Dallas (Studio)

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song name Dallas
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Venue Songs, Podcast 4A, Podcast 54
year 2005
run time 0:42
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell and Dan Miller


  • Originally performed live on 7/17, 7/18 2004. This song has since found its way into setlists several times.
  • Also known as "Trees" in the original concert setlist.
  • Venue song for Trees, which closed down in late 2005 for financial reasons, but reopened in 2009.
  • Supposedly featuring lyrics from a poem about trees by English poet Henry Treece. Treece, author of The Black Seasons (1945) and The Haunted Garden (1947), is not the author of the poem "Trees", which was written by Joyce Kilmer.
  • Music video designed and storyboarded by Kim Deitch, animated by Gerald Goulet, and produced by Asterisk. Originally, the music video was going to be animated by Tony Eastman, a friend of Deitch's, but he declined due to personal reasons. Goulet was then recommended by Suzan Pitt, but his work had to be done remotely due to him living in Montreal while Asterisk was based in New York, and the very small budget Asterisk had for the video prevented transportation.[1]
  • The song is in the style of the English art-rock band Yes. The first three words and beginning of the melody are identical to those of Yes's song "We Have Heaven" from the 1971 album Fragile, albeit at a faster tempo.
  • John Flansburgh on the song (from dvdtalkradio.com):
We did a song for a rock club in Dallas named Trees that we basically did in the style of Yes which was very very tricky ... the song was only a minute long but we probably spent four hours straight rehearsing ... that art-rock music from the 70s. ... we realized how much better the musicians in Yes must really be than we expected.

Song Themes

Animals, Falsetto, Insects, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Space, Trees And Other Plants, Venue Songs


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