They Might Be Giants

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We can't be silent
'Cause they might be giants
And what are we gonna do unless they are?

They Might Be Giants is a band that formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell, taking their name from the film They Might Be Giants. They have been playing in shows and releasing CDs ever since. TMBG started out as a band with only a drum machine, guitar, and keyboard. They became very popular with their "Dial-A-Song" service.

Quotes[edit]

They Might Be Giants (1986)[edit]

  • No one in the world ever gets what they want, and that is beautiful.
    Everybody dies frustrated and sad, and that is beautiful.
    • "Don't Let's Start"
  • Life's just a mood ring we're not allowed to see.
    • "Absolutely Bill's Mood"
  • Laugh hard, it's a long way to the bank.
    • "Rhythm Section Want Ad"

Lincoln (1988)[edit]

  • Where your eyes don't go / A filthy scarecrow waves its broomstick arms / And does a parody of each unconscious thing you do / When you turn around to look it's gone beyond you / On its face it's wearing your confused expression / Where your eyes don't go
    • "Where Your Eyes Don't Go"
  • I've built a little Empire / Off some crazy garbage / Called the blood of the exploited working class / But they've overcome their shyness / Now they're calling me 'Your Highness'/ And the world screams 'Kiss me, son of God'
    • "Kiss Me Son of God"
  • I don't want the world, I just want your half
    • "Ana Ng"

Flood (1990)[edit]

  • A woman came up to me and said / I'd like to poison your mind / With wrong ideas that appeal to you / Though I am not unkind
    • "Whistling in the Dark"
  • There's only one thing that I know how to do well / and I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well / and that's be you / be what you're like / be like yourself.
    • "Whistling in the Dark"
  • We can't be silent / 'Cause they might be giants / And what are we gonna do unless they are?
    • "They Might Be Giants"
  • Everybody wants prosthetic foreheads / on their real heads.
    • "We Want A Rock"
  • We were once so close to heaven / Peter came out and gave us medals / Declaring us the nicest of the damned
    • "Road Movie to Berlin"
  • You said you were the king of liars / And I believed you and called you 'sire' / But I realize now that I have been deceived.
    • "Road Movie to Berlin"
  • Can't shake the devil's hand / And say you're only kidding.
    • "Your Racist Friend"
  • Triangle Man, Triangle Man / Triangle Man hates Particle Man
    • "Particle Man"
  • Is he a dot, or he is a speck / when he's underwater, does he get wet / or does the water get him instead?
    • "Particle Man"
  • He's got a watch with a minute hand / millennium hand, and an eon hand
    • "Particle Man"

John Henry (1995)[edit]

  • Standing in my yard / Where they tore down the garage / To make room for the torn-down garage
    • "A Self Called Nowhere"

Mink Car (2001)[edit]

  • They revamped the airport completely / Now it looks just like a night club / Everyone's excited and confused
    • "Man, It's So Loud in Here"
  • Time is flying like an arrow / And the clock hands move so fast they make the wind blow / And it makes the pages of the calendar go / Flying out the window, one by one
    • "Hovering Sombrero"

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