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Byrne, David - Road to Nowhere

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023530

Type of Spiritual Experience

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The song is found within this video 'David Byrne Live Union Chapel'

A description of the experience

David Byrne - Road To Nowhere (Live)

Here’s Byrne performing Road to Nowhere. It’s a typically ambiguous song – it sounds uplifting and hopeful, yet the words suggest they are going ‘nowhere’ . Is nowhere somewhere good, a utopia (which literally means ‘no place’ in Greek), somewhere beyond our present imagining? Or is he leading them straight off a cliff?  It’s that kind of tension between ecstatic hope and ironic ambiguity that is typical of Byrne’s work, and which makes it different to more corny rock ecstasy.

 

 

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Byrne, David

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