They Might Be Giants have always towed an interesting and ill-defined line between legitimate alternative rock and goofy children’s music. They’ve released plenty of good albums in both genres, and the boundary between them isn’t that distinct: their kids songs–like the recent “Moles, Hounds, Bears, Bees and Hares”–is a wacky listing of funny animal behaviors, but it’s undeniably catchy. Meanwhile, tunes from their more “serious” albums like “Doctor Worm” perhaps weren’t made specifically for kids, but could totally be adapted into a children’s book.
The band is currently prepping Why?, a new kids album, and they just shared a track called “Or So I Have Read”, which you can check out above. The song uses simple and colorful imagery to relay an important but oft-forgotten message: facts are relative, determined by the first person who credibly observed them.
They Might Be Giants sing about silly examples, like “Animals can smell your dreams, or so I have read / that explains the constant sniffing under your bed,” and “Barber poles are found in the wild and caught in a cage / if you count the stripes, you can determine their age / Or so says the sage that offered this page.” The band expands on the point saying, “Everything you hear is a fact / and the opposite is also correct.”
They Might Be Giants have clearly always been independent thinkers, so there are few bands more qualified to remind kids–or anybody who enjoys a catchy song–of such an invaluable message.
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