Greek Number Three

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song name Greek #3
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Then: The Earlier Years, Selections From Then
year 1997
run time 1:29
sung by John Linnell


  • This version of "Number Three" is sung entirely in Greek. In a 2008 interview with Stay Thirsty Media, John Linnell explained, "I tried to learn Greek, but my Greek just stinks. So, I learned enough to be able to very roughly pronounce some of the words, but I never really learned how to speak Greek." According to the liner notes of Then: The Earlier Years:

The Greek pronunciation in Greek #3 by Mr. Linnell (who claims to be one-eighth Hellenic) was characterized by one Greek native as "crappy."

  • In this version, the narrator buys himself a bağlama instead of a silver guitar.
  • Although it does not appear on this recording, They Might Be Giants also created a traditionally Greek-styled backing track for "Number Three". The backing track was occasionally used in concert for live performances of "Number Three" (in English) in the 1980s and at several Then-themed shows in 1997.

Song Themes

Animals, Creative Drought, Food, Language, Mathematics, Money, Music, Occupations, Precious Metal, Presidents, Questions, Self-Reference, Problems With Liner Notes, Titles And Honorifics, Title Not In Lyrics


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