Take a listen to "It's Not My Birthday," a riff on "MacArthur Park" by They Might Be Giants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYCPGEEvkJU

The song that I found inscrutable was "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp about "two American kids growing up in the heartland." The only "heartland" I knew was the Heartland Food Warehouse in the next town over, so I was fascinated by this story two kids who were living in a supermarket.

Great post. Looking forward to more.

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Oh They Might Be Giants.... I totally forgot about that song! I've been a dedicated fan since I saw them live for the first time in January 1987 on their first tour. Thanks for the reminder!

As for your memory, that's hilarious! Sounds kind of like a short story waiting to happen.

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Very cool. I didn't discover TMBG until Flood came out in 1990.

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