Complete Paranoia

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From the "Snail Shell" video.

song name Complete Paranoia
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Direct From Brooklyn (DVD), Podcast 6C (only partially played), Podcast 47
year 2003
run time 3:30
sung by John Flansburgh, backed up by John Linnell


  • The song's refrain is a reference to a quote by infamous cult leader and convicted murderer Charles Manson in the June 1970 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.[1]
Have you ever seen the coyote in the desert? Watching, tuned in, completely aware. Christ on the cross, the coyote in the desert — it’s the same thing, man. The coyote is beautiful. He moves through the desert delicately, aware of everything, looking around. He hears every sound, smells every smell, sees everything that moves. He’s in a state of total paranoia, and total paranoia is total awareness.
  • This track "pretends" to be the audio for "Snail Shell" on the Direct From Brooklyn DVD. It can be heard by listening to the audio commentary track for "Snail Shell". An instrumental version with an interesting vocal arrangement of the tune also can be heard on the commentary track at the end of the DVD during the video credits.
  • The chorus of this song is a parody of the Chock full o'Nuts jingle, originally written in the 1950s by Bernie Wayne and Bruce Silbert. Listen here. Compare:
"That Heavenly Feeling
(Chock full o'Nuts Jingle)"

Chock full o'Nuts is that heavenly coffee
Heavenly coffee, heavenly coffee
Chock full o'Nuts is that heavenly coffee

Better coffee a millionaire's money can't buy
"Complete Paranoia"

Messages written in heavenly bodies
Heavenly bodies, heavenly bodies
Messages written in heavenly bodies

Doesn't take a millionaire to see

Song Themes

Easter Eggs, German, Guy Songs, I Am, Medical, Money, Occupations, Paranoia, Science, Space, Tableware, Telecommunication, Titles And Honorifics


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