When this kiss is over it will start again.
It will not be any different, it will be exactly
The same.
Its hard to imagine that nothing at all
Could be so exciting, could be so much fun.

Heaven is a place where nothing every happens.
Heaven is a place where nothing every happens.

I first heard this a few weeks back at David Byrne’s concert in the National Concert Hall and then I heard it on the radio yesterday evening too. This song is decades old and it’s pretty interesting when you look at the lyrics. The wikipedia entry on it states:

It explores the idea of achievement and purpose by way of identifying heaven as the perfect victory over human goals, and, subsequently, by showing this heaven as a place where the perfectly best thing happens over and over at the exact same time in the exactly perfect way (“Oh, heaven, heaven is a place… a place where nothing ever happens”.) In this way, it mocks achievement as an absurd, or even futile, struggle.

It’s more than just music…

6 Responses to “Heaven”

  1. tas says:

    interesting thesis,

    i think the problem is not in the desire to achieve
    its in the reaction to ur success or failure that comes from those around you, and how important is that for you..
    take that from the equation and you are only left with the personal growth that an endeavor to achieve delivers…. regardless if you fail or succeed

    perpetual personal growth with no side effects, that would be my idea of hevean =)

  2. superboreen says:

    Nice post. As an aside, I’m decades old too. Indeed, I’m old enough to ask, whatever happened to respect for apostrophes, capitalisation, spelling even? Anal? Me? Yes, thanks.

  3. Shit! I’ve been listening to this song for nearly thirty years and never figured any of that out! Thirty years of my life wasted! Agggh!

  4. Demanding respect for grammar? You poor thing.

  5. tas says:

    in heaven, grammar and spilling wont matter..

    am sure it would be boring for superboreen there 😛

  6. Emma Kytzia says:

    I will have to listen to this again without the video. Twas hard for me to get past that jumpsuit…