"Don't Let's Start" as written by and John S./flansburgh Linnell....
Don't don't don't let's start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you're my precious little girl
But don't don't don't let's start
I've got a weak heart
And I don't get around how you get around

When you are alone you are the cat, you are the phone
You are an animal
The words I'm singing now
Mean nothing more than meow to an animal
Wake up and smell the cat food in your bank account
But don't try to stop the tail that wags the hound

D, world destruction
Over and overture
N, do I need
Apostrophe T, need this torture?

Don't don't don't let's start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you're my precious little girl
But don't don't don't let's start
I've got a weak heart
And I don't get around how you get around

No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful
Everybody dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful
They want what they're not and I wish they would stop saying,
Deputy dog dog a ding dang depadepa
Deputy dog dog a ding dang depadepa

D, world destruction
Over and overture
N, do I need
Apostrophe T, need this torture?

Don't don't don't let's start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you're my precious little girl
But don't don't don't let's start
I've got a weak heart
And I don't get around how you get around

I don't want to live in this world anymore
I don't want to live in this world

Don't don't don't let's start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you're my precious little girl
But don't don't don't let's start
I've got a weak heart
And I don't get around how you get around


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"Don't Let's Start" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +3
    Song MeaningYou're all wrong. It's about not let's starting.
    SammoSammyon July 21, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLending weight to the "lyrics are just made to fit the music" argument, the lyrics were much shorter on the '85 demo tape:

    *************************
    Don't don't don't let's start
    This is the worst part
    Could believe for all the world
    That you're my precious little girl
    But don't don't don't let's start
    I've got a weak heart
    And I don't get around how you get around

    don't don't

    I dont want to live in this world anymore
    I dont want to live in this world anymore

    Don't don't don't let's start
    This is the worst part
    Could believe for all the world
    That you're my precious little girl
    But don't don't don't let's start
    I've got a weak heart
    And I don't get around how you get around

    *************************
    Thats it.
    DrStutteron May 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe phrase "don't let's start" basically is a fatigued expression asking that you and I not once again start up the same argument. The guy is telling the girl "let's not get into this, because it will start a huge fight".

    The "D world destruction" bridge is a play on the old 50's and 60's bit of spelling out words in love songs (like "L is for the way you look at me" in "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole). One of my favorite things about TMBG is how they recycle bits of pop culture and turn them to their own twisted designs.

    Deputy Dog was a cartoon character (from Hannah Barbara, if memory serves me right). I'm pretty sure they are just using it as a nonesense scat because it's fun to say really fast.
    DavidGrimmeron July 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know this is weird talking about this on a "song meanings" site, but I just think maybe every song doesnt have to have a meaning, we are talkin about They Might Be Giants here, maybe some of their songs don't mean anything at all.
    ChinaManon August 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised no one has interpreted the song from a socio-political angle. The nihilism angle is a good start, but it begs us to ask why nihilism and a love relationship are juxtaposed? Here's what I think.

    I see it as a song sung to the country as an entity (a woman we'll call "America"), and the love relationship is a metaphor. "Precious little girl" == girl rhymes with world, carries the metaphor, and countries are considered female (just like all our social ideals - Liberty, Justice, etc). Imagine him singing to "America" and it suddenly makes a lot more sense.

    He is in despair because he doesn't want to live without her, but he is getting sick of living with her as well. He cannot handle how she "gets around". All the stuff about nihilism is still true, but it takes a sharper edge because "his precious little girl" actually *could* destroy the entire world.
    giantroboton August 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSeriously of all the TMBG songs out there that one could ponder for the rest of their lives this was never one to me. Bad relationship from the point of view of a shy young man not being treated well. He doesn't get around like she does, he wants to believe she's pure (precious little girl). He doesn't deal with the problem head on and instead articulates his feelings in his mind as "Everybody dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful" and "I don't want to live in this world anymore" Seriously it's a bad relationship from the point of view of someone who doesn't really "get around" like his girlfriend does.

    NO WAIT I THINK IT'S ABOUT MEDICAL SCIENCE IN THE 17TH CENTURY!!!!!!!!

    seriously people, if you've been there you get it. I get it.
    Bender is greaton November 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHas no one ever heard the expression 'don't let's start'? My grandparents talk like that. It's old and a little folksy, but people still say it. And it /is/ 'let's not start this again'
    themysticmuffinon May 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbased on lyrics alone i would say its more of a guy telling a girl not to sleep around. although i say let her sleep around and laugh when she contracts a std
    rbfboy212on June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, I was reading some interpretations of this song, and this was the general consensus. It's about a man who loves a woman who is sleeping around. He really wants her to be faithful ("could believe for all the world/that you're my precious little girl"), but she won't stop. The first verse is how he keeps explaining the chorus to her, but she doesn't listen. Of course, I started listening to TMBG when I was pretty young, so I thought it was about a father and daughter who weren't seeing eye to eye. When he says, "I don't get around how you get around," I didn't read anything sexual. I thought he was literally saying that he can't move around as easily as she can and as he used to be able to. I don't know which interpretation is right. Any more thoughts?
    LittleBriddieon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti absolutely love this song. tmbg are great. i agree... it's about a guy who has this girlfriend that keeps cheating on him and he has a weak heart, so he keeps going back to her, even though she keeps running away.
    fakeliarcheaton April 17, 2003   Link

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