Interpretations:Hide Away Folk Family

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Spousal abuse[edit | edit source]

To me, this seems like to be a song about spousal abuse. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.176.73.79 (talk) 19:47, August 2, 2005

Paranoia[edit | edit source]

I've not much to say except this song strikes me as being about paranoia, whether justified or not. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.139.247.38 (talk) 21:58, August 30, 2005

Interpretation 3[edit | edit source]

According to They Might be Giants, its "about a family that has to hide away" —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nightpotato (talkcontribs) 17:21, September 13, 2005

Interpretation 4[edit | edit source]

I believe this song may be about changing times and how sad it is that people have to lock their doors and always be worried about what others will do to them if they're not careful. Hideaway folk family, is basically saying, lock the doors and stay safe common families. Someone's gonna get ya', obviously refers to the increasing crime rate and that you and your family could be robbed or hurt if you're not careful. "Sadly the cross eyed bear's been but to sleep behind the stares", is a reference to how nobody wants to help each other out anymore I believe. It's of course derived from, "Gladly the Cross I'd bear". —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.97.37.244 (talk) 13:38, November 3, 2005

Hostage situation[edit | edit source]

I always thought it was about a hostage situation, and "abandoning all hope" had to do with Stockholm Syndrome. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.184.163.248 (talk) 22:01, December 18, 2005

Interpretation 6[edit | edit source]

I always thought it was about someone coming to get the family and the mother hides the child underneath the stairs only to later find out the villain is going to blow up that house not come inside it —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.188.114.50 (talk) 21:01, December 22, 2005

Interpretation 7[edit | edit source]

Now that I think about it, that's a really weird interpretation I wrote a while ago. o_O BALEETED.

NEW INTEPRETATION! It's about... paranoia. Like, they're all scared that this is going to happen or whatever, maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. I've always been convinced that the backwards singing at the end is the family's last moments. However, this could be what's going through their minds: not their death. Very, very scary yet really cool song. ^_^ Wow. Creepy. --Lemita 19:32, 27 Jun 2006 (MDT)

Holocaust[edit | edit source]

Again, a Holocaust song; the family is hiding away because of the Nazis. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.37.7.3 (talk) 02:13, June 28, 2006

I think its about the holocaust as well. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Snail Shell (talkcontribs) 09:08, September 18, 2006

Leftover hippies[edit | edit source]

Like another song from the same period (Purple Toupee), this song is making fun of leftover hippies. --Nehushtan 05:27, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

Interpretation 10[edit | edit source]

No one seems to have mentioned that the lyric "hide away, folk family" is a play on words derived from a children's toy that was available in the 1970s and 1980s. The toy was called the Hideaway Folk Family. It was a little plastic cottage that hinged open and hidden inside there was a little family of folks. My recollection of this toy is located in the vastly remote recesses of my memory, but I seem to remember that the Folk Family was comprised of Weeble-like figures dressed in earthtones. It reminded me a little of the Fisher-Price barn that opened up and held barnyard animals. So, one of the Johns noticed that the name of the toy, Hideaway Folk Family, sounds like an ominous admonition, "hide away, folk family!" and they parleyed that idea into a song. Any young adult of the 1980s would know the Hideaway Folk Family toy and would get the joke. The rest of the lyrics are just complimentary to the central turn of the phrase. --Chadd 13:11, August 9, 2007

Interpretation 11[edit | edit source]

There's an innocent nice Christian family being shown to believe the worst in people and live in a state of fear and distrust. magbatz 14:46, February 20, 2008

Amish family[edit | edit source]

I think it's about an Amish family that gets raped/murdered. MidnightCrisis 01:12, 15 March 2012 (EDT)

Interpretation 13[edit | edit source]

An excellent song that is one of the few implicitly (rather than explicitly - c'mon it's the Giants) universal songs that they've ever written. One assumes a Flans song, it's easily in his top 10 that he's written for the band. Essentially is's a song about persecution and can be understood from a variety of perspectives. As Flans is American I've always thought it was about a lynching, but it could easily be about the holocaust or the kulaks being purged in Soviet Russia. Think of a persecuted minority it can be about them. Musically there is a kind of irony to it too. Musically (Leslie Anne Down bridge apart) it's wonderfully unthreatening: like lullaby which lulls the listener into a fall sense of security that this is a nice song. I remember it took a few listens before I realised what a disturbing song it actually is. For those persecuted, their eventual destruction often comes as a surprise as they too are lulled into a false sense of security that everything will be all right and the song reflects this fatal misunderstanding. Flans' clever bridge where musically it becomes threatening has the horoscope lyric illustrating a bleak humour that the folk family has no future. Throwing Leslie Anne Down in is rather puzzling! (Mr Tuck) 07:02, July 24, 2014