"Girlfriend Is Better (Stop Making Sense version)" as written by and David/weymouth Byrne....
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?)

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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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