Authenticity Trip

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song name Authenticity Trip
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Album Raises New And Troubling Questions, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong, Modern
year 2011
first played January 25, 2015 (114 known performances)
run time 2:22
sung by John Flansburgh


I had a plan with some NJ folks for dinner, but because of a previous midday meeting, I somehow found myself [in Teaneck] hours early in the late afternoon, so I simply waited and walking around killing time (a predicament I am actually quite familiar with) I just took in the whole area, which, while filled with small businesses was essentially free of street traffic. It was VERY quiet and seemed... haunted... which became the frame of the song, then drawing on the area’s ghostly past...
  • Bubble's of Teaneck[1] is a laundromat located in Teaneck, New Jersey.
  • Flansburgh mentioned in an interview[2] that the "baby tooth" line from "Canajoharie" weaseled its way through his subconscious and showed up in the lyrics of this song.
  • 200-proof alcohol would be 100% alcohol by volume (according to the American definition of "proof" as twice the ABV). Such "absolute alcohol" is impossible to distill using traditional means, but can be done in a laboratory.

Song Themes

Accents, Animals, Body Parts, Clothes, Dancing, People (Imaginary), Reading, Relatives, School, Transportation, Writing, Yes


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