From The YouTube Music Video Archives: Birdhouse In Your Soul

This might be the happiest song of all time. I used to just hit the Repeat button on my car stereo so I could hear it over and over and over again, and now I’m thinking about writing a novel based on the lyrics. The album it comes from, Flood, is pretty good, but Factory Showroom is probably my favorite. Here’s a Cut ‘n Paste of some information from Wikipedia:

“Birdhouse in Your Soul” is a song by American alternative rock band They Might Be Giants. It was released in March of 1990 as a single from the album Flood. It reached #3 on the United States Modern Rock Tracks chart and #6 on the UK Singles Chart and remains their highest-charting single in both countries. The song is apparently sung from the point of view of a nightlight.

The song’s lyrics allude to Jason and “countless screaming Argonauts”, the lightbulb’s primitive ancestry (depicted in a picture of a lighthouse on the opposite wall), filibustering, infinity, a Longines Symphonette (said not to rest, referencing the watches of the same name’s longevity, the continuous output of the eponymous record label, and/or the many works of the symphony belonging to Longines), and guardian angels. The chorus line sings the praise of the “Blue canary in the outlet by the lightswitch / Who watches over you!”; the most widely held and logical interpretation is that the song is indeed sung from a nightlight’s POV.

The song’s video was filmed inside the New York County’s Surrogate’s Court and Hall of Records building located at 31 Chambers Street in Manhattan.

I’m your only friend / I’m not your only friend / But I’m a little glowing friend / But really I’m not actually your friend / But I am / Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch / Who watches over you / Make a little birdhouse in your soul / Not to put too fine a point on it / Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet / Make a little birdhouse in your soul

I have a secret to tell / From my electrical well / It’s a simple message and I’m leaving out the whistles and bells / So the room must listen to me / Filibuster vigilantly / My name is blue canary one note* spelled l-i-t-e / My story’s infinite / Like the Longines Symphonette it doesn’t rest / Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch / Who watches over you / Make a little birdhouse in your soul / Not to put too fine a point on it / Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet / Make a little birdhouse in your soul …

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