It's Not My Birthday

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song name It's Not My Birthday
artist They Might Be Giants
releases They'll Need A Crane (EP), Ana Ng (Single) [UK Release], Don't Let's Start (LP), Miscellaneous T, Then: The Earlier Years, Podcast 28A, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong
year 1989
first played June 26, 1987 (79 known performances)
run time 1:52
sung by John Linnell


  • From the Then: The Earlier Years liner notes: "The lyrics for It's Not My Birthday have defied simple interpretation, probably out of irresponsibility or laziness on the part of its young author."
  • "I'll never see that recipe again" references the 1968 Richard Harris single, "MacArthur Park", which contained the line, "I'll never have that recipe again," in reference to a melting cake.
  • "I'm not the only dust my mother raised" references the phrase "raise a dust", primarily spoken in the UK, which means "to cause disruption, confusion, or turmoil."[1]
  • All instances of this song contain a quiet thump about 10 seconds into the track.

Song Themes

Colors, Drinking, Food, Funny But Sad, Holidays, Jail And Imprisonment, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Puns, Questions, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Relatives, Tongue-Twisters, Transportation, Water, Weather


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