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Whistling in the Dark

This song is by They Might Be Giants and appears on the album Flood (1990).

A woman came up to me and said, "I'd like to poison your mind
With wrong ideas that appeal to you, though I am not unkind"
She looked at me, I looked at something written across her scalp,
And these are the words that it faintly said as I tried to call for help

There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well
And that's be you, be what you're like, be like yourself
And so I'm having a wonderful time, but I'd rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark, whistling in the dark, whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark, whistling in the dark
There's only one thing that I like, and that is whistling in the dark

Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah

A man came up to me and said, "I'd like to change your mind
By hitting it with a rock," he said, "though I am not unkind"
We laughed at his little joke, and then I happily walked away
And hit my head on the wall of the jail where the two of us live today

There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well
And that's be you, be what you're like, be like yourself
And so I'm having a wonderful time, but I'd rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark, whistling in the dark, whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark, whistling in the dark
There's only one thing that I like, and that is whistling in the dark

There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well
And that's be you, be what you're like, be like yourself
And so I'm having a wonderful time, but I'd rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark, whistling in the dark, whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark, whistling in the dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling in the dark

Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah

Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark
Whistling, whistling, whistling, whistling
Dark, dark, dark, dark

Written by:

John Flansburgh and John Linnell

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