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

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


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


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"Drink!" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    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

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