Song of the Day #3,177: ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul’ – They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants has released 19 studio albums, including one as recently as last year, but their most popular and acclaimed remains 1990’s Flood. The record was the Brooklyn duo’s major label release and featured their two biggest hits, ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul’ and ‘Istanbul (Not Constantinople).’

I’ve always lumped TNBG in with Barenaked Ladies as bands with definite musical chops that toe the line between legitimate artists and novelty acts. I’m a big fan of most Barenaked Ladies albums, but I don’t know anything by They Might Be Giants other than the two hits mentioned above, so I don’t know if my assessment is correct.

Sampling Flood for this blog post, I’m impressed by the variety of styles and the ingenuity of the lyrics. I suspect I’d be a fan of this album, if not the band’s whole catalog.

I certainly like it a lot better than what I’ve sampled from 1990 so far.

[Bridge]
I’m your only friend
I’m not your only friend
But I’m a little
Glowing friend
But really I’m not
Actually your friend
But I am

[Chorus]
Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little birdhouse in your soul

[Verse 1]
I have a secret to tell
From my electrical well
It’s a simple message and I’m
Leaving out the whistles and bells
So the room must listen to me
Filibuster vigilantly
My name is blue canary
One note spelled l-i-t-e
My story’s infinite
Like the Longines Symphonette
It doesn’t rest

[Chorus]
Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little birdhouse in your soul

[Bridge]
I’m your only friend
I’m not your only friend
But I’m a little
Glowing friend
But really I’m not
Actually your friend
But I am

[Verse 2]
There’s a picture opposite me
Of my primitive ancestry
Which stood on rocky shores
And kept the beaches ship wreck free
Though I respect that a lot
I’d be fired if that were my job
After killing Jason off
And countless screaming Argonauts
Blue bird of friendliness
Like guardian angels it’s always near

[Chorus 2]
Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
While you’re at it
Keep the nightlight on inside
The birdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
While you’re at it
Keep the nightlight on inside
The birdhouse in your soul
(Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul)
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
While you’re at it
Keep the nightlight on inside
The birdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little birdhouse in your soul

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,177: ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul’ – They Might Be Giants

  1. Dana says:

    I know “Istanbul,” but not this song. I had always considered this band to be one hit wonders. The only other stuff I know from them was a kids’ album, which was in heavy rotation 15 years ago. they are certainly talented, however, and deeper exploration of their albums might prove rewarding.

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