We Live In A Dump

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Music video for "We Live In A Dump" directed by David Cowles and Liesje Kraai

song name We Live in a Dump
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Cast Your Pod To The Wind, Rock The Net: Musicians For Net Neutrality, The Else [Japanese Release], Them Ain't Big Eye Ants, Idlewild, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong
year 2007
first played April 26, 2006 (137 known performances)
run time 1:40
sung by John Flansburgh


  • A demo version of this song premiered on Dial-A-Song in early 2006, followed by a second version on Podcast 6A. This third version was recorded for Cast Your Pod to the Wind, The Else's bonus disc.
  • The demo of this song had the distinction of being the last track featured on Dial-A-Song's original (718) 387-6962 number, shortly before the number was disconnected.
  • Co-written by Chris Anderson of People Are Wrong! and The Last Car.
  • The music video was directed by David Cowles and Liesje Kraai; Cowles designed and storyboarded the video, while Kraai built the puppets and was the main puppeteer. Christina Capozzi Riley animated the 2D segments, Cowles and Jonathan Ackerman did additional puppeteering, and the puppets were filmed by Richard O'Connor of Asterisk.
  • Referred to by John Linnell as the "answer song" to the question posed by "Why Did You Grow A Beard?"'s title.
  • John Flansburgh has said that this song is about his apartment.
  • Contrary to what the narrator has heard, bats do not lay eggs because they are placental mammals.
  • "While the monkeys type away" is a reference to the infinite monkey theorem, which states that if there are an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters for an infinite period of time, they will eventually type the complete works of Shakespeare.

Song Themes

Animals, Aversion To Work, Criminal Activities, Dreams, Drinking, Not In Common Time, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Plans, Questions, Real Estate


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