Listening Wind Lyrics - Talking Heads

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Mojique sees his village from a nearby hill
Mojique thinks of days before Americans came
He sees the foreigners in growing numbers
He sees the foreigners in fancy houses
He thinks of days that he can still

Mojique holds a package in his quivering hands
Mojique sends the package to the American man
Softly he glides along the streets and alleys
Up comes the wind that makes them run for cover
He feels the time is surely now or never...more.

The wind in my heart
The wind in my heart
The dust in my head
The dust in my head
The wind in my heart
The wind in my heart
(Come to) Drive them away
Drive them away.u
Mojique buys equipment in the market place
Mojique plants devices in the free trade zone
He feels the wind is lifting up his people
He calls the wind to guide him on his mission
He knows his friend the wind is always

Mojique smells the wind that comes from far away
Mojique waits for news in a quiet place
He feels the presence of the wind around him
He feels the power of the past behind him
He has the knowledge of the wind to guide him...on.

The wind in my heart
The wind in my heart
The dust in my head
The dust in my head
The wind in my heart
The wind in my heart
(Come to) Drive them away
Drive them away.

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Logical nonsense | Reviewer: A | 1/30/11

Good old internet! Only on something so hyper-logical (maybe too logical) can a discussion about a serious song be hijacked by the most idiotic, illogical, ignorant neo-nazi cretins.

But seriously, even if Byrne's lyrics are to be taken at face value (as they never are), the obvious historical context surrounding colonialism/decolonisation/the re-colonising of much of the 'third world' by both sides during the Cold War makes things look very different.

Drive them away | Reviewer: Guessedworker | 11/26/09

The lyrics are about the consonance between striving for personal liberation and collective liberation. That consonance, however, is more conditional than it would appear since Talking Heads are left-field, and can safely demonstrate a "daring" non-judgementalism towards Muzhik's terrorism. "Americans" are always "wrong".

The left, however, reacts with Pavlovian horror to the far more just actions of European and white nationalists who seek to end race-replacement immigration to their ancestral homelands, kill the Multi-Cult, defy finance capitalism, the Jewish Establishment, the global political elites, etc.

"Drive them away; Drive them away."

pre-intellectual mysticism, not terrorism! | Reviewer: Yaroslav | 12/18/08

Immortal song! I doubt it's as straightforward as the previous reviewer's reading of it (terrorism and all). It's more enigmatic than that. You can't understand the Russian muzhik, and he probably can't understand himself either, whatever he's doing in that song is beyond anyone's comprehension, including his own. We cannot even tell what he thinks about the growing foreign preesence in his "realm" (positive? negative? indifferent?). But he's a wonderfully animistic creature, and the wind (who's every bit as wordless, lacking self-reflection, and enigmatic as the muzhik himself) that wind is muzhik's friend and his helper. What a wonderful, beautiful, dreamy text. True poetry.

Terrorism | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/5/07

If you want to understand the lyrics, pay close attention to them: Mojique feels that the foreigngers whom he sees "in growing numbers" are obliterating his culture and heritage. So he "buys equipment," "plants devices." Get it? He's planting bombs. He's committing an act of terrorism against the "foreigners." Once the bombs are primed for detonation, he leaves and waits in a "quiet place" for "news" of the attack to reach him.

That's what the lyrics are about.

moving song | Reviewer: Karl Suni | 4/13/07

This is truly wonderful, moving music with great lyrics, as well. The album is one of the greatest ever, with 3 other unbelievable songs and a bunch that are just very good. If you have not heard it, or have but don't own it, go buy or borrow "Remain in Light". And give "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" a try. I, too, greatly wish that Eno/Byrne were still collaborating musically.

what a timeless track | Reviewer: Collin Batchelor | 7/5/06

well what a timeless track. It always sounds good to me, like an old friend. I don't even need to understand what it's all about. It's gentle and persuasive, draws me in, makes me think of times gone by, other cultures. One of those songs that take you away to a far off place. another classic from the Byrne and Eno farm, I wish they were still making music together

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