Ha! Who took the money?
Who took the money away?
Ha ha ha ha it's always showtime
Here at the edge of the stage
And I, I, I, wake up and wonder
What was the place, what was the name?
We wanna wait, but here we go again

Ha! Takes over slowly
But doesn't last very long
Ha ha ha ha no need to worry
Everything's under control
O U T! But no hard feelings
What do you know? Take you away
We're being taken for a ride again

I got a girlfriend that's better than that
She has the smoke in her eyes
She's coming up, going right through my heart
She's gonna give me surprise
I think it's right, better than this
I think you can if you like
I got a girlfriend with bows in her hair
And nothing is better than that (is it?)

Oh! Down in the basement
We hear the sound of machines
Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha! Driving in circles
Come to my senses sometimes
Why, why, why, why start it over?
Nothing was lost, everything's free
I don't care how impossible it seems

Somebody calls you but you cannot hear
Get closer to be far away
Only one look and that's all that it takes
Maybe that's all that we need
All that it takes, I'll bet it's right
All it takes, if it's right
I got a girlfriend that's better than that
And she goes wherever she likes (there she goes)

I got a girlfriend that's better than that
Now everyone's getting involved
She's moving up going right through my heart
We might not ever get caught
Going right through (try to stay cool)
Going through, staying cool
I got a girlfriend she's better than that
And nothing is better than you

I got a girlfriend that's better than this
But you don't remember at all
As we get older and stop making sense
You won't find her waiting long
Stop making sense, stop making sense
Stop making sense, making sense
I got a girlfriend shes's better than that
And nothing is better than this (is it?)

Lyrics submitted by monicatx, edited by GeoJoe1000

"Girlfriend Is Better" as written by Christopher Frantz Chris Frantz

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  • +6
    Song MeaningThis song is about the interpersonal struggle of a man during a night of dancing and sexual intercourse with a woman of which he is not dating. The "girlfriend" refers to the woman he is dating. He goes through a multitude of thought processes questioning whether his real relationship will exist post experience and trying to convince himself that "this" is a good idea. Kinda like a my mind is telling me no but my body is telling me yes thing. Cheat on your girlfriend at a concert and then listen to this song. It starts making sense, starts making sense... Trust me.
    Artistdecipheron October 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI want one of David Byrnes' Big Suits.
    Major Valoron October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the phrase "Stop Making Sense" ... It means that sometimes you gotta stop asking questions, stop wondering, because sometimes you've got to feel things, feel what they mean to you, and not what they mean in objective sense. A song, like everything in life, has to be felt and absorbed, not understood. If you think about it, for exemple sometimes you don't understand the meaning of some lyrics, but you love the song the same. In fact, love isn't rational. It's an emotional and feeling thing... That's why I'm so romantic.
    FoRevEr_SPooNeron November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song but I can't hear it without an image of David Byrne in his big suit appearing in my mind.
    Boss Manon July 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm a huge Talking Heads fan, and I love this song. For those trying to read depe meaning into this song, I read a quote from Mr. Byrne that said something to the effect of "I started out writing a song about money, and ended up writing a song about something else."
    butcherjujon July 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt reminds me of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

    but i think it was written before Fight Club, so obviously David Byrne can see into the future.
    locriaon February 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI also believe he was writing about life on the road, with girls. I want to try to dissect the lyrics line by line. Byrne is writing about various aspects of relationships with women, that many people experience. Granted some lines are more metaphorical and hard to translate than others but I hope you all will understand what I'm talking about.

    "Who took the money away?" - Referring to a woman or girlfriend who has either stolen their partner's cash, or what you ask yourself after a break-up, and wonder why you spent so much money on her

    "Always showtime, here at the edge of the stage" - describing the excitement and spontaneity of entering a new relationship

    "What was the place, what was the name" - meeting a new girl and can't remember where you met her or what her name was

    "We want to wait but here we go, again" - deciding when you should call her back but then just ending up calling her too soon, or wanting to withhold from sex because she is a "keeper" but you can't resist

    "Takes over slowly, but doesn't last very long" - Love takes a while to develop but then is over before you know it

    "No need to worry, everything's under control" - convincing yourself the relationship is still in good terms; Byrne was a very awkward man so it could mean trying to keep yourself together on a nervous date

    "o-u-t, but no hard feelings" - Getting dumped, but she wants to be friends and is sorry

    "What do you know, take you away, we're being taken for a ride again" - the "trip" a girlfriend can take you on

    Chorus "I got a girlfriend.....and nothing is better than that" - represents the care-free attitude that you have when you are in love in a relationship, for nothing seems to be a important/good as that

    "Down in the basement......come to my senses sometimes" - ?

    "Why start it over? Nothing is lost, Everythings Free" - At times in a turbulent relationship people wish they could just start over with a clean slate, but there is no use wanting that, because it cant happen

    "Somebody calls you and you cannot hear" - Having your head in the clouds when you are in a great relationship

    "Get closer to be far away" - Many ex-couples don't communicate with each other anymore, which is ironic since they were so close together, and now so far away

    "Only one look and that's all that it takes" - Love at first sight

    "Maybe that's all that we need" - "

    "She goes wherever she likes, there she goes" - referring to a girl's need to be independent even in a serious relationship, which can put the man in turmoil, but the fact that he has a girlfriend makes up for her wrong doings

    "Now everyone's gettin involved" - Everyone wants to know how you all are in the relationship and what you guys are doing, very realistic reference imo

    "going right through my heart, we might not ever get caught" - Referring to the mischief you can get into with her

    "and you don't remember at all" - you had a lot of fun in the relationship, but now that its over it seems so far away and cant remember the good times as well

    "As we get older and stop making sense, you won't find her waiting long" - Refers to how easily a girl can become bored in the relationship and leaving whenever she wants. She often doesn't have time to wait for her spouse

    The Stop making sense lyric can be interpreted any way you like. Stop making sense of what she is doing, because you may be wasting your time. Apparently Byrne said he started writing a song about money and started writing a song about something else. Well that is what the song is about. A girlfriend is better than money. She took the money away. He is writing random traits of women and relationships throughout the song that don't really follow any order (of a relationship), but then again when does any Talking Heads song have a concrete "order". This song is brilliant, and it is scary to me how much I can relate to this song. I hope you can too, let me know what you think of my interpretation
    LeoMessi427on December 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLOL @ bossman's comments. I know exactly what you mean!!
    NJJon July 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI went to the rock and roll hall of fame in cleveland..and there it was..the big white fucking suit! (and I have NO idea what this song means, hehe)
    hangwire13on February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLove this song, it's the best to dance to!
    missmeon August 27, 2006   Link

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