Love Did I Find You or Did You Find Me?
posted by July 9 at 11:24 AMon
“This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” has long been one of my favorite Talking Heads songs. David Byrne once described it as a love song, a subject he typically shies away from as it’s “kinda big.” But he nails it: giddy and joyful but self-aware and kind of sad, bumping along on a goofy funk groove and, yes, a melody that sounds impossibly upbeat and tender—naive, in other words.
I bring it up because over the weekend I attended the second of four weddings I’m invited to this summer, and it was the second time hearing “This Must Be the Place” played at a wedding reception.
It’s got some wonderful snippets:
I got plenty of time
You got light in your eyes
And you’re standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money
Always for love
Cover up and say goodnight … say goodnight
Home—is where I want to be
But I guess I’m already there
I come home—she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place
I can’t tell one from another
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time
Before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I’ll be … where I’ll be
Basically, the song addresses love far more eloquently than most banal wedding fare. When I think back to the friends who, freshly avowed to one another, were dancing under the stars to this song… Two things: 1. I get a little emotional, and 2. I’m glad I have friends with good taste in music.