I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die
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|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|
|first played||November 28, 1987 (50 known performances)|
|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.
- A live performance of this song appears in Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns).
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