ARTIST: Talking Heads
TITLE: Life During Wartime
Lyrics and Chords

Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons
Packed up and ready to go
Heard of some gravesites out by the highway
A place where nobody knows
The sound of gunfire off in the distance
I'm getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstone, lived in a ghetto
I've lived all over this town

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This ain't no party, this ain't no disco
This ain't no fooling around
No time for dancing or lovey dovey
I ain't got time for that now

/ E - - - / :

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 
High on a hillside, the trucks are loading
Everything's ready to roll 
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nighttime
I might not ever get home 

...This ain't no mudd club, or CBGB...

Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
Heard about Pittsburgh, PA? 
You oughta know not to stand by the window 
Somebody see you up there 
I got some groceries, some peanut butter
To last a couple of days 
But I ain't got no speakers, ain't got no headphones
Ain't got no records to play 

{As refrain}
Why stay in college? Why go to night school? 
Gonna be different this time 
Can't write a letter, can't send no postcard
I ain't got no time for that now

Trouble in transit, got through the roadblock
We blended in with the crowd 
We got computers, we're tapping phone lines
I know that that ain't allowed 
We dress like students, we dress like housewives
Or in a suit and a tie 
I changed my hairstyle so many times now
I don't know what I look like

You make me shiver, I feel so tender
We make a pretty good team 
Don't get exhausted, I'll do some driving
You ought to get you some sleep 
Burned all my notebooks, what good are notebooks
They won't help me survive 
My chest is aching, burns like a furnace
The burning keeps me alive

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