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32 Footsteps

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song name 32 Footsteps
artist They Might Be Giants
releases 1985 Demo Tape, They Might Be Giants, Then: The Earlier Years
year 1985
first played June 26, 1987 (46 known performances)
run time 1:36
sung by John Linnell; John Flansburgh joins in for the bridge and outro.

Trivia/Info

  • The count-up at the end of this song is the result of a spontaneous improvisation by Flansburgh while recording. It starts at 1:28 with the number 28 and ends at 1:31 with the number 31.
  • The "bing-bang-bingalong" part is simply the syllables "-ing -ang -ingalong" attached to successive consonants in the alphabet, from B to P. Every third set also has "-ay" after the "-ing -ang -ingalong," and each one of these -ay words all turn out to be real words ("day," "hay," "lay," and "pay").
  • The 1985 Demo Tape mix is slightly different, lacking the electronic hand claps on the left channel of the album version.
  • Flansburgh uses a "Special 20" harmonica on this recording, which allows the player to "bend notes".[1]

Song Themes

Clothes, Counting, Letters Of The Alphabet, Lies, Deception, Love Gone Sour, No, Nonsense Words, Numbers, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Questions, Talking, Not Singing, Transportation

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