James K. Polk (Dial-A-Song Anthology Version)

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song name James K. Polk
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity
year 2002
run time 3:05
sung by John Linnell


  • This version seems to have the same instrumentation as the Factory Showroom version, but with distinctly different vocals. Linnell's vocal performance is more laid back and treble-y, among other subtle differences. Also, the mix of the instrumentation is a bit different. The most prominent difference is the placement and volume of the acoustic guitar in the stereo field.
  • According to John Flansburgh, the reason for the difference was likely a clerical error, stating on Twitter, "Oh this seems to have actually been a clerical error no one caught. Simply a mistake pulling mislabeled recordings as finished masters."[1]

Song Themes

Cities, Educational, History, People (Real), Politics, Presidents, Titles And Honorifics, US States, War, Military


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