I Should Be Allowed To Think
|song name||I Should Be Allowed to Think|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||John Henry, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, John Henry + Factory Showroom|
|first played||December 3, 1993 (7 known performances)|
|sung by||John Linnell; John Flansburgh sings lead on the bridge|
- Described by Linnell as "one of the sort of unreliable narrator lyrics" (from an interview promoting Gigantic)
- The opening line of the song, "I saw the best minds of my generation/destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical..." comes from the opening line of Allen Ginsberg's epic poem, "Howl" (full text). According to Pat Dillett in Podcast 27A:
The poet graciously gave permission for the band to quote the poem, and in a gesture that harkens back to a simpler time, asked for nothing in return.
- An excerpt of this song was read by Andy Richter in Gigantic.
Colors, Egoism And Pretentiousness, Fade Out, Gleeful Irreverence, Intelligence, Espionage, Mind Control, Hypnotism, Music, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Paranoia, Poetry, Reading, Telecommunication
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