She's An Angel

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song name She's an Angel
artist They Might Be Giants
releases They Might Be Giants, Don't Let's Start (EP) [Elektra Re-issue], Then: The Earlier Years, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong
year 1986
first played February 7, 1987 (471 known performances)
run time 2:37
sung by John Linnell


  • According to John Flansburgh, this is the only TMBG song played using an alternate guitar tuning—the high E is dropped to a D for slide guitar playing.
  • John Linnell in a 1998 interview: "There's a bass riff in "She's An Angel" that is totally taken from "Sweet Home Alabama." I think the statute of limitations has finally run out on that one, though. Or maybe not - maybe they'll come after us. That was consciously taken from that song."
  • The band intended to replace the synth bass with an accordion bass, but they "got distracted," according to the Then: The Earlier Years liner notes.
  • In several live performances in the late-2000s, Linnell started a downbeat drum machine loop on a Kaoss Pad for the verses.
  • In many live performances, Flansburgh harmonizes during the second verse.
  • This song has been covered by The Bruce Lee Band, Hey Mercedes, and by Charles Douglas on Hello Radio: The Songs Of They Might Be Giants.

Song Themes

Animals, Death, Long, Long, Love, Numbers, Oblique Cliches, Occupations, Questions, Religion, Supernatural, Science, Telecommunication, Transportation


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