The Facts Of Life" as written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison and Waliou Badarou....
Monkey see and monkey do
Ma king babies, eating food
Smelly things, pubic hair
Words of love, in the air
Sparks fly, shoo ting out
Ma king sure that everything is working
I can't turn you down
We are programmed happy little children
Matter over mind
We can not resist so I won't fight it
Love is a machine
Love is a machine without a driver
The facts of life
The facts of life
A masterpiece
Smokey water
Air conditioned
Boys 'n' girls
And automation
Designer jeans
And human beings
Machines of love
Machines of love
Strong in body, strong in mind
A love machine with the facts of life
The facts of life
The facts of life
So much sex 'n' violence
Must be a bad design
We're stupid to be fighting
Every night
The monsters we create
They welcome us aboard
The best in advertising
From coast to coast
The girls and boys combine
Like monkeys in the zoo
The clouds have silver linings
Looks pretty good
People fall in love like in fairy tales
I'm not sure I like, what they can do
I'm afraid that God has no master plan
He only takes -- what he can use
Factory life, ice cream and pie
Factory life
Someday we'll live on Venus
And men will walk on Mars
But we will still be monkeys
Down deep inside
If chimpanzees are smart
Then we will close our eyes
And let our instincts guide us
Oh oh oh oh no

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"The Facts of Life" as written by David Byrne Chris Frantz

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  • +3
    My InterpretationThis song is about how society has conceptually elevated itself above nature; yet, our animalistic tendencies are present in everything we do. This contradiction is our undoing and is the cause of our modern suffering.

    For example, human-kind has devised the abstract idea of love, fear, gods, souls, and currency. These abstract ideas have led to human devaluing systems like capitalism. Machines of love: humans are apparently special/precious, yet we subject others to terrible situations for individual gain. Even Christianity involves a god as a boss who has a business to run, so people better perform well when evaluations comes around.

    It's a common David Byrne theme to point out that humans are really stupid and so we better not fool ourselves (and each other) thinking we are special.
    puzzudon April 02, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOne of my favorite Talking Heads songs. Seems to be a lament of the notion that "love" (and other human behavior) is nothing more transcendent than a simple and uncontrollable biochemical reaction which is probably no different than any other animals experience.

    Lyrics that always haunt me in this song, and which I have no great explanation for, are "I'm afraid that God has no master plan. He only takes ... what he can use".
    sweetmonkeyluvon March 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere is the line about taking the good with the bad? Something about taking them both and then there you have the facts of life? I think these lyrics are wrong.
    alexmceon May 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGenetic programming. natural selection. existentialism meeting biological determinism. Not sure whether to let our instincts guide us or not, but he's saying we don't have much choice . .. there they are, and they don't necessarily mean anything.
    nathan1149on December 04, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI can't BELIEVE nobody has commented on this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, so musically it's nothin' special, but the lyrics are the best! Humans aren't that different from animals, most biologists agree. We make babies and eat food (and shop at malls, unfortunately).
    humancorporationon May 02, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWhoa...another comment the same night!!!! Do I attract the smarties, or what!?!
    humancorporationon May 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhoa...another comment the same night!!!! Do I attract the smarties, or what!?!
    humancorporationon May 02, 2007   Link

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