Miss America
David Byrne Lyrics


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I love America
Her secret's safe with me
I know her wicked ways
The parts you never see

Oh Super girl
You'll be my Supermodel
Although you have a reputation
Can I afford?
Are you above my station?
I'm not the only heart you've conquered.

I love America
But boy can she be cruel
I know how tall she is
Without her platform shoes

Oh Super girl
You'll be my Supermodel
Although at time it might seem awkward
Don't run away
Oh don't you recognize me?
I'm not the only heart you've conquered.

I kissed America
When she was fleecing me
And she know I understand
That she needs to be free

I miss America
And sometimes she does too
And sometimes I think of her
When she is fucking you

I love America
Siempre Confiado en ti
I love America
Porque me trates asi?

Oh Super girl
You'll be my Supermodel
Although you pants are 'round your ankles
And when you're down
I'll be your Dirty Harry
It will be just like in the movies.

Oh Super girl
You'll be my Supermodel
Although at time it might seem awkward
Don't look away




I'll be your teenage fanclub
I'm not the only heart you've conquered.

Overall Meaning

In David Byrne's song "Miss America," the singer expresses his mixed feelings towards America - he loves her, but also knows of her "wicked ways" and cruel behavior. He also speaks to a woman referred to as "Super girl," who he wants to be his supermodel, but acknowledges that she has a reputation and he may not be able to afford her. He also admits to not being the only heart she's conquered.


Through his lyrics, Byrne paints a picture of a complex relationship with America, one that is filled with contradictions and mixed emotions. He kisses America even when she's "fleecing" him, and understands that she needs to be free. He misses America, but also thinks of her when she's with other people.


The mentions of "Super girl" and the idea of her being a supermodel could represent the American Dream and the desire for success and luxury, but also the realization that it can come at a cost and may not be attainable for everyone. The lyrics are a commentary on the complicated relationship people have with America and the pursuit of success and happiness.


Line by Line Meaning

I love America
The singer has a strong affection towards the country of America.


Her secret's safe with me
The singer knows some of America's hidden truths, but will keep them confidential.


I know her wicked ways
The singer has an understanding of America's negative aspects.


The parts you never see
There are certain aspects of America that are not commonly seen or acknowledged by the public.


Oh Super girl
The artist addresses someone they admire as 'Super girl'.


You'll be my Supermodel
The singer sees this person as someone they aspire to be like or have as a role model.


Although you have a reputation
The person being addressed has a known reputation among others.


Can I afford?
The artist is questioning whether they are capable of being with this person.


Are you above my station?
The artist wonders if their social status is not high enough to be with this person.


I'm not the only heart you've conquered.
The person being addressed has been with other people besides the artist.


But boy can she be cruel
Despite the singer's love for America, they acknowledge that it can be harsh or unkind at times.


I know how tall she is
The artist has a clear understanding of the true nature or size of America.


Without her platform shoes
America uses certain tactics or methods to appear more impressive or powerful than it actually is.


Don't run away
The singer does not want the person being addressed to reject them or leave them.


Oh don't you recognize me?
The singer expects the person being addressed to know them or their intentions.


I kissed America
The artist has had intimate experiences or relationships with America.


When she was fleecing me
The artist has been taken advantage of or deceived by America in the past.


And she know I understand
America knows that the singer has a clear understanding of its true motives or intentions.


That she needs to be free
America requires freedom to be able to operate or have its independence.


I miss America
The artist longs for or misses America.


And sometimes she does too
America also experiences longing or nostalgia at times.


And sometimes I think of her
The artist reminisces or thinks about America at times.


When she is fucking you
The singer accuses the person being addressed of having intimate relations with America.


Siempre Confiado en ti
The artist expresses their trust or confidence in America, in Spanish.


Porque me trates asi?
The singer questions why America treats them a certain way, in Spanish.


Although you pants are 'round your ankles
The person being addressed is in a vulnerable or exposed position.


And when you're down
The singer will be there to support or help the person being addressed in tough times.


I'll be your Dirty Harry
The artist will act as a tough or powerful figure to help the person being addressed in difficult situations.


It will be just like in the movies.
The artist's actions or support will resemble that of a movie scene.


Don't look away
The singer wants the person being addressed to acknowledge them or their intentions.


I'll be your teenage fanclub
The singer will idolize, support, or admire the person being addressed.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: DAVID BYRNE

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Comments from YouTube:

@namelessgoon146

David Byrne with frosted tips is truly a sight to behold.

@bryankuiper906

agreed

@RobFieldFlorida

The satire was a little ham-fisted here.

@dannordquist7408

And a labret!

@willmistretta

At least he was taking the piss. I bet a lot of other artists from the period wish they could claim the same now.

@SCIFIguy64

He looks like Malcom with wrinkles.

@ts00325230

Ok, I can't get pop punk David Byrne out of my head.

@marktangney89

My daughter cant either! LOL she Just absolutly loves david byrne is 12 years old and cant get this pop punk david byrne or talking heads out of her head! she loves them❤😊

@dipthongthathongthongthong9691

It's 2023 and this song is ALL FACTS. Nothing has changed. The double entendre and irony in , "I kissed America when she was fleecing me, she knows I understand that she needs to be free" is a genius characterization of US foreign policy.

@stitchball3698

Best David Byrne song. Fight me.

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