Making Flippy Floppy Lyrics - Talking Heads

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Nothing can come between us
Nothin gets you down
Nothing strikes your fancy
Nothing turns you on
Somebody is waiting in the hallway
Somebody is falling down the stairs
Set someone free, break someone's heart
Stand up help us out

Ev'rything is divided
Nothing is complete
Ev'rything looks impressive
Do not be deceived
You don't have to wait for more instructions
No one makes a monkey out of me
We lie on our backs, feet in the air
Rest and relaxation, rocket to my brain

Snap into position
Bounce till you ache
Step out of line
And you end up in jail
Bring me a doctor
I have a hole in my head
But they are just people
And I'm not afraid
Doctor Doctor
We have nothing in our pockets
We continue
But we have nothing left to offer
Faces pressed against the window
Hey! they are just my friends
Check this out don't be slick
Break our backs it goes like this . . .

We are born without eyesight
We are born without sin
And our mama protects us
From the cold and the rain
We're in no hurry
sugar and spice
We sing in the darkness
We poen our eyes (open up)

I can't believe it
And people are strange
Our president's crazy
Did you hear what he said
Business and pleasure
Lie right to your face
Divide it in sections
And then give it away

There are no big secrets
Don't believe what you read
We have great big bodies
We got great big heads
Run-a-run-a-run it all together
Check it out - still don't make no sense
Makin' flippy floppy
Tryin to do my best
Lock the door
We kill the beast
Kill it!

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sex | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/7/13

this song is about sex pure and simple. making flippy floppy means having sex. "we lie on our backs, feet in the air, rest and relaxation rocket to my brain. snap into position, bounce till you ache, step out of line and you end up in jail." sex. "making flippy floppy, tryin to do my best, we lock the door, we kill the beast, kill it!" sex. meaningless sex, and a little confused/unhappy about that, but sex is the topic of this song, pure and simple.

What "Making Flippy Floppy" Means | Reviewer: Mark | 2/18/08

The key to understanding this piece is in the album’s title – Speaking in Tongues. When caught in rapturous moments of epiphany, people babble. The meaning is not in the words, but in the experience that gives rise to the utterations.

Here, the issue is what is the meaning of our lives, and how can we cope in the face of human fallibility, confusion, pain and suffering: where can we get grounded and rise above the tempest of human existence?

The answer is in the music – the sound and rhythms, which will lead you to a deeper understanding of who you are, and an acceptance of the uncertainties of life and personal reconciliation to the fact that finding meaning to life is difficult, and when it’s found can’t be put inot words. Deep meaning is found in activity and in our resiliency to push on in spite of conflict, oppression, deceit.

Flippy Floppy refers to changing your position on things, essentially holding opposite opinions at the same time. This refers to the deep, Zen-like goal of seeing and embracing both sides of reality, the good and the bad, the creative and the destructive,. the ying and yang. When you can embrace both, and reconcile yourself to their eternal co-presence, you find relief and are able to maintain a sense of humor, like the “smiling Buddha.” You keep your sense of humor and positive sense of self by engaging in activities that are fun, joyous, rejuvenating.

In short, it’s a song about the power of music. It’s also about dancing to music – flipping and flopping your body.

It’s a brilliant work of genius that is about itself and its creator, David Byrne.

Flippy-ed Out | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/6/06

I first heard Making Flippy Floppy on the Stop Making Sense(Remix)CD. This is probably one of the best live albums of the last 50 years and even though Byrne makes a mistake in the lyrics it doesn't detract from the abstract poetic framework. The message still comes through in all it's pop-up moments like snippets of a dream being recalled in dejavu segments, strung togeather and reran to assembel a greater meaning.

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