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This page is for the They Might Be Giants song, Idlewild. For the record label of the same name, see Idlewild Recordings. For the 2014 compilation album, see Idlewild (Album).
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song name Idlewild
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song, Bed, Bed, Bed (Book), Free Tunes
year 2003
first played July 5, 2003 (15 known performances)
run time 1:35
sung by John Flansburgh


  • According to Flans, "it's kind of a dream of a perfect day in New York City, sometime in the past."
  • Recorded with TMBG Mini-Brass for the NPR radio show, Studio 360.
  • Idlewild Airport was renamed to JFK Airport in 1963.
  • Coney Island's Steeplechase Park closed in 1964.

Song Themes

Flying, New York City, Temperature, The Senses, Transportation, Writing


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