I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die
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|song name||I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||They Might Be Giants, 1985 Demo Tape [Hello re-issue], Then: The Earlier Years, Podcast 52|
|first played||November 12, 1985 (75 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh (sings the first verse alone); John Linnell (sings the second verse alone)|
- This song's title is a play on the lyric "I hope I die before I get old," from The Who's 1965 song "My Generation". Linnell explained the impulse behind this in a 1988 Boston Globe interview:
["I hope that I get old before I die"] seemed the more correct point of view. A lot of our songs are really pretty negative, but they're put in a friendly-sounding way. In that case, I was thinking about how our society doesn't look up to its elderly, and feeling like the old man I'll eventually become.
- Flansburgh, in a 1996 ICE Magazine interview:
Restless was doing a polka album, and they were interested in rock bands that did polka songs. Before we were signed, we tried to convince them to use this song [as well as Become A Robot]; they had no interest in it, so we put it on our first album.
- When this song was performed live in the 1980s, large cue cards upon which the lyrics were printed were held up, and the Johns encouraged the audience to sing along.
- The demo version of this song features only an accordion and duet vocals from Flansburgh and Linnell.
- This song's title appeared as "Hope That I Get Old Before I Die" on Then: The Earlier Years and in the liner notes of They Might Be Giants.
- A live performance of this song appears in Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns).
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