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“Facts just twist the truth around”

— David Byrne, lyricist, Talking Heads, 1980, From the song Crosseyed and Painless, song quotes, lyrics, song lyrics


Excerpt Crosseyed and Painless
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Facts are simple and facts are straight
Facts are lazy and facts are late
Facts all come with points of view
Facts don’t do what I want them to
Facts just twist the truth around…
Facts continue to change their shape

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The lyrics discuss a paranoid and alienated man who feels he is stressed by his urban surroundings. These lyrics are of common theme for Talking Heads and categorize lead singer David Byrne’s writing style. The “rhythmical rant” in “Crosseyed and Painless”—”Facts are simple and facts are straight. Facts are lazy and facts are late.”—is influenced by old school rap.

The singer is filled with doubt and isn’t even sure he can believe facts. By the end of the song, he expresses his resentment of facts: “Facts don’t do what I want them to do / Facts just twist the truth around.” source

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