Talk:Four Of Two

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Maybe I'm an idiot, but Four Of Two means 1:56 right? - Blitz

You're right, Blitz, about the 1:56 part. I'll need more solid evidence of any idiocy, though, to make a judgement on that. ;)

I found some pictures of the clock in question. Here it is before installation, sticking out of the side of the building, and another shot. - Kassi

Be-Four of Two?[edit]

I used to own a creepier and definitely non-kids' version of this song about...hmm...ten years ago. Let's call it a demo. Mr. Narrator of this "Four of Two", which takes place wholly in his bedroom, ends up choking himself to death to "break the chain of inactivity" and, once he's dead his eyes "continue to stare at the clock on the wall, and it still said four of two". I love it. Pretty much all accordion. The cassette (ca-what?) I had it on died at some point--I really love that incarnation (more so than the No! go) and would love to hear it again. Does anyone know where I could get a copy? --RonAmoriM 22:25, 21 Nov 2005 (EST)

Wait, that link's busted. Uh... I have it, I can get it to you soon. -Ecks

Awesome. I really appreciate it. --RonAmoriM 23:19, 22 Nov 2005 (EST)

About the interpretations[edit]

I assure you that the girl in both versions was merely waiting for the clock to be fixed and going again so that she can go and meet the narrator. I think she wasn't mean.

I don't buy that at all. I mean, how would she know when it was going to be? Why wouldn't she, you know, have made the plans by a clock that wasn't broken? Isn't that a lot less confusing? I MAINTAIN THAT SHE IS A TOTAL BITCH. SHE IS STANDING UP JOHN LINNELL. JOHN FUCKING LINNELL. (Yes yes, I am aware that it is a fictional song, don't mind me...) --Self Called Nowhere 11:34, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
I agree! --༺𝄞𝄆Ⓠⓤⓔⓛ⎈Ⓓⓞⓜⓜⓐⓖⓔ𝄇༻ 09:04, 13 May 2010 (UTC)
Ouch. -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")


All right. So, against my wishes, this song has held court in my brain for a fairly long time now and this is the end result...

1. I think I can wrap my mind around most of the occurrences in this song--the stopped clock, the man getting bored and sleepy, the woman who stands up Linnell (highly improbable though that might be, haha), and even a future than includes "flying cars and gigantic metal bugs." Let's face it, that could actually happen. What bothers me the most is this: this guy lays down on the sidewalk of a busy intersection in one of the busiest cities in the world, falls asleep, and NO ONE BOTHERS HIM for DECADES?! Not one single kind soul wondering if he's OK? Not even one police officer dragging him to prison for vagrancy or something? I demand answers, John Linnell.

2. I would like to have been a fly on the wall in the room at the time when Linnell looked at the demo version of this and said, "Y'know, if I eliminate the death scene, this would make a great kids song!" And then watch the expression on the face of Flansburgh or whoever else was there. Hard to imagine how that transition came about. --MisterMe 14:36, 25 July 2012 (EDT)

Google maps[edit]

If you check Google maps street view at "5th Ave at 22nd Street, NY" there is actually a large clock sticking out of the side of the building on the south corner of the intersection. (interestingly, the current image also feature a girl waiting with an umbrella). Unfortunately, the clock does appear to work and displays a time other than 1:56. Also unfortunately, the building address is 155 5th... 156 is a couple blocks down and another nice building. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:53, January 16, 2014