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song name Idaho
artist John Linnell
releases State Songs, TMBG Clock Radio, Podcast 52
year 1999
first played November 14, 1999 (11 known performances)
run time 2:38
sung by John Linnell


The untold secret of this song is that it's based on a probably apocryphal story that I heard about, um, John Lennon which is that he one evening took so much LSD that he thought he had to drive his house and his wife and son were in bed asleep but he stayed up all night sitting at the window because he thought the house would crash if he went to sleep.
  • According to Lennon himself, this did happen, but in a different way than Linnell told it: he was in George Harrison's house, and thought the house was a giant submarine.[1]
  • About the sound of the car alarm used in this song, Linnell said:[2]
I was thinking this is a sound that will probably go out of style at some point and be forever associated with the late-20th century. So it's kind of a nice thing to put it on a record and have it preserved, for better or worse. There was one going off all day outside my studio one day. So, finally, I just took a tape recorder and held it up next to the window and got a nice recording for the album.
  • From the State Songs liner notes:
Too often identified only with its prodigious potato crop, the Gem State has many surprises in store for the uninitiated. Her vast hydroelectric dams produce enough power to deep-fry each of her potatoes millions of times over. Idaho can also claim one of the world's deepest gorges, Hell's Canyon, a worthy serving bowl for such a feast of french fries!

Song Themes

Drugs, Drums, Insanity, Music, Recycled Material, Real Estate, Sleep, Streets, Transportation, US States, Windows


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