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They'll Need A Crane

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song name They'll Need a Crane
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Lincoln, Lincoln Sampler, They'll Need A Crane (EP), Ana Ng (Single) [European Release], Then: The Earlier Years, Direct From Brooklyn, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity
year 1988
first played June 20, 1988 (53 known performances)
run time 2:33
sung by John Linnell, John Flansburgh sings harmony during chorus

Trivia/Info

  • The song's video was directed by Adam Bernstein. It was filmed in Central Park, New York City at the Bethesda Terrace. From the tmbg.com Q&A: "Q: Who were the old guys in your 'They'll Need A Crane' video? A: They are professional old guys. The drummer worked for Frank Sinatra in the 50s. The bass player has retired from music and currently writes crosswords for the Daily News, and the keyboard guy is an actor."
  • In the Direct From Brooklyn DVD commentary, Flansburgh says of the bass player in the video, "He wrote crossword puzzles, which was really strange, and actually had sold a bunch of them to the New York Times, which I thought seemed like a dream job."
  • This song was performed on Late Night with David Letterman in 1989, which marked TMBG's network television debut.

Song Themes

Addiction, Compulsion, Aversion To Work, Body Parts, Drinking, Food, Funny But Sad, I Am, Kingdom Of Loathing Reference, Love Gone Sour, Music, People (Imaginary), Real Estate, Sadness, Telecommunication, Tongue-Twisters, Trade Names

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