"Mink Car" as written by John Flansburgh and John Linnell....
It's knocking off
My diamond wig
Knocking me down
Into the platinum ground
Woke up in a beautiful dream
Alone
Alone

I got hit by a Mink Car
Hit by a Mink Car
Driven by a Guitar
And the silver Chauffeur says
That it's all in your head
When you're 24 carrot dead
Dead

In my dream
She is reaching past my hollow form
And her smile's
An open sign in an abandoned store

I got hit by a Mink Car
Hit by a Mink Car
Driven by a Guitar
And the silver Chauffeurs says
That it's all in your head
When you're 24 carrot dead
Dead
Dead


Lyrics submitted by Linoge, edited by ClanSoul

"Mink Car" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is an obvious spoof of the Burt Bacharach's musical style... and they nailed it, right down to the flugel-horn solo. The very idea of a car covered in mink fur fits very nicely into the excesses of the era.

    Of course, it wouldn't be TMBG without the song really being a depressing song about death and abandonment hidden by a sugary-sweet melody. :)

    "And her smile's an open sign on an abandoned store" is one of my favorite lyrics ever. What a beautiful and yet painful metaphor.
    DavidGrimmeron July 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentndo and Lombardi are on the right track I think. It's about the fear that too much success can kill an artists integrity. The "Mink Car" is money, success and fame. It's "driven by a guitar" because the singer's music career is what has brought all that success to him. But he's afraid that all of that success has killed his artistic integrity. He's afraid that his music has become a "hollow form".
    gravitonon October 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't get this song...I like it, but I don't understand...
    I understand that all the adjectives are expensive items, normally bought for women (ie Mink, Silver, Diamond), but why is a guitar driving the car?
    Linogeon January 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe "car" is a guitar case that hits the speaker in the head (and kills him?)

    The music in this song is better than the lyrics, IMO. But that doesnt mean the lyrics suck, it only means the music is well orchestrated.
    randyisnoton April 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDo you really wanna know what i think?
    I think the hidden message within this song definitely has something to do with governement/some other sort of monarchy...
    All the expensive stuff in the song, of course, could only be afforded by such a godly figure, and when the singer dies, that's symbolic of how much these gods hate us...
    I gotta stop buyin this stuff from Johnny.
    Oogh....
    belthazaron June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about being rich and successful...and dead inside.
    ndoon February 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with ndo.
    I think being "hit by a mink car" is sort of a metaphor for selling out....
    The song is all about being rich and successful and how much it sucks.
    Lombardion January 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the phrase "24-carat dead." Also "open sign on an abandoned store."
    Miss Wildeon January 26, 2009   Link

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