Ana Ng

They Might Be Giants

About Ana Ng

"Ana Ng" ( ENG) is a song by alternative rock band They Might Be Giants. It was released as the lead single from the band's 1988 album Lincoln. Although the song was their first US chart appearance, hitting #11 on the US Modern Rock chart, the single was never officially released in the US. It was only released for promotional purposes in the US, and saw official releases in 1989 in the United Kingdom (as a maxi-single), Australia, and later, in 1991, in Europe.


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1988
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Make a hole with a gun perpendicular
To the name of this town in a desk-top globe
Exit wound in a foreign nation
Showing the home of the one this was written for
My apartment looks upside down from there
Water spirals the wrong way out the sink
And her voice is a backwards record
It's like a whirlpool and it never ends

Ana Ng and I are getting old
And we still haven't walked in the glow of each others majestic presence
Listen Ana hear my words
They're the ones you would think I would say if there was a me for you

All alone at the sixty-four World's Fair
Eighty dolls singing small world after all
Who was at the Dupont Pavilion?
Why was the bench still warm? Who had been there?
Or the time when the storm tangled up the wire
To the horn on the pole at the bus depot
And in the back of the edge of hearing
These are the words the voice was repeating

Ana Ng and I are getting old
And we still haven't walked in the glow of each others majestic presence
Listen Ana hear my words
They're the ones you would think I would say if there was a me for you

When I was driving once I saw this painted on a bridge,
I don't want the world, I just want your half

They don't need me here, and I know you're there (don't need me)
Where the world goes by like the humid air (world goes by)
And it sticks like a broken record
Everything sticks like a broken record
Everything sticks until it goes away (it goes home)
And the truth is, we don't know anything (don't know)

Ana Ng and I are getting old
And we still haven't walked in the glow of each others majestic presence
Listen Ana hear my words
They're the ones you would think I would say if there was a me for you

Ana Ng and I are getting old
And we still haven't walked in the glow of each others majestic presence
Listen Ana hear my words
They're the ones you would think I would say if there was a me for you

Ana Ng and I are getting old
And we still haven't walked in the glow of each others majestic presence
Listen Ana hear my words
They're the ones you would think I would say if there was a me for you

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They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants (sometimes abbreviated as TMBG) is an American alternative band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. During TMBG's early years Flansburgh and Linnell were frequently accompanied by a drum machine. In the early 1990s, TMBG became a full band. Currently, the members of TMBG are Flansburgh, Linnell, Marty Beller, Dan Miller, and Danny Weinkauf. They are best known for an unconventional and experimental style of alternative music. Over their career, the group has found success on the modern rock and CMJ charts. More recently they have found success in children's music, and in theme music for several television programs and films. more »

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Written by: JOHN FLANSBURGH, JOHN LINNELL, JOHN C. FLANSBURGH, JOHN S. LINNELL

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15 facts about this song

Song Information
"Ana Ng" is a song by the American alternative rock band They Might Be Giants.
Album Details
The song was released in 1988 as part of the album "Lincoln".
Lead Single
"Ana Ng" served as the lead single for the "Lincoln" album.
Chart Position
Despite being less mainstream, "Ana Ng" reached No. 11 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Song Interpretation
The song is said to convey the theme of a separated couple, in which Ana Ng lives on the opposite side of the world.
Writer's Inspiration
John Linnell, one half of the duo, received inspiration for the song's premise from a world map. According to him, the antipode of their location (New York), a point in the Indian Ocean near Vietnam, must be where Ana Ng lives.
Meaning of "Ng
The name "Ng" is a prevalent Cantonese surname and is often pronounced like "ing."
Music Video
The music video for "Ana Ng" employs the technique of shadow puppetry, with the band members' hands creating silhouettes against a bright backdrop.
Recognition by Rolling Stone
In 2013, "Ana Ng" was ranked No. 85 in Rolling Stone's readers' poll of the best songs of the 80s.
Mysterious Voice
The rapid, high-pitched voice heard at the beginning of the song is actually the voice of John Linnell sped up, saying "The following people are dead..."
Popular Song in Concert
"Ana Ng" remains a popular song during They Might Be Giants' live performances.
Usage in Media
The song was featured in an episode of the television show "Malcolm in the Middle".
Cover Versions
Several artists have covered "Ana Ng". For instance, Boston-based band, "Freeze Pop" recorded a cover for a They Might Be Giants tribute album.
Iconic Lyrics
The phrase "I don't want the world, I just want your half," from the song "Ana Ng," is often quoted by fans and is emblematic of They Might Be Giants' quirky and smart lyrical style.
Not a Love Song
Although "Ana Ng" is often interpreted as a love song, John Linnell has stated in multiple interviews that it's not specifically about a romantic relationship. Instead, it's more broadly about the concept of longing and the impossibility of certain desires.

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