Half A Boy

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song name Half a Boy
artist They Might Be Giants
releases TMBG Clock Radio
year 1987
run time 1:52
sung by John Flansburgh


  • This song's title may have been inspired by Nick Lowe's "Half A Boy And Half A Man". When asked about it on Tumblr in 2023, Flansburgh said:
I LOVE Nick Lowe, and I must have heard the song, and although I never got that record, I knew the title. (Music was and expensive hobby in the mid 80s, and songs were not so casually accessed!) The phrase was perfectly common, and I would imagine it was just in my head, but seeing the Nick Lowe title could easily have kicked things off.
  • This version and the Dial-A-Song recording both use the same vocals, while instruments on both recordings seem to be split apart. This version only contains synthesizer, whereas the Dial-A-Song recording contains drums and guitar instead.
  • This song was listed on an early 1987 song list, possibly for the band's second album.
  • This song was originally known as "The Writing's On The Wall" by fans before its inclusion on Clock Radio.

Song Themes

Bad English, Jail And Imprisonment, Lies And Deception, Love, Love Gone Sour, Transportation, Writing


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