LAURIE ANDERSON


So Happy Birthday Lyrics

JOE: In our country, you're free and so you're born and
so they say, "You're free," so happy birthday. And even
if you were born to lose--even if you were a complete
wreck when you were born--you might still grow up to be
president ... because you're free.

GERALDINE: Today, you might be an average citizen ... a
civilian ... a pedestrian ... But tomorrow you might be
elected to some unexpected office--or sell your novel
and suddenly become famous. Or you could get run over
by a truck and your picture could get into the papers
_that_ way. Because you're free and anything might
happen ... so happy birthday.

JOE: Gee! All those lights and all those screens! The
New York Experience is mind-boggling. I don't think
I've ever seen that many screens and I'll probably come
again ... It was really amazing, mind-boggling.

GERALDINE: You're walking and you don't always realize
it but you're always falling at the same time. With
each step you fall forward. Over and over, you're
falling and then catching yourself from falling ... And
this is how you can be walking and falling at the same
time.

JOE: Look! Over there! It's a real dog ... and it's
really talking

GERALDINE: I wanted you and I was looking for you ...
but I couldn't find you. I wanted you and I was looking
for you all day ... but I couldn't find you.

JOE: Well, I paid my money, and I've got this funny
feeling that somehow--you know--it's not what I paid my
money for. I mean I _paid_ my money and I just don't
think this is what I paid my money--you know--what I
paid my money for.

GERALDINE: No one has ever looked at me like this
before ... no one has ever _stared_ at me for so long
like this ... This is the first time anyone has ever
looked at me like this ... stared at me like this for
such a long time ... for so long.

JOE: Well, he didn't know what to do so he just decided
to watch the government and see what the government was
doing and then kind of scale it down to size--and run
his life that way.

GERALDINE: She said the hardest thing to teach her
three-year-old kid was what was alive and what wasn't.
The phone rings and she holds it out to her kid and
says, "It's Grandma. Talk to Grandma." But she's
holding a piece of plastic. And the kid says to
herself: "Wait a minute. Is the phone alive? Is the TV
alive? What about that radio? What is alive in this
room and what doesn't have life?" Unfortunately, she
doesn't know how to ask these questions.

JOE: We were in a large room. Full of people. All
kinds. And they had arrived at the same time. And they
were all free and they were all asking themselves the
same question: What is behind that curtain? They were
all free. And they were all wondering what would happen
next.

GERALDINE: This is the time and this is the record of
the time.

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Songwriter(s): LAURIE ANDERSON
Record Label(s): 1984 Warner Bros Records, manufactured and marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company
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