They Might Be Giants

Apollo 18


In this 1992 John and John get together to crank out the fourth album from They Might Be Giants, with a whopping 38 tracks! Well, that's 38 tracks if you count the entire Fingertips series.

They Might Be Giants is still John Linnell & John Flansburgh. Violin on Dig My Grave and Hall of Heads: Mark Feldman, Cello on Dig My Grave: Garo Yellin, Drums on She's Actual Size: Jim Thomas, Vocal on The Guitar: Laura Cantrell, Trumpet on The Guitar: Frank London, Vocal on Hall of Heads: Juilie Cohen, Banjo and Vocal on Fingertips (18 & 36): Peter Stampfel, Vocal on Fingertips (19): Nicolas Hill, Vocal on Fingertips (20 & 25): Elma Mayer, Vocal on Fingertips (22 & 27): Brian Dewan, and Vocal on Fingertips (30): Amy Allison.

All lyrics copyright 1992 They Might Be Giants

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Apollo 18

* Dig My Grave
* I Palindrome I
* She's Actual Size
* My Evil Twin
* Mammal
* The Statue Got Me High
* Spider
* The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
* Dinner Bell
* Narrow Your Eyes
* Hall Of Heads
* Which Describes How You're Feeling
* See The Constellation
* If I Wasn't Shy
* Turn Around
* Hypnotist Of Ladies
* Fingertips
* Space Suit


Dig My Grave...

Dig My grave
Dig My grave

Every time I look in your eyes
I see St. Peter wave
Dig my grave

Every time you call my name
I hear the angels say
"Dig my grave"



I Palindrome I...

Someday mother will die and I'll get the money
Mom leans down and says, "my sentiments exactly,
you son of a bitch"
I palindrome I
and I am a snake head eating
the head on the opposite side
I palindrome I

see that bulletproof dress hanging from the clothesline
see the medical chart with the random zig-zag
now I'll help it decide
I palindrome I

"Son I am able," she said "though you scare me."
"Watch," said I
"beloved," I said "watch me scare you though." said she,
"able am I, Son."

See the spring of the grandfather clock unwinding
See the hands of my offspring making windmills
Dad palindrome Dad
I palindrome I



She's Actual Size...

Words fail. Buildings tumble. The ground opens wide.
Light beams down from heaven.
She stands before my eyes.

She's actual size, but she seems much bigger to me.
Squares may look distant in her rear view mirror
but they're actual size - as she drives away.

Big men often tremble as they step aside.
I thought I was big once. She changed my mind.

She's actual size but she seems much bigger to me.
I've never known anybody like her.
She's actual size, nationwide, believe.

She's got all the money money couldn't buy.
She;s got something special that someone left behind.

She's actual size but she seems much bigger to me.
Squares may look distant in her rear view mirror
but they're actual size - actual size to her.

Her face hangs in portrait on the post office wall.
She's stuck in my heart now, where my blood belongs.

She's actual size but she seems much bigger to me.
I've never known anybody like her.
She's actual size - actual size, believe.



My Evil Twin...

My evil twin, bad weather friend
He always wants to start when I want to begin
It scares me so, like I scare myself
with that book of Nostradamus up upon my shelf

Playing hangman 'til the morning light
Doing donuts on the neighbors lawn
Then sleep all through the day, get up and start again
I can hear some sirens somewhere but I don't know why

My evil twin runs home again
Search lights look for an alibi, but I'll be home by then

Here he comes again, my evil twin
My friends have seen him hiding underneath my skin

WHo cut the arm off the voodoo doll
That resembles a Republican president from long ago
I'd hate to see you leave
'cause I have grown so grateful for the
blame you save me from

I know he looks like me
Hates work like me
and walks like me
He's even got a twin like me

My evil twin, bad weather friend
I know some day I'll meet him
but I don't know where or when



Mammal...

Glass of milk
Standing in between extinction in the cold
and explosive radiating growth.
So the warm blood flows
Through the large four-chambered heart,
Maintaining the very high metabolism rate they have.

Mammal, mammal
Their names are called
They raise a paw
The bat, the cat
Dolphin and dog
Koala bear and hog

One of us might lose his hair
But you're reminded that it once was there
From the embryonic whale to the monkey with no tail.
So the warm blood flows
with the red blood cells, lacking nuclei
Through the large four-chambered heart
Maintaining the very high metabolism rate they have
Mammal, mammal
their names are called
They raise a paw
The bat, the cat
Dolphin and dog
Koala bear and hog
Plecental the sister of her brother Marsupial
Their cousin called Monotreme
Dead uncle Allotheria

Mammal, mammal
Their names are called
They raise a paw
The bat, the cat
Dolphin and dog
Koala bear and hog
The fox, the ox
Giraffe and shrew
Echidna, caribou



The Statue Got Me High...

The statue got me high
The statue got me high
A monument of granite sent a beam into my eye
The statue made me die
The statue made me die
It took my hand it killed me and it threw me to the sky

The stone it called to me
(and now I see the things the stone has shown to me)
A rock that spoke a word
(and animated mineral it can be heard)

And though I once preferred a human being's company
they pale before the monolith that towers over me

The statue got me high
The statue got me high
The truth is where the sculptor's chisel chipped away the lie
The statue made me fry
The statue made me fry
My coat contained a furnace where there used to be a guy

The stone it called to me
(and now I see the things the stone has shown to me)
A rock that spoke a word
(an animated mineral it can be heard)

And as the screaming fire engine siren filled the air
the evidence had vanished from my charred and smoking chair
and what they found was just a statue
standing where the statue got me high

And now it is your turn
(your turn to hear the stone and then your turn to burn)
The stone it calls to you
(you can't refuse to do the things it tells you to)

And as the screaming fire engine siren fills the air
The evidence will vanish from your charred and smoking chair
and what they found was just a statue
standing where the statue got me high
and what they'll find is just a statue
standing where the statue got you high



Spider...




The Guitar...

Hey
Who's that playing
Hey
The guitar?

Is it Jim?
I don't know
Is it Jim?
I don't know

In the space ship, the silver spave ship, the lion takes control
In the space ship, the silver spave ship, the lion takes control

Hush my darling, be still my darling,
the lion's on the phone
Hush my darling, be still my darling,
the lion's on the phone

Turn it up
the guitar
I can't hear
the guitar

In the space ship, the silver space ship, the lion waves good-bye
In the space ship, the silver space ship, the lion waves good-bye



Dinner Bell...

I've been leaving on my things
so in the morning when the morning bird sings
there's still dinner on my dinner jacket
'til the dinner bell rings

Experimental dog
Salivating dog
Good dog
dinner bell dinner bell do the bell thing
dinner bell dinner bell ring

shoulder, bicep, elbow, arm
forearm, thumb, wrist, knuckle, palm
middle, pinky, index, ring
dinner bell dinner bell ding

I don't want a pizza, I don't want a piece of
peanut brittle, I don't want a pear.
I don't want a bagel I don't want a bean I wouldn't like
a baga of beef or a berr or a
cup of chowder, corn, cake or creamed cauliflower cause I'm
waiting for the dinner bell to do the bell thing
dinner bell dinner bell ring

I don't know whether I'd rather be having a bottle of vinegar
I don't know whether I'd rather be having an egg.
I don't know whether I'd rather be having an order of bacon
or wheather I'd rather be having a basket of garlic bread.
I don't know whether I'd rather be having some pie or
saving my appetite 'cause I'm
waiting for the dinner bell to do the bell thing
dinner bell dinner bell ring



Narrow Your Eyes...

I don't want to change your mind
I don't want to think about your mind
They say love is blind
I don't think you're blind
You don't want to understand
and I don't want to shake your father;s hand
and walk in the sand
and act like a man

I get on the bus and ride past our stop
and though I'm late
I can't get off
I just can't bear to tell you some lies
and narrow your eyes
narrow your eyes

We'll take back every thing we said
Split up all the things and move ahead
Forgot how you said
to split your side off the bed

I get on my bike
Ride fown our block
Ride through the world
Thru the green lights
But when I think of all your advice
I narrow my eyes
Narrow my eyes

Now let's toast the sad cold fact
Our love's never coming back
and we'll race to the bottom of a glass
so narrow your eyes
Narrow your eyes



Hall of Heads...

Here in the hall of heads
You look through the keyhole
This is the hall of heads
One step through the dorrway

Roll out that special head
This is our favorite one
Please don't try to leave
Don't leave the hall of heads

Hide underneath the porch
Hide down behind the furnace
You can't run away
Your feet won't let you run

You can't get away
You can't really hide
Once you hear the call
The song of the hall of heads

You can't run away
Your feet won't help you run
You can't run away
Out of the hall of heads



Which Describes How you're Feeling...

Which describes how you're feeling all the time
Which describes how you're feeling all the
feeling all the time
There's this guy in the sky and he makes you want to
want to make you sigh, like the time
when you felt like you're feeling all the time
and you cired at the cracks in the ceiling all the time
you said "I'm feeling fine" but it didn't really rhyme
it didn't rhyme, overseas
Which describes how you're feeling all the time

It describes how you're feeling

Which describes how you're feeling all the time
when you lie that your life's unappealing all the time
but your lie doesn't rhyme with the word overseas
overseas there's this guy
who describes how you're feeling all the time
in his mind he can find how you're feeling all the time
from behind distant lines
even straighter than his spine
which is fine
which is fine
and describes how you're feeling all the time



See the Constellation...

I lay my head on the railroad track
Stare at the sku all painted up
Your train is gone, won't be coming back

See the constellation ride across the sky
No cigar, no lady on his arm
Just a guy made of dots and line

Two years ago - moved from my town
I was looking up past the city lights
But the city lights got in my way

I found my mind on the ground below
I was looking down - it was looking back
I was in the sky all dressed in black

Can you hear what I see in the sky?



If I Wasn't Shy...

I'd burn all the uniforms
I'd burn all the "Ask Me" buttons
I'd burn all the intercoms
I'd burn all the time clock cards

I'd steal somebody's Cadillac
I'd steal anything I lack
I'd steal all the microphones
from all the masters of ceremony

I'd ask you, if you don't mind,
to kiss you a hundred times



Turn Around...

I was working all night in my office
when I man I had recently killed
called me up from a phone near my building
so I looked out the window at him
he had the same obsequious manner
that was the reason I had him killed
so to calm my nerves I sang this song
to him, over the phone

Turn around, turn around
There's a thing there that can be found
Turn around, turn around
It's a human skull on the ground
Human skull on the ground
Turn around

I was out by myself in the graveyard
I was doing an interpretive dance
when I felt something heavy and pointed
strike me in the back of my neck
and then the ghost of my dance instructor
pushed me down into an open grave
and as dirt rained fown she played a xylophone
and sang me this song

We were waving our arms out the window
of a fast-moving passenger train
acting in an irresponsible fashion
until the engineer whose back had been turned
and who we thought would find us highly amusing
quickly swiveled his head around
and his fave which was a paper-white mask of evil
sang us this song



Hypnotist of Ladies...

He's a hypnotits, hypnotist of ladies
You're getting sleepy, very sleepy

He's a hypnotist, hypnotist of ladies
Never had a pocket watch, never counted backwards

You won't remember why you liked him



FingerTips...

Everything's catching on fire
Yes, everything's catching on fire

Fingertips
Fingertips

I hear the wind blow
I hear the wind blow
It seems to say: "Hello, Hello,
I'm the one who loves you so."

Hey now everybody now
Hey no everybody
Hey now every body now

Who's that standing out my window?

I found a new friend
underneath my pillow

Come on and wreck my car (repeat)

Aren't you the guy who hit me in the eye? (repeat)

Please pass the milk, Please (repeat)

Leave me alone, leave me alone

Who's knocking on the wall?

All alone all alone
all by myself

What's that blue thing doing here?

Something grabbed ahold of my hand
I didn't know what had my hand
but that's when all my troubles began

I cannot understand you
I don't understand you
I don't understand the things you say
I can't understand a single word
I don't understand you
I just don't understand you
I cannot understand you
I don't understand you

I head a sound, I turned around
I turned around to find the thing
that made the sound

Mysterious whisper (repeat)

The day that love came to play

I'm having a heart attack
I'm having a heart attack (repeat)

Fingertips
Fingertips

I walk along darkened corridors
and I walk along darkened corridors (repeat)



Space Suit...


Created By: Craig -PJ- Hansen
Last Modified: January 17, 1996
Email: pjhansen@tmbg.org

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