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From the enhanced No! CD

song name Violin
artist They Might Be Giants
releases, TMBG Unlimited - March, No!, TMBG Clock Radio
year 2000
first played June 11, 2002 (141 known performances)
run time 2:26
sung by John Linnell


  • This song was previewed in August 2000, on's No! section.
  • From TMBG Unlimited, "With Garo Yellin and Krystof Witek on strings, this is one of the most winding journeys from the No! album."
  • Reflecting on each track from No! for the tenth anniversary of the album's release, John and John said of this song:
This started out as a Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, and then it went seriously off the rails. We were subsequently very impressed when a kid showed us a T-shirt he had made that illustrated the 'George Washington's head' verse with quarters gradually adding up to a dollar. Everything started making sense after that.
  • During many shows of the Spine tour, the audience was instructed to perform the wave during the bridge of this song.
  • A video of the song appears as a bonus track on the Here Come The ABCs DVD.

Song Themes

Animals, Heads, Music, Not In Common Time, Onomatopoeia, People (Real), Presidents, Puns


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Violin is currently ranked #662 out of 1009. (58 wikians have given it an average rating of 7.84)