Interpretations:Doris Cunningham

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Does anyone know what's up with this song?

My first impression was that she was talking to a robot. I think we could probably get more out of it if we had more details on the song itself (the origin of the title, who it is we're hearing, etc.) Joygerhardt 12:04, 3 Jul 2005 (EDT)

The (Dink oo dink oo dink) is at least a close approximation of the nose twitching sound from the Bewitched television series.

Yes, I always imagine that Tabitha from Bewitched is the interview subject, as she tended to make that sound rather than talking. -- Thread Bomb (talk) 23:48, 20 April 2020 (EDT)

Hm, according to this, it's from the Frank O'Toole show. A fake interview. - Ecks

Always reminds me of The Cheat. Hmm..

This is the very end of a bizarre Dial-A-Song thing about how TMBG "lives like pigs", in which their voices get more and more distorted before just becoming random "tink" noises. Doesn't make it make any more sense, but still... strange that TMBG only used part of it on "Then".

Kinda reminds me of that paperclip on Windows.

Terri Gross/Fresh Air[edit]

The questions are being asked in voice that's a deadpan imitation of Terry Gross. Every time I listen to this my mind immediately goes into "interview on Fresh Air" mode with that voice.

I didn't know "imitations" could be done retroactively. Also, I'm pretty sure "public radio-ish mode" is pretty standard and not specific to her. But that's an interesting thought. --Self Called Nowhere 03:31, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

woman talking to her disabled child[edit]

this song is a prompt to play a song, to forget about recent trauma, from a distressed mother to her now mute child. how did i come to this?

  • it's easy to spot that the mother is hiding something tragic just by listening to her voice. she sounds like she's trying to act nice to give her child the illusion that it's all okay, when reality shows evidence for the opposite.
  • each of her questions is answered by a short melody. it sounds a bit like something played on a xylophone! from this, there is no indicator of the respondant's age, but with two clues, it's easy to figure out that it's child.
    • the way Doris talks sounds as though she talking down to a child.
    • come on, have you ever seen an adult play the xylophone? i don't think so!
  • the child using a xylophone instead of just saying yes, implying that he is unable to speak and relies on playing his favourite instrument, the xylophone, to communicate. this is how we know he's mute.
  • how did he become mute? this links back to our first clue, being that Doris talks as though she is distraught from a past accident. what could this accident be? my claim, a car accident.
    • this car accident would kill Doris' husband, explaining her distress, and cause significant trauma to the child's motor speech area of his brain, causing him to become mute.

poor kid, i feel really bad for both of them. this song's great as it's wide open for interpretation, just like the greatest of TMBG's line-up. Notshi0 (talk) 23:41, 11 July 2022 (EDT)

(the above interpretation is a joke. this 'song' is quite literally just an excerpt from a mock interview)