"Wild Wild Life" as written by and David Byrne....
I'm wearin' a
Fur Pyjamas
I ride a
Hot Potata'
It's tickling my fancy
Speak up, I can't hear you

Here on this mountaintop oh oh oh
I got some wild, wild life
I got some news to tell ya oh oh
About some wild, wild life
Here come the doctor in charge oh oh oh
She's got some wild, wild life
Ain't that the way you like it oh oh
Living wild, wild life

I wrestle, with your conscience
You wrestle, with your partner
Sittin' on a window sill
But he spends his time behind closed doors

Check out Mister Businessman oh oh oh
He bought some wild, wild life
On the way to the stock exchange oh oh oh
He got some wild, wild life
Break it up when he opens the door oh oh oh
He's doin' wild, wild life
I know that's the way you like it oh oh
Living wild, wild life

Peace of mind?
Piece of cake!
Thought control!
You get on board anytime you like

Like sittin' on pins and needles
Things fall apart, it's scientific

Sleeping on the interstate oh oh oh
Getting wild, wild life
Checkin' in, checkin' out! Uh, huh!
I got a wild, wild life
Spending all of my money and time oh oh oh
Done too much wild, wild
We want to go, where we go, where we go oh oh oh
I doing wild, wild life
I know it, that's how we start oh oh oh
Got some wild, wild life
Take a picture, here in the daylight oh oh
They got some wild, wild life
You've grown so tall, you've grown so fast oh oh oh
Wild, wild
And I know that's the way you like it oh, ho!
Living wild wild wild wild, life


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"Wild Wild Life" as written by David Byrne

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    General CommentCocaine
    njchurchilon April 17, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe impression I get from the music video and the song is having to do with drugs. Wild WIld Life itself makes me think of just being on a constant high and going to clubs in the eighties at night then go to wall street and mess around with the stock market. I heard that in the eighties alot of the business men were doing cocaine practicaly all the time. Also maybe certain prescription drugs (here comes the doctor shes got some wild wild life) (checking in checkin out) (spending all my money) go to work leave then get high. Just basicaly living in excess and doing cocaine. THe video on youtube reminds me of eighties night clubs where everyone was doing cocaine and things were just crazy and out of sight. Not everything that an exalted artist makes has to be so complicated that its meaning reflects some complicated phylisophical view it could just be straight forward but worded briliantly.
    melloncollie45on December 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe joke is: Everything mentioned is normal american lifestyle, but everyone feels like having a wild wild life.
    kidgforceon February 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis is definitely about Cocaine. Coke was the most popular drug and prevalent in the 80's. In the 90's it became heroin. But Byrne is basically singing about how coke applied to anyone and everyone. It was crazy times. You can be a business man, a doctor, anybody. You can take it anywhere, any time to "check in and check out". It was a way to escape from the monotony of life in the 80's and party.
    Outfielderon June 03, 2018   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm going with cocaine. If you replace "wild, wild life" with "cocaine" (& delete the "ohs" for clarity), this is what you get:

    I'm wearin'
    Fur Pyjamas
    I ride a
    Hot Potata'
    It's tickling my fancy
    Speak up, I can't hear you

    Here on this mountaintop
    I got some cocaine
    I got some news to tell ya
    About some cocaine
    Here come the doctor in charge
    She's got some cocaine
    Ain't that the way you like it
    Living wild

    I wrestle, with your conscience
    You wrestle, with your partner
    Sittin' on a window sill
    But he spends his time behind closed doors

    Check out Mister Businessman
    He bought some cocaine
    On the way to the stock exchange
    He got some cocaine
    Break it up when he opens the door
    He's doin' cocaine
    I know that's the way you like it
    Living wild

    Peace of mind?
    Piece of cake!
    Thought control!
    You get on board anytime you like

    Like sittin' on pins and needles
    Things fall apart, it's scientific

    Sleeping on the interstate
    Getting cocaine
    Checkin' in, checkin' out! Uh, huh!
    I got cocaine
    Spending all of my money and time
    Done too much cocaine
    We want to go, where we go, where we go
    I doing cocaine
    I know it, that's how we start
    Got some cocaine
    Take a picture, here in the daylight
    They got some cocaine
    You've grown so tall, you've grown so fast
    Wild, wild
    And I know that's the way you like it!
    Living wild wild wild wild, life
    Uglybunnyon June 13, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a great video as well. This song made me want to run right out and see the film(but it was three years before I ever saw the film from the time this song came out).
    In my youth, I recall sleeping on the interstate: not fun.
    "Check out Mr. Business Man...". I guess the stress of working the Stock Exchange drove him nuts.
    Major Valoron April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDB seems to like the financial services metaphors: in addition to this song's "Check out Mr. Businessman", there's "Stockbroker make a bad investment when love has come to town" from (what else?) "Love Has Come to Town."
    sean mcseanon January 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI came here to see if anyone agreed with my thoughts on this song, and I suppose they don't. After hearing it I really assumed it was about taking drugs in some form. Wild life seems like it could almost be replaceable by "drugs" in a general sense: both medicated drugs or recreational, either works. Hence buying wild life on the way to the stock exchange, or having the head doctor give it to you.
    Caleddinon January 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is all-around fun song that I believe was originally done to mock pop music at the time. However, it became a big hit instead.
    speakingintongueson August 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with caleddin i felt it was about drug use
    Like sittin' on pins and needles
    Things fall apart, it's scientific
    meaning the hi then down side after. but still very up moveing song
    MakotoKino76on May 08, 2007   Link

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