The Shadow Government

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Music video for "The Shadow Government"
A still from Colourmovie's animated video for The Shadow Government.

song name The Shadow Government
artist They Might Be Giants
releases The Else, Them Ain't Big Eye Ants
year 2007
first played May 3, 2007 (50 known performances)
run time 2:37
sung by John Flansburgh; John Linnell (sings the "Up the library steps" line)


  • "Finally, a protest song for drug dealers." - TMBG in an interview with Girlie Action
  • "'The Shadow Government' is about waking up from a nightmare only to find yourself in the same bad dream" guitarist John Flansburgh tells Spinner. "It's really a mad scramble of all a bunch of different events in these frightening, manic times in which we live," he explains.
  • In an interview with Spin, Flansburgh said, "A song like 'The Shadow Government,' which came from a direct quote from the Vice President, was very paranoid."

Song Themes

Bad English, Criminal Activities, Drugs, Intelligence, Espionage, Jail And Imprisonment, Occupations, Paranoia, Personification, Politics, Problems with Liner Notes, Questions, Space, Death, Telecommunication, Transportation, War, Military


  • Watch it on Youtube.png
  • Watch it on Youtube.png – Recorded live on May 16, 2007

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