How Now Dark Cloud?

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song name How Now Dark Cloud?
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Album Raises New And Troubling Questions, Podcast 52
year 2011
run time 2:07
sung by John Flansburgh


  • The title for this song was decided through a simple poll of TMBG's Twitter followers. The other potential title was "Lazy Eye".
  • "How now" is an archaic greeting meaning "what is that?". The title of this song is likely a play on the phrase "how now brown cow", a common example of diphthongs in the English language.
  • The lines "This is the end of the half-written tale / Of a man and the cake and the rain" are They Might Be Giants' second reference to the 1968 Richard Harris single, "MacArthur Park". MacArthur Park is a narrative ballad from the point of view of a man whose love affair has ended and contains the line, "Someone left the cake out in the rain".
  • The lines "You had your fun and had love put aside / Been crushed by the tumblin' tide" are a reference to "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers: "I've been loved and put aside / I've been crushed by tumbling tide".

Song Themes

Body Parts, Colors, Clothes, Food, People (Imaginary), Plans, Poison, Puns, Questions, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Sea, Time, Titles And Honorifics, Transportation, Trees And Other Plants, Weather, Writing


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