On The Drag

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song name On the Drag
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Working Undercover For The Man (EP), Man, It's So Loud In Here (EP) [Australian Release], They Got Lost, tmbg.com Free Tunes, TMBG Clock Radio, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong
year 2000
first played March 14, 1996 (64 known performances)
run time 2:18
sung by John Flansburgh


Trivia/Info

  • St. Mark's Place, a notable street and breeding ground for counterculture in the East Village of lower Manhattan, is mentioned in the lyrics and is likely "the drag" mentioned throughout the song. The lyric, "I'm trying to walk away from First Avenue to A" refers to the streets that border the eastmost block of St. Mark's Place; walking this way would, indeed, be walking away from St. Mark's Place and toward Tompkins Square Park.
  • From tmbg.com, "You might remember this one from the live show. We recorded a version of this for Factory Showroom but it sounded kind of generic. At a later session at Coyote for something else we pulled this one out and the track came back to life."
  • At a show in 2002, the band ripped into this song, only to stop halfway through the first chorus for a shouted apology from Flans: "I'm sorry, I'm sorry! OK. Let's try that again. Lemme tell ya, F# is one of the most elusive keys on the guitar, hiding somewhere between the people's key of F... and the angry people's key of G." They then finished performing the song.
  • Early versions have the first and second stanzas switched. The song thus starts with "You're only happy when you're sad" instead of "I won't die until I'm dead".

Song Themes

Death, Friendship, Geography, Letters Of The Alphabet, New York City, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Streets, Time, Transportation

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