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|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Lincoln, Then: The Earlier Years, Best Of The Early Years, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants|
|first played||August 1982 (143 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh (sings first refrain and second verse alone); John Linnell (sings first verse alone)|
- This was one of the songs played by TMBG at their very first live show.
- John Flansburgh (Pitchfork, 1996):
Linnell wrote the song 'Cowtown' when I was in a sort of pre-They Might Be Giants project with him and this other guy, who's a writer in New York. His name is Dave Lindsey. [...] Dave Lindsey played bass and I played guitar and Linnell played keyboards. We had this project that we rehearsed for like a month and had a bunch of songs including 'Cowtown' and then it just didn't come together for whatever reason, I'm not really sure.
- Often, for example, at the February 2008 Beacon Theatre show, the song is introduced as the first song that John and John learned how to play together as a band.
- In several live performances, Marty Beller electronically produces a screaming sound for the instrumental interludes between verses, but The Audience usually accompanies this filler with actual screaming.
- The lyric "The yellow Roosevelt Avenue leaf overturned" is a combination of various idioms ("The Yellow Rose of Texas," "Roosevelt Avenue," "A new leaf overturned").
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Cowtown is currently ranked #128 out of 910. (164 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.84)