"Stay Up Late" as written by and David Byrne....
Mommy had. A little baby.
There he is. Fast asleep.
He's just. A little plaything.
Why not. Wake him up?
Cute. Cute. Little baby.
Little pee pee. Little toes.
Now he's comin' to me.
Crawl across. The kitchen floor.

Baby, baby, please let me hold him
I want to make him stay up all night
Sister, sister, he's just a plaything
We want to make him stay up all night
Yeah we do

See him drink. From a bottle.
See him eat. From a plate.
Cute. Cute. As a button.
Don't you want to make him. Stay up late.
And we're having fun. With no money.
Little smile. On his face.
Don't cha' love. The little baby.
Don't you want to make him. Stay up late.

[Chorus:]

Here we go (all night long)
Sister, sister (all night long)
In the playpen...woo...(all night long)
Little baby goes, ha! (all night long)
I know you want to leave me...

Why don't. We pretend.
There you go. Little man.
Cute. Cute. Why not?
Late at night. Wake him up.

[Chorus]

Here we go (all night long)
Sister, sister...woo...
(with the television on)
Little baby goes...woo! (all night long)
Hey, hey, baby! (all night long)
And he looks so cute (all night long)
In his little red suit (all night long)


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"Stay Up Late" as written by David Byrne Chris Frantz

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  • +2
    General CommentSome of the lyrics are wrong. It should be:
    "Little pee-pee, Little toes"
    Not Little feet-feet. That don't make sense.
    jugheadchadon August 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song starts out sounding really happy and cheerful, with a couple just adoring their new baby and thinking how cute he is and how you just want to wake him up and play with him but then, in the middle of all this cheeriness, comes this incredibly anguished "i know you wanna leave me" which changes the whole meaning for me. so i think its really about two people whose relationship is on the rocks and so they just desperately focus on the baby, which may even be the thing that has come between them. the lyrics even say "why dont we pretend", so they're just pretending everything is hunky dory. the reference to money could be ironic, and a clue to some of their misery
    spiegelon May 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is hilarious! just heard it..

    just the joy of having a baby around, they are pretty unique things..
    tigersroamfreeon December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is this about?!
    Saynaon March 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought that songs about babies were quirky enough. Typcial that I found out Talking Heads did a song about babies, how typical.

    Nice bassline, though.
    bkat004on May 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentevery time i hear this song it remins me of BABYS!!!
    BurtonRockson January 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChildren are enthralled with their new baby sibling -- oh, how cute and innocent
    CuteSparkinaon April 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChildren are enthralled with their new baby sibling -- oh, how cute and innocent
    CuteSparkinaon April 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song isn't about a baby. well, actually it is, if that's what you want to hear in it; but there's more to it than that.

    the baby is metaphorical to a man,and the song is told from the point of view of a woman who is toying with him.
    he's happy sleeping, which means doing his own thing by himself when this chick comes along and sees him not as a living being, but as a cute plaything.
    so while he's doing what he would rather be doing than anything else, she jumps up out of nowhere and ruins everything for him, not for any real reason but to play a game with him at his expense.

    i also think that it's really funny how you say feet-feet instead of pee-pee.
    cappedinlibertyon November 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWay to interpret a song! There is definitely something in there about using another person for amusement instead of looking out for his needs (just a hint of cruelty), and the man-woman metaphor is not a bad theory.
    ShineYouDiamondon August 01, 2008   Link

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