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Music video for "Dallas"
The venue
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song name Dallas
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Venue Songs, Free Tunes
year 2004
first played July 17, 2004 (30 known performances)
run time 0:42
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell and Dan Miller


  • This is the venue song for Trees, which closed down in late 2005 for financial reasons, but reopened in 2009. (The song was known as "Trees" in the original concert setlist.) It was originally performed live on July 17th and 18th 2004, but has since found its way into setlists several times.
  • Supposedly featuring lyrics from a poem about trees by English poet Henry Treece. Treece, author of The Black Seasons (1945) and The Haunted Garden (1947), is not the author of the poem "Trees", which was written by Joyce Kilmer.
  • The song is in the style of the English art-rock band Yes. The first three words and beginning of the melody are identical to those of Yes's song "We Have Heaven" from the 1971 album Fragile, albeit at a faster tempo.
  • John Flansburgh on the song (from dvdtalkradio.com):
We did a song for a rock club in Dallas named Trees that we basically did in the style of Yes which was very very tricky ... the song was only a minute long but we probably spent four hours straight rehearsing ... that art-rock music from the 70s. ... we realized how much better the musicians in Yes must really be than we expected.

Song Themes

Animals, Falsetto, Insects, Not In Common Time, Plants, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Space, Venue Songs, Weapons


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