The Bright Side

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Music video for "The Bright Side"

song name The Bright Side
artist They Might Be Giants
releases I Like Fun, Dial-A-Song (2018)
year 2018
first played December 30, 2018 (1 known performances)
run time 2:29
sung by John Flansburgh; John Linnell backs


  • Video directed by Paul Sahre.
  • In a 2018 interview, John Flansburgh stated this song "is a pretty impressionistic reminiscence of folks I knew a long time ago."[1]
  • The lines "Among the rain / And lights I saw / The figure "5" in gold / On a red firetruck" are a direct reference to the poem "The Great Figure"[2] by William Carlos Williams.
  • The lines "Next what's fear / And silence in / Wait just all we'll then / Upside-down everything / Turning done you're when" form a coherent sentence when reversing the word order (clued at by the previous line "Backwards ran your sentences").
  • The line "Backwards ran your sentences / Until reeled the mind" is a direct reference to the writer Wolcott Gibbs.[3]

Song Themes

Backwards, Body Parts, Colors, Escape, Lies And Deception, Music, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Poetry, Sleep, Upside-Down


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