Nightgown Of The Sullen Moon

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song name Nightgown of the Sullen Moon
artist They Might Be Giants
releases They'll Need A Crane (EP), Ana Ng (Single) [UK Release], Don't Let's Start (Album), Miscellaneous T, Then: The Earlier Years, Selections From Then, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong
year 1989
run time 1:59
sung by John Linnell


  • Nightgown of the Sullen Moon is a children's book, but Linnell didn't know it when he wrote the song. Linnell, in a 2002 interview on WBUR:
Nightgown of the Sullen Moon is a song that... there was a misunderstanding about the origin of that. Somebody showed me a drawing that their kid had done. I think I had this sort of fantasy of doing a "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" kind of thing. I was like "oh, it's cute, what an amazing expression for a kid, and of course no adult could ever think of something as interesting as that." So I cook up this whole song, and then it turned out it was the name of a children's book.
  • In issue #36 of Coraline-creator Neil Gaiman's Sandman ("Over the Sea to Sky"), DJ Barbara Wong of WRAT New York is heard announcing this song on her pre-dawn radio show.

Song Themes

Clothes, Doors, Drugs, Falling, Fire, Forgetting, Remembering, Hands, Heads, Recycled Material, Science, Size, Space, Super-Human Qualities, Time, Windows


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