How Now Dark Cloud?

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song name How Now Dark Cloud?
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Album Raises New And Troubling Questions, Podcast 52
year 2011
run time 2:07
sung by John Flansburgh


Trivia/Info

  • The title for this song was decided through a simple poll of TMBG's Twitter followers. The other potential title was "Lazy Eye".
  • "How now" is an archaic greeting meaning "what is that?". The title of this song is likely a play on the phrase "how now brown cow", a common example of diphthongs in the English language.
  • The lines "This is the end of the half-written tale / Of a man and the cake and the rain" are They Might Be Giants' second reference to the 1968 Richard Harris single, "MacArthur Park". MacArthur Park is a narrative ballad from the point of view of a man whose love affair has ended and contains the line, "Someone left the cake out in the rain".
  • The lines "You had your fun and had love put aside / Been crushed by the tumblin' tide" are a reference to "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers: "I've been loved and put aside / I've been crushed by tumbling tide".

Song Themes

Body Parts, Colors, Clothes, Food, Guy Songs, People (Imaginary), Plans, Questions, Sea, Time, Titles And Honorifics, Transportation, Trees And Other Plants, Weather

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