Music Monday with Alex: Whistling Giants

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Original graphic by The Tattooed Book Geek

The entry on “Glen Jones & X-Ray Burns” is coming, I’ve been sifting the best information from a long and storied history to ensure that you get the full experience. To tide you over we now go live to any extended car trip with my brother. I could call his music collection eclectic and that still wouldn’t give you a complete idea of just how random his shuffle can get.

One song that’s been coming up a lot is “Whistling in the Dark” by They Might Be Giants. I’ve already had it explained that not a lot of their songs are meant to make sense or be about anything beyond the Johns’ trying to make each other laugh will they’re singing and having said that, “Whistling In The Dark” makes no sense. I understand the lyrics insofar as I know what’s being said but I couldn’t tell you what the narrative is supposed to be. Maybe I’m looking for something that doesn’t exist but:

There’s a guy and this creepy lady (I always picture an old and disheveled version of the girl from The Ring.) is cradling him in a dank cave or cabin lit by and single candle and whistling into his ear between whispers, forever. Then some random dude appears and hits him with a rock and he’s been in a padded cell the entire time.

I get other mental images in my head from this song but I don’t know how to write them down without inflicting psychic damage.

They Might Be Giants
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A woman came up to me and said
“I’d like to poison your mind
With wrong ideas that appeal to you
Though I am not unkind”
She looked at me, I looked at something
Written across her scalp
And these are the words that it faintly said
As I tried to call for help

There’s only one thing that I know how to do well
And I’ve often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that’s be you,
Be what you’re like,
Be like yourself,
And so I’m having a wonderful time
But I’d rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
There’s only one thing that I like
And that is whistling in the dark

A man came up to me and said
“I’d like to change your mind
By hitting it with a rock,” he said,
“Though I am not unkind.”
We laughed at his little joke
And then I happily walked away
And hit my head on the wall of the jail
Where the two of us live today.

There’s only one thing that I know how to do well
And I’ve often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that’s be you,
Be what you’re like,
Be like yourself,
And so I’m having a wonderful time
But I’d rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
There’s only one thing that I like
And that is whistling in the dark

There’s only one thing that I know how to do well
And I’ve often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that’s be you,
Be what you’re like,
Be like yourself,
And so I’m having a wonderful time
But I’d rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling, whistling
Whistling in the dark

Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)

Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)

Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)

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