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Alphabet Of Nations

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Music video for "Alphabet Of Nations"

song name Alphabet of Nations
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Here Come The ABCs, TMBG Clock Radio, CD/DVD Sampler
year 2005
first played August 17, 2004 (339 known performances)
run time 1:26
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell


  • Oman, Qatar, and Yemen are the only existing countries whose names begin with their respective first letters.
  • Technically, there is no nation whose name begins with the letter X (Mexico and Luxembourg are the only existing countries that have the letter X in them) or W (Wales is a part of the United Kingdom, Wallachia is a historical and geographical region of Romania, Wallis is a territory of France, and Western Sahara is a disputed territory south of Morocco). The fictional West Xylophone is used as a stand-in for both of these letters.
  • At live shows, Dan Miller plays keyboard, and backup on "Zimbabwe".
  • Live performances include an additional bridge between the usual two, where Linnell lists a few more countries in this order: "Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Chad, Afghanistan, Brunei, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Guatemala." An extended version of the song featuring the additional bridge is included in the 2012 deluxe edition of No!.
  • The video was created by Brandon Martinez and Michelle Hammond of Colourmovie.
  • According to the band, West Xylophone is the colonial name of what is now the Republic of Marimba.

Song Themes

Geography, Letters Of The Alphabet


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