Sometimes A Lonely Way

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2013 video
2018 video, with scenes of New York City

song name Sometimes a Lonely Way
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Nanobots
year 2013
run time 2:40
sung by John Flansburgh


  • The line: "Not everyone who is lost is wondering why" might be a play on the line "Not all who wander are lost," which appears in a poem in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • The original 2013 video for this song incorporates elements of Hans Richter's "Rhythm 23".
  • In November 2018, the band posted a second video for this song, featuring scenes of New York City.
  • In an interview[1], Flansburgh described this song:
For me, it was interesting to write something that was kind of that down. It wasn't intentional. I was trying to figure out how to do something that was just simple. And I think the combination of a really unadorned arrangement and a very direct kind of sentiment added up to something that seemed much more intense than I was intending.

Song Themes

Animals, Doors, Loneliness, Sadness, Trade Names, War, Military


  • Watch it on Youtube.png - 2013 video
  • Watch it on Youtube.png - 2018 video

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