Mr. Tambourine Man
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|song name||Mr. Tambourine Man|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Unreleased, Stumpbox III The Ceaseless Screaming|
|first played||March 29, 1986 (47 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh, John Linnell|
- This song is a cover of The Byrds' rendition of "Mr. Tambourine Man" by Bob Dylan.
- "Weep Day" was inspired by this song. On the back cover of a Bob Dylan album, it had been hyphenated and separated in the most unusual of places — Mr. Tambo-urine Man. The Johns subsequently used these separate terms as names for two characters in the song.
- This song was first performed alongside a multitude of acoustic guitar players at a Pyramid Club show in 1986. In a letter labelling the show as "The Victory Show", fans were told to bring acoustic guitars and join the band onstage to perform the song.
- When performed live, "Mr. Tambourine Man" is often played as part of a medley with "Spy". A John flashes a T-shaped hand gesture during the wild improvisational ending to direct the band to launch into the song.
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