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song name Ondine
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song, Power Of Dial-A-Song II: More Power To You, Back To Skull, TMBG Clock Radio, Podcast 43, John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1994
first played April 21, 1993 (11 known performances)
run time 2:31
sung by John Flansburgh; John Linnell sings harmony during the chorus


  • John Flansburgh on the song in a 1999 eMusic fan interview: "'Ondine' is a french name, and I went to college with a woman by that name, but the character in the song is fictitious."
  • This song was omitted from the German release of Back To Skull.
  • Ondine was a water nymph in a European folk tale who was adultered. She cursed her unfaithful partner so that he could not breathe if he fell asleep. The disease Ondine's Curse is named after her.

Song Themes

Criminal Activities, Death, Dreams, Killing Someone Again, Love Gone Sour, Mythology, People (Imaginary), Recycled Material


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Ondine is currently ranked #95 out of 910. (66 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.89)