Talking Heads - Life During Wartime (live)

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"Life during Wartime" is a song by New Wave band Talking Heads. It first appeared on Fear of Music in 1979. Its live version from Stop Making Sense in 1983 was released as a single, which peaked at #80 on the Pop Singles Chart.

The song's lyrics tell of a civil insurrection in the USA (the cities Houston, Detroit and Pittsburgh are mentioned by name) with the singer commenting on various activities involving an apparent guerrilla movement. ("Transmit the message, to the receiver / hope for an answer some day / I got three passports, a couple of visas / you don't even know my real name.") The singer laments that due to having to live underground, he can't go to night clubs. A phrase from the lyrics, "This ain't no party / This ain't no disco", became a catchphrase in the Punk rock and New Wave music genres.

In David Bowman's book This Must Be the Place: The Adventures of Talking Heads in the Twentieth Century, Byrne is quoted as describing the genesis of the song: "I wrote this in my loft on Seventh and Avenue A." And later, "I was thinking about Baader-Meinhof. Patty Hearst. Tompkins Square. This a song about living in Alphabet City."

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