Like Humans Do

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"Like Humans Do"
A pixelated picture of David Byrne's face with him screaming
Single by David Byrne
from the album Look into the Eyeball
A-side "Like Humans Do"
B-side "All Over Me"
Released September 18, 2001 (2001-09-18)
Format CD, 7"
Genre Alternative rock, folk rock
Length 3:32
Label Virgin, Luaka Bop
Songwriter(s) David Byrne
Producer(s) Michael Mangini
David Byrne singles chronology
"Like Humans Do"
"U.B. Jesus"

"Like Humans Do"
"U.B. Jesus"

"Like Humans Do" is the fourth track from David Byrne's 2001 album Look into the Eyeball and was also released as a single that year. The radio edit version of the song (which omits the line referring to cannabis) was selected by Microsoft[1] as the sample music for Windows XP to demonstrate the new Windows Media Player.[2] It was also included as a sample track on the Rio Karma media player.

The song was also featured on Byrne's 2007 live album Live from Austin, Texas. In that film, he explains that the song is about trying to love human beings despite their failings, by taking a "Martian's perspective" on humanity and trying to accept them for what they are.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Like Humans Do" (Radio Edit)
  2. "All Over Me"
  3. "Princess"
  • The B-sides were later appended to a re-release of Look into the Eyeball.


The song was written by David Byrne and arranged by Thom Bell, with string and horn contracting by Sandra Park.[3]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States September 18, 2001 EMI Records Compact Disc 897529


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