Heaven (Talking Heads song)

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Song by Talking Heads
from the album Fear of Music
ReleasedAugust 3, 1979 (1979-08-03)
Songwriter(s)David Byrne, Jerry Harrison
Producer(s)Brian Eno, Talking Heads
Fear of Music track listing
  1. "I Zimbra"
  2. "Mind"
  3. "Paper"
  4. "Cities"
  5. "Life During Wartime"
  6. "Memories Can't Wait"
  7. "Air"
  8. "Heaven"
  9. "Animals"
  10. "Electric Guitar"
  11. "Drugs"
Jerry Harrison and David Byrne (right), the songwriters, performing in August 1978 at Jay's Longhorn Bar, Minneapolis

"Heaven" is a song by the American new wave band Talking Heads from their 1979 album Fear of Music. The song has been called "the calm after their unusual ominous storm" by AllMusic[1] as well as something "psychologists would certainly have a field day with" by journalist Ian Gittins.[2]

Dave Bell, writing for quarterly UK magazine Ceasefire, argued that the song "epitomises pop as Samuel Beckett might write it: tedious, beautiful and desperate".[3]

Cover versions[edit]

In 2004 Eric Burdon covered the song on his album My Secret Life.[4] Simply Red covered the song on their 1985 debut album Picture Book. [5]


  1. ^ "Heaven - Talking Heads", Allmusic.com.
  2. ^ Gittins, Ian (2004). Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime: The Stories Behind Every Song. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 57. ISBN 9780634080333. Link
  3. ^ "Deserter's Songs: A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens". Ceasefire Magazine. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ My Secret Life
  5. ^ Picture Book

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