I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You

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song name I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song, The Frank O' Toole Show, Power Of Dial-A-Song, Free When You Call From Work, Stumpbox Speak My Thoughts, Then: The Earlier Years
year 1983
run time 1:59
sung by John Flansburgh


  • Adaptation of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," written by Ned Washington & George Bassman and made famous by trombonist Tommy Dorsey in 1935. The song takes just the lyrics, and bears little musical resemblance to the original.
  • Flansburgh in a 1996 interview with ICE Magazine: "We actually took lyrics from another song and grafted them on to another piece of music, so it's not strictly a cover."
  • One of a few early "original songs written for Dial-A-Song," along with "Swing Is A Word" and "How Much Cake Can You Eat?". The opening notes of "How Much Cake Can You Eat?" can be very faintly heard at the end of the song.
  • The drums are a "Tango Fill" preset loop found on some early '80s Casiotone MT series keyboards. The band probably used Flansburgh's MT-65.[1]
  • The band had some issues clearing the rights to the song for release on Then: The Earlier Years.[2][3] This was part of the reason the compilation was delayed for a few months, and is likely why the lyrics are not printed in the accompanying booklet.

Song Themes

Falling, Love, Sadness, The Senses, TMBG Remakes


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