You'll Miss Me

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song name You'll Miss Me
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Lincoln, Then: The Earlier Years
year 1988
first played March 1, 1985 (17 known performances)
run time 1:53
sung by John Flansburgh


  • From the Then: The Earlier Years booklet: "We actually recorded a never-to-be-released You'll Miss Me with gruff voiced CBGB owner Hilly Kristal singing before we chickened out and had Flans sing it instead." Flansburgh mentioned the recording in a 2013 Tumblr post: "I am sorry to report that the recordings are probably lost. We had to erase tracks just to finish things, and I think that was what happened (no money for things like second machines to duplicate on). Many nice things from then are lost to the ages."
  • This studio version of the song drastically differs from earlier demos, which featured slow beats and mellow vocals. One demo of this song was identified as "You Kill Me" on some early demo cassettes which may predate the Wiggle Diskette, suggesting that that may have been the original title.
  • According to John Flansburgh, the band had difficulty translating their impassioned, energetic live performances of this song into a studio recording. He explained in a 2013 interview:
Y'know, what's funny about the You'll Miss Me song is I think in general people hear the recorded version of You'll Miss Me and they just kind of hate it. That song was a very screamy, kind of histrionic song, and it went down very well live. People found it very exciting. [...] It was fun to perform, and it really kind of blew the lid off people's expectations about what the show would be - it's a very impolite song. What's funny is that, I think as we got more focused on what we were good at in a more specific personal way, it sort of stopped fitting in with the rest of the show. In a way, You'll Miss Me was as much about the venues we were playing, which were these kind of half-performance art, half-disco late night demimonde places.
  • When asked in 2001 if there were any released songs that he felt weren't so successful, Flansburgh mentioned You'll Miss Me: "It dates back to our very earliest days as a band, and I think it might be a little too strident. Whenever I hear it, I'm just not sure that it works. [...] But I don't have any regrets. I wouldn't strike it from the record even if I could."[1]

Song Themes

Animals, Body Parts, Clothes, Criminal Activities, Death, Egoism And Pretentiousness, Epistolary Songs, Fire, Holidays, Love Gone Sour, Money, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Occupations, Real Estate, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Sadness, Size, Space, Tableware, Trees And Other Plants, Water, Weather


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