Memo To Human Resources

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song name Memo to Human Resources
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Indestructible Object, The Spine, Experimental Film (Promo), TMBG Clock Radio
year 2004
first played January 25, 2004 (240 known performances)
run time 2:02
sung by John Flansburgh; John Linnell adds sympathetic harmony.


  • JF: This song is called "Memo To Human Resources". It was gonna be called "I'm Down," but that title was taken by a group called The Beatles...OUR ARCH-NEMESIS. Scooped again! Damn you, Fab Four. All your good ideas. All your history. (Shows/2004-03-19)
  • "Nevermind the furthermore, the plea is self-defense" is a reference to "Zilch" and "No Time" by The Monkees. The line was originally from the Rodgers and Hammstein musical "Oklahoma!", and the Monkees quoted it in their songs. The "again" would seem to imply it's an intentional reference to that use.
  • Musically this song is very similar to Georgy Girl.
  • In the Spine liner notes, the line "Talk you through the finer points..." instead is "Walk...", and in the liner notes for Indestructible Object, the written line is "With finer points..."
  • The bass on this track is played by John Flansburgh instead of Danny Weinkauf. Danny is not credited in the Indestructible Object liner notes.
  • This song was played as a medley seguing from Spine at several live shows.

Song Themes

Album Lead-Ins, Aversion To Work, Denial, Drugs, Epistolary Songs, Forgetting, Remembering, I Am, In Back, Misanthropy, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Problems With Liner Notes, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Size, Title Not In Lyrics, Transportation


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