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song name Letterbox
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Flood, Don't Let's Start (EP) [Elektra 7" Re-issue], Dial-A-Song, Flood + Apollo 18
year 1990
first played July 7, 1983 (286 known performances)
run time 1:25
sung by John Linnell & John Flansburgh


  • According to a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, recording the song didn't require very many takes, despite its complexity. "I think this song was in our show for awhile before we recorded it. In general we try to learn the songs before the tape starts rolling to avoid embarrassment."
  • "I wrote this song about eight years ago, back when we were young and good." - John Linnell, 1988-09-28

Song Themes

Animals, Backwards, Bodily Mutilation, Falsetto, Forgetting And Remembering, Friendship, Heads, Letters Of The Alphabet, Love, Not In Common Time, Oblique Cliches, Problems With Liner Notes, Questions, Sadness, Size, Spines, Water, Weather, Writing


  • Watch it on Youtube.png live on 120 Minutes

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Letterbox is currently ranked #83 out of 1005. (174 wikians have given it an average rating of 9.00)