Cage & Aquarium

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song name Cage & Aquarium
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Lincoln, Then: The Earlier Years
year 1988
first played October 4, 1987 (32 known performances)
run time 1:10
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell harmonizes near the end


  • "This is the spawning of the cage and aquarium" is a play off of "This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius" from the musical Hair.
  • A hippie leader can be heard announcing to everyone "This is the spawning of the cage and aquarium!" during a short cutscene in the video game Destroy All Humans! 2.
  • Mislabeled as "Cafe & Aquarium" in Then: The Earlier Years on Apple Music.

Song Themes

Altered Voice, Fire, Gleeful Irreverence, Mind Control, Hypnotism, Misanthropy, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Paranoia, Puns, Songs With Samples, Swear Words, Swing Feel,Telecommunication, Transportation, Windows


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