Dig My Grave

From This Might Be A Wiki
Drawing, from the Apollo 18 promo, representing the song.

song name Dig My Grave
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Apollo 18, TMBG Clock Radio, Flood + Apollo 18
year 1992
first played January 23, 1992 (298 known performances)
run time 1:08
sung by John Flansburgh


  • The first time a Flansburgh song was used as an album opener.
  • John Flansburgh on the song in a 1992 interview:[1]
On the very first song, "Dig My Grave," the vocal is sung through a fuzzbox. I don't think there's a legitimate producer who would be... well, I can't imagine there'd be too many that would be over-joyed when the band comes in and says. "We want the song to have a horrible vocal — a really, really ugly sound. So, what do you think, huh?" There tends not to be that kind of spirit behind things. But it sounds really cool. [...]

Let's see —- the song "Dig My Grave" —- the title is actually taken from a number of folk songs that have that same title. In New York, you can buy the Folkways record catalogue for about a dollar at Tower Records. I mean every record has been cut-out and on sale in their bargain bins for pennies. So I bought all these Folkways records and one of the records had a number of songs on it called "Dig My Grave" and it was pointing out how the same song could be transformed by going from one place to another. They had a New Orleans version of "Dig My Grave" and a Maine folksong version of it and all these various versions. They were like different songs. I thought it would be interesting to do a complete update. The only thing it has in common is the title, really, but that's a good title.

Song Themes

Eyes, Death, Religion, Supernatural, The Senses, Titles And Honorifics


Current Rating

You must be logged in to rate this. You can either login (if you have a userid) or create an account with us today.

Dig My Grave is currently ranked #639 out of 1010. (111 wikians have given it an average rating of 7.94)