"Drink!" as written by John Flansburgh and John Linnell....
I'll take back my pinata it's wasted on you
Just spinning that pool cue all over the room
And give back the blindfold that's under your shoe

[Chorus]
Let's drink, drink this town is so great
Drink, drink 'cause it's never too late
To drink, drink to no big surprise
But what words rhyme with buried alive
What words rhyme with buried alive

You could be a float for the 4th of July
Based on your theme of wallflowers grown wild
Look through your peephole, you've won every prize

[Chorus]

In your monkey suit on a cigarette break
The lunchtime crowd, they won't even blink
But you'd be sad if they did
But you'll be sad

[Chorus]


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"Drink!" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song, like so many of their songs, hides the tragedy of the story with an upbeat melody and cheerfully deceptive refrain.

    The narrator opens for scolding the already drunk second person. The drunk is mindlessly whacking at the pinata - and he's not even blindfolded!

    The song switches to sarcasm in the refrain, as if the narrator is describing the situation from the drunk's point of view. He points out that there's "no big surprise" in getting drunk and foreshadows the demise of the drunk; "burried alive".

    Next we learn more about the drunk, who is described as a wallflower. Usually, people who are wallflowers at parties or bars don't feel as though they belong, and drink to compensate. "Look through your peephole" describes how the drunk has shut himself off to the people around him.

    Finally, we see into the drunk's job. He's wearing a monkey suit (tuxedo), maybe working for a hotel or restaurant. The point is he's ignored by the lunchtime crowd. All the same, he doesn't want attention paid to him. Poor guy feels like a peon, so continues his downfall into alcoholism.

    Maybe there is no second person, and the narrator is actually the drunk. Who knows? There are so many ways to interpret They Might Be Giants.
    ThunderBoyon January 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about how people are "bruried alive" by the 9-5 daily grind of modern society and how alcohol brings them out of their routines for a couple of days only to have them thrown back to the grind.




    Let's drink, drink this town is so great
    Drink, drink cuz it's never too late
    To drink, drink to no big surprise
    But what words rhyme with buried alive
    What words rhyme with buried alive
    (this is alot like most cities/towns, where most people spend their time drinking off the work week)

    You could be a float for the 4th of july
    Based on your theme of wallflowers grown wild
    Look thru your peephole, you've won every prize
    (Refers to how normally quiet and aloof people become extremely social and extroverted under the influence)

    In your monkey suit on a cigarette break
    The lunchtime crowd, they won't even blink
    But you'd be sad if they did
    But you'll be sad...
    (One of the coolest lines in the song, he describes the working man as a monkey trained to do specific tasks and also makes reference to the notion that the every day man wouldn't dare step out of the box during regular hours ' but you'd be sad if they did'
    coreysuckson September 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song, as with most other TMBG songs, was sung for fun, instaid of to put a spiritual message across. Tell me what you guys think.
    Malkavianon September 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdang, i thought it was just about some guy(s) getting smashed
    zackemo13on November 21, 2011   Link

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