made famous by The Talking Heads; cover version by The Beatless Sense Mongers

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Life During Wartime (.mp3 coversong)


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 the ghetto
        I've lived all over this town

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

Transmit the message, to the receiver
        hope for an answer some day
I got three passports, couple of visas
        don't even know my real name
High on a hillside, trucks are loading
        everything's ready to roll
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nightime
        I might not ever get home

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco
        this ain't no fooling around
This ain't no Mudd Club, or C. B. G. B.'s
        I ain't got time for that now

Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
        Heard about Pittsburgh, P.A.?
You oughta know not to stand by the window
        somebody might 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

Why stay in college? Why go to night school?
        Gonna be different this time?
Can't write a letter, can't send a postcard
        I can't write nothing at all

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco
        this ain't no fooling around
I'd love to hold you, I'd like to kiss you
        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 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
        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
Get you instructions, follow directions
        then you should change your address
Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day
        whatever you think is best
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
Try to stay healthy, physical fitness
        don't want to catch no disease
Try to be careful, don't take no chances
        you better watch what you say

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