at consequence of sound.

There is something in Byrne’s impressionistic lyrics that touches people — especially, it seems, young people. “I’m just an animal looking for a home,” he sings, and who among us hasn’t felt that way in the post-graduate haze of our early twenties? Perhaps this is why, no matter how many covers of the song have surfaced over the years, each version seems to belong distinctly to its singer. Everyone who sings it sings from a personal place and means it in a way that only he can. Nearly 20 years after its original release, “This Must Be the Place” has become something greater than the sum of its parts, some pop culture version of a hymn or a cherished lullaby. It connects us not only to the beauty of the music itself, but also to all the people who have ever loved it or clung to it in a moment of joy or sadness.

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