I Can't Remember The Dream

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Official music video for "I Can't Remember The Dream"
Artwork for "I Can't Remember The Dream"

song name I Can't Remember the Dream
artist They Might Be Giants
releases I Can't Remember The Dream (Single), Super Cool (Single), Part Of You Wants To Believe Me (Single), BOOK
year 2021
first played December 15, 2022 (13 known performances)
run time 3:12
sung by John Linnell, John Flansburgh harmonizes during final chorus


  • This song and its music video, directed by Alex Italics, were released on August 10, 2021, alongside the release date/tracklist announcement for BOOK.
  • According to Italics in a reddit AMA, the music video was conceived, produced and released in a period of two and a half weeks. Italics and Flansburgh met in LA in late July 2021 to determine a concept for the video:
One of the images John initially brought to the table was the destruction of a trophy engraved with the words “Best Rock Video.” I was initially taken with this imagery for two reasons: (1) it’s a sentiment that is clearly in the “stop rock video” TMBG wheelhouse, and (2) I found it to be a hilariously both simultaneously self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating meta visual.
  • The lyrics of this song were released in March 2021 in a video posted to Facebook showing a preview of BOOK's book.
  • John Linnell describing the song in a 2021 interview: [1]
The lyric is actually one of the more straightforward ones, I think. Just very much explaining a situation some of us are familiar with. It also employs a somewhat familiar-sounding rhythm track that's kind of in the tradition of "Louie Louie" and "Sweet Jane" and things like that, where there's a rhythmic guitar part.
  • An alternate recording of the song was released in 2022, featuring John Linnell on banjo, and a completely different drum part.

Song Themes

Dreams, Everything, Forgetting And Remembering, Plants, Questions, Sadness, The Senses, Sleep, Writing


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