Greek Number Three
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|song name||Greek #3|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Then: The Earlier Years, Selections From Then|
|sung by||John Linnell|
- This version of "Number Three" is sung entirely in Greek. The music bed was recorded in the mid-80s and the vocals were recorded in 1997. The accompanying Greek-sounding instrumental backing for this song was not completed for Then: The Earlier Years, but was completed and performed at several Then-themed shows where the Johns performed one set with a backing tape and one set with a full band.
- "The Greek pronunciation in Greek #3 by Mr. Linnell (who claims to be one-eighth Hellenic) was characterized by one Greek native as 'crappy.'" - Then liner notes
- When asked about his Greek in an interview with Stay Thirsty Media, Linnell responded, "I tried to learn Greek, but my Greek just stinks. So, I learned enough to be able to very roughly pronounce some of the words, but I never really learned how to speak Greek..."
- In this version, the narrator buys himself a bağlama instead of a silver guitar.
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