Careful What You Pack

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song name Careful What You Pack
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Radio Sampler '07, The Else, Idlewild
year 2007
first played April 26, 2006 (106 known performances)
run time 2:40
sung by John Flansburgh


  • This song was originally written for the soundtrack to the movie Coraline but was not used.[1] Afterwards, TMBG managed to "reacquire it" for The Else.
  • When played live, all the stage lights are traditionally turned off, and The Audience is requested to open their cellphones to shed light on the band.
    • The performance on May 13, 2006 (link below) contained minor lyrical differences, presumably because it was still in progress. These changes are:
      • "Digging underground" instead of "Digging all around"
      • "Lost in her exploring / it's a new year" instead of "Lost from the beginning / she's the new girl."
      • "Who is watching her" instead of "someone's watching her"

Song Themes

Animals, Insects, Time, Trees And Other Plants


  • Watch it on Youtube.png – Recorded live on May 13, 2006 (over a year before The Else's release)
  • Watch it on Youtube.png – Recorded live on May 16, 2007

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