Shoehorn With Teeth

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song name Shoehorn with Teeth
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Lincoln, Then: The Earlier Years
year 1988
first played March 4, 1987 (430 known performances)
run time 1:13
sung by John Flansburgh (first verse alone), John Linnell (second verse alone)


  • The glockenspiel was originally brought out for Brian Doherty to play during the slow version of "Why Does The Sun Shine?." After a while, the band decided to goof on the audience by making a big show of bringing out the glockenspiel and make them think that They were going to play one song and then actually playing another, unexpected song which was not previously in the live set. What made it even more comical is the fact that the replacement song only used the glockenspiel for three notes. The tradition was handed off to Dan Hickey, and the band continued to make a big show of introducing the song whenever it was played right up until the glockenspiel was retired and given away to a young fan at a show in 2002.
  • In several live shows, Marty Beller used three desk bells affixed to a 2x4 block while performing the song in lieu of the glockenspiel.
  • This song has been covered by Da Vinci's Notebook with Moxy Früvous.
  • The note hit on the glockenspiel is an A (recorded with a B-flat note).

Song Themes

Body Parts, Death, Furniture, Music, Questions, Swing Feel, Title Not In Lyrics, Transportation


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