Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love

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song name Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Flood, Don't Let's Start (EP) [Elektra 7" Re-issue], Flood + Apollo 18
year 1990
first played February 24, 1989 (59 known performances)
run time 1:36
sung by John Flansburgh; John Linnell sings very prominent harmony


  • From a 2009 Rolling Stone interview:
    • Flansburgh: "This was a track we reworked for Flood. The sounds are very cool, but it's quite a production. We also used to do this song as a duo, and that version had a nice simplicity to it."
    • Linnell: "I thought it would be good to expand on the [identical] title of a very short instrumental Mahavishnu Orchestra album cut from the '70s. 'Bullets of love' is a funnily dissonant idea. That was a few years before the Sex Pistols arrived."
  • The title comes from a song by Mahavishnu Orchestra from their 1973 album Birds of Fire.
  • TMBG's fake TMBG cover band, Sapphire Bullets, take their name from this song.
  • In live performances, John and John have been known to sing "Here come the bullets of pure love" at the end.
  • In 2020, TMBG debuted a new version of this song called "Stilloob", which is the entire original song sung and played backwards.

Song Themes

Love, Precious Metal, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Self-Reference, Title Not In Lyrics


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