Till My Head Falls Off

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song name Till My Head Falls Off
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Factory Showroom, Music From Malcolm In The Middle (Promo), John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1996
first played August 14, 1996 (152 known performances)
run time 2:53
sung by John Linnell


  • Contrary to popular belief, the spelling of till in the title of this song is, in fact, correct. The preposition till has the same meaning as until, whereas 'til is thought to be an erroneous corruption of till resembling a truncated until.
  • From A Guided Tour Of Factory Showroom:
Performed at the breakneck tempo of "classic new wave", this song is the harangue of an embattled old-timer who refuses to yield the floor. Chorus: "I'm not done, and I won't be till my head falls off." Check out the rock power of bassist Graham Maby in the breakdown section.
  • Appears in the Malcolm In The Middle Episode "Home Alone 4", when the boys are cleaning the house, then making it messy again.
  • When played live (as on Severe Tire Damage), the word "decrepit" is often used in place of "forgetful."
  • Actor Jake Goldsbie, who plays Toby in the Canadian TV show Degrassi, chose this song when asked which song best describes his life.
  • Radio advertisements in Pittsburgh for the Factory Showroom tour used the opening riff as background music.

Song Themes

Addiction, Compulsion, Age, Bad English, Bodily Mutilation, Body Parts, Clothes, Drugs, Forgetting, Remembering, Heads, I Am, Insanity, Mathematics, Mirrors And Reflections, Questions, Recursion, Trade Names


  • Played live 1996 on Recovery - Youtube.png
  • Played live 1997 on Comedy Central's Viva Variety - Youtube.png

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