They Might Be Giants

Back To Skull

Back To Skull is the first single from They Might Be Giants' full band debut "John Henry", which arrived in stores September 13, 1994. They Might Be Giants is still John Linnell (keyboars, vocals) and John Flansburgh (guitar, vocals), but they've been joined by Brian Doherty (drums), Tony Maimone (bass on 1 & 5), and Graham Maby (bass on 2 & 4). Track 5 remix by The Dust Brothers (Mike Simpson and John King). Remix engineered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk. All songs written by They Might Be Giants.

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Back To Skull

* Snail Shell
* Ondine
* She Was A Hotel Detective
* Mrs. Train
* Snail Dust (The Dust Brothers Remix of Snail Shell)

Snail Shell...

Sir Hand,
Or is it Ma'am?
I fell out of my right place again.
And you considered me.
And now I'm where a snail has to be.

I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.

Was it something you would do for anybody?
Was it what you'd only do for me?
I need to know because you see,
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.

Friend, look what you gave.
And how can you ever be repaid?
How may I give you a hand
From the position at your feet where I stand?

So let me thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.
I'd like to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.

Was it something you would do for anybody?
Was it what you'd only do for me?
I need to know because you see,
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.

Snail Shell
Thank you

Was it something you would do for anybody?
Was it what you'd only do for me?
Or was it something where you acted when you saw the need
And knew that there would be a way the act could be repaid
And so it may, but for today.
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.



Ondine...

Ondine, you won.
All she left behind was an unloaded gun.
And my face
Is blushing,
For all the things she's done.
You couldn't miss that girl,
'Cause here she comes.

Ondine, back up.
Run over my body with your pick-up truck.
And finish what you started,
Because I'm done.
I searched the whole world over
To find these words.

She said:
I had the strangest dream.
I dreamed I killed you again.
Don't make me kill you again,
'Cause I couldn't bear to kill you again.

Ondine was here.
You couldn't even take away a souvenir
Of what's left of that singer.
She used to call me that.
I searched the whole world over
To find these words.

She said:
I had the strangest dream.
I dreamed I killed you again.
Don't make me kill you again,
'Cause I couldn't bear to kill you...

I had the strangest dream.
I dreamed I killed you again.
Don't make me kill you again,
'Cause I couldn't bear to kill you again.



She Was A Hotel Detective...

Night-time lady.
She says maybe.
In the all-night laundromat.
Wait one minute.
I have seen her.
She's a billionaire.

She was a hotel detective.
But now she's gotten her motive.
I don't think it was the money.
She didn't care about expensive things.
No furs or pearls or fancy cars or diamond rings.

She was a hotel detective.
But now she's better connected.
She didn't have to change anything.
Just the stencil on her window.

She used to be quite a lady.
She drove the underworld crazy.
But now she goes insane in her way
When it suits her occupation.

She read that motel directive.
It told her she was defective.
I guess she found an easier way
Up the ladder and she took it.
Now that lady is running the world.

Is she lonely?
She's the only
Girl in this back alleyway.
Will she shoot you?
She won't have to.
You're already dead.



Mrs. Train...

I don't want to be first in line to see Mrs. Train.
I expect that it doesn't matter to Mrs. Train.
Being comfortable with yourself and
Being patient and taking your time
Are the things that Mrs. Train can understand.

I've never seen a train like this before.
But then again there's never been
A train like this before, like Mrs. Train.
And someone's got to be the one to declare
That they want to be next in line to see Mrs. Train

But I don't want to be first in line to see Mrs. Train.
I expect that it doesn't matter to Mrs. Train.
Being patient and taking your time
Are things a train can understand.
And I'll be happy when I finally take her hand.

There's never been a train like this before.
Someone's got to be the one
At the head of the line,
The first to see Mrs. Train.
But I'm not in any rush to head the line
And saw the line has a missing head.

But I don't want to be first in line to see the missing head.
I expect that it doesn't matter to the missing head.
Being patient and taking your time
Are things that a head can understand.
And I'll be happy when I finally take its hand.

There's never been a head like this before.
Someone's got to be the one
At the head of the line
The first to see the missing head.
But I'm not in any rush to head the line
And saw the line has a missing head.

And I don't want to be first in line to see the missing head.
I expect that it doesn't matter to the missing head.
Being patient and taking your time
Are things that a head can understand.
And I'll be happy when I finally take its hand.

I don't want to be first in line to see the missing head.
I expect that it doesn't matter to missing head.
Being patient and taking your time
Are things that a head can understand.
And I'll be happy when I finally take its head.



Snail Dust......

The Dust Brothers Remix of Snail Shell

Sir Hand,
Or is it Ma'am?
I fell out of my right place again.
And you considered me.
And now I'm where a snail has to be.

I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.

Was it something you would do for anybody?
Was it what you'd only do for me?
I need to know because you see,
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.

Friend, look what you gave.
And how can you ever be repaid?
How may I give you a hand
From the position at your feet where I stand?

So let me thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.
I'd like to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.

Was it something you would do for anybody?
Was it what you'd only do for me?
I need to know because you see,
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.

Snail Shell
Thank you

Was it something you would do for anybody?
Was it what you'd only do for me?
Or was it something where you acted when you saw the need
And knew that there would be a way the act could be repaid
And so it may, but for today.
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell.


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

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