Three Might Be Duende

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song name Three Might Be Duende
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Join Us
year 2011
first played September 24, 2010 (4 known performances)
run time 2:25
sung by John Flansburgh, David Driver, and Michael Cerveris


  • In June of 2010, the band released a 13-second YouTube clip of Flans, Linnell, Marty, Pat Dillett, Yuki Takahashi, and Greg Thompson working on "Three Might Be Duende" (at that time referred to by the working title "Duende") in Pat's new recording studio.
  • A duende is a mythological creature that lends its name to a Spanish concept of emotion in art. The word "duende" has often been called the most difficult word to translate from Spanish.[1]
  • When this song was performed live prior to its release on Join Us, in the first stanza the lyrics "Realness like this / Hard to dismiss / Three Might Be Duende, he insists" were used in place of "Orpheum act / Faustian pact / Three Might Be Duende, in fact". The lines "Fueled by their fire / Lost in their minds" were later replaced by "Forged by their past / First in their class".
  • At its first live performance, Flansburgh read his lyric sheet from inside a copy of journalist John Hersey's book Hiroshima, an account of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Song Themes

Animals, Colors, Clothes, Dreams, Fire, Music, Mythology, Non-John Vocals, Numbers, Plans, Problems With Liner Notes, Rhymes, Self-Reference, Sleep, Spanish, Temperature


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