Now That I Have Everything

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song name Now That I Have Everything
artist They Might Be Giants
releases 1983 Demo Tape, Dial-A-Song, Power Of Dial-A-Song, Free When You Call From Work, Then: The Earlier Years, Selections From Then, Podcast 32A
year 1983
run time 2:20
sung by John Flansburgh; John Linnell sings the "ba-boo" outro


  • This demo was recorded in 1983, or possibly earlier, as Dial-A-Song began in that year. A later Dial-A-Song re-appearance of this song featured John Flansburgh saying that this was their "very first song on their very first demo." The song is the same, though the "ba-boo" continues on much longer after the music fades at the end.
  • John Flansburgh: [This] was the "official pop song" [on our demo] to make people think we weren't going to send 'em away in droves." (ICE Newsletter, 1996)
  • This song was often used to open early They Might Be Giants shows at venues like the Pyramid Club and 8BC, according to Podcast 32A. Flansburgh: "It would kind of drop the soundman in the deep end with everything going instrumentation-wise."[1]
  • The drum track of this song is directly taken from the 1979 drum beat album, DrumDrops Volume 3: The Professional Album by David Crigger and Joey D. Vieira. The track is titled "5/4 Rock", and can be listened to here. The Johns used a similar track for the song "I Wouldn't Be Mad".
  • The melody of the 1963 song "On Broadway" is borrowed at about 0:44.
  • John Andrews says this song was actually written by John Linnell back in his Mundanes days, but he was too shy to sing loudly enough for them to perform it.

Song Themes

Everything, Mirrors And Reflections, Not In 4-4 Time, Songs With Samples, Traded Tracks, Tongue-Twisters


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