What Is A Shooting Star?

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song name What Is A Shooting Star?
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song, TMBG Unlimited - April (as "A Shooting Star Is Not A Star"), DialASong.com (2000-2006) (as "A Shooting Star is Not a Star"), Greasy Kid Stuff 2: More Songs From Inside The Radio, Here Comes Science
year 2000
first played September 13, 2009 (80 known performances)
run time 1:38
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell


  • Written by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer and originally recorded by Tom Glazer for the 1959 album Space Songs, the same disc on which the original "Why Does The Sun Shine?" appears. The album has been restored, in high fidelity, by Argosy Music. Information on Space Songs, as well as a free PDF songbook and links to digitally purchase the album and its five science-themed counterparts can be found here.
  • The song is a round, like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
  • The first recording of this song appeared on Dial-A-Song in July, 2000.
  • The music video for this song, appearing on 2009's Here Comes Science, was animated by Pascal Campion.
  • In actuality, meteors are incandescent due to ram pressure, not friction. The particles' high speeds compress the air in front, creating heat and light.

Song Themes

Educational, Falling, Questions, Space, Temperature, Title Not In Lyrics, TMBG Remakes


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