We’re on a Road to Nowhere (and a haiku)

August 22, 2020

We’re on a Road to Nowhere (and a haiku)

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I heard the Talking Heads song, Road to Nowhere, at the grocery store. Do you know it? It’s on the Little Creatures album, which has always been one of my favorites.

But that day, it felt like a cruel coronavirus joke. Road to nowhere, indeed. I laughed out loud, and took comfort in David Byrne’s reedy voice singing, “It’s all right, it’s all right.”

And then I saw this used mask littering the parking lot. These are dark times, my friends.

I work these things out with haiku.

hopelessness litter
indescribable sadness
spreading like germs

Stay safe, my friends, and stay sane. Enjoy the Road to Nowhere lyrics.

Road to Nowhere

David Byrne, Talking Heads

Well we know where we're going
But we don't know where we've been
And we know what we're knowing
But we can't say what we've seen
And we're not little children
And we know what we want
And the future is certain
Give us time to work it out

Yeah

We're on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Taking that ride to nowhere
We'll take that ride
I'm feeling okay this morning
And you know
We're on the road to paradise
Here we go, here we go

We're on a ride to nowhere
Come on inside
Taking that ride to nowhere
We'll take that ride
Maybe you wonder where you are
I don't care
Here is where time is on our side
Take you there, take you there

We're on a road to nowhere
We're on a road to nowhere
We're on a road to nowhere

There's a city in my mind
Come along and take that ride
And it's alright, baby, it's all right
And it's very far away
But it's growing day by day and it's all right
Baby, it's all right
Would you like to come along
You can help me sing the song
And it's all right, baby, it's all right
They can tell you what to do
But they'll make a fool of you
And it's all right, baby, it's all right

There's a city in my mind
Come along and take that ride
And it's alright, baby, it's all right
And it's very far away
But it's growing day by day and it's all right
Baby, it's all right, yeah
Would you like to come along
You can help me sing the song
And it's all right, baby, it's all right
They can tell you what to do
But they'll make a fool of you and it's all right
Baby, it's all right

We're on a road to nowhere
We're on a road to nowhere
We're on a road to nowhere

We're on a road to nowhere
 


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