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Sunday Samples 278 (two days late)

May 29, 2012

The other day on Twitter, @ChrisHallbeck — who draws the webcomics The Book of Biff, Maximumble, and Minimumble — made this comment.

I, being a huge nerd, recognized it as a reference to They Might Be Giants’ first album, which nobody remembers anymore. Well, nobody but me and Chris, evidently. It’s an older style, which as they’ve moved further away from it I’ve fallen away from listening to them. Their videos from this era have a real DIY quality, even more so than most mid-1980s music videos do. Here’s “Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head”.

As your body floats down Third Street with the burn-smell factory closing up
Yes it’s sad to say you will romanticize all the things you’ve known before
It was not not not so great
It was not not not so great
And as you take a bath in that beaten path there’s a pounding at the door

Well it’s a mighty zombie talking of some love and posterity
He says “The good old days never say good-bye if you keep this in your mind:
You need some lo-lo-loving arms
You need some lo-lo-loving arms”
And as you fall from grace the only words you say are

Put your hand inside the puppet head
Put your hand inside the puppet head
Put your hand inside
Put your hand inside
Put your hand inside the puppet head

Ads up in the subway are the work of someone trying to please their boss
And though the guy’s a pig we all know what he wants is just to please somebody else
If the pu-pu-puppet head
Was only bu-bu-busted in
It would be a better thing for everyone involved and we wouldn’t have to cry

Put your hand inside the puppet head
Put your hand inside the puppet head
Put your hand inside
Put your hand inside
Put your hand inside the puppet head

Memo to myself:
Do the dumb things I gotta do
Touch the puppet head

Quit my job down at the carwash; didn’t have to write no-one a good-bye note
That said the check’s in the mail and I’ll see you in church and don’t you ever change
If the pu-pu-puppet head
Was only bu-bu-busted in
I’ll see you after school

Put your hand inside the puppet head
Put your hand inside the puppet head
Put your hand inside
Put your hand inside
Put your hand inside the puppet head

Put your hand inside the puppet head
Put your hand inside the puppet head
Put your hand inside
Put your hand inside
Put your hand inside the puppet head

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