I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die

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They Might Be Giants used cue cards so the audience could sing along, seen here at Rockitz in Richmond, VA on March 5, 1988

song name I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die
artist They Might Be Giants
releases They Might Be Giants, 1985 Demo Tape [Hello re-issue], Then: The Earlier Years, Podcast 52
year 1985
first played November 28, 1987 (61 known performances)
run time 1:58
sung by John Flansburgh (sings the first verse alone); John Linnell (sings the second verse alone)


  • Flansburgh: "Restless was doing a polka album, and they were interested in rock bands that did polka songs. Before we were signed, we tried to convince them to use this song [as well as Become A Robot]; they had no interest in it, so we put it on our first album." (ICE Newsletter, 1996)
  • This song's title is a direct parody of The Who lyric, "hope I die before I get old," from the 1965 song "My Generation".
  • When this song was performed live in the 1980s, large cue cards upon which the lyrics were printed were held up, and the Johns encouraged the audience to sing along.
  • The demo version of this song features only an accordion and duet vocals from Flansburgh and Linnell.
  • This song's title appeared as "Hope That I Get Old Before I Die" on Then and in the liner notes of The Pink Album.

Song Themes

Accents, Clothes, Death, Food, Long, Long, Occupations, Puns, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Songs With Handclaps


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