TMBG Countdown #12: They’ll Need a Crane

First release: Lincoln, 1988

(This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.)

For some reason, most of my favorite “love song”s are about breakups, and this goes right up near the top along with “Don’t Think Twice” and “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

I think it’s also our first cut from Lincoln, but don’t fret. There will be more.

I’m not sure how much there is to say about this song, other than to nod at the central theme, about the difficulty in building, and disassembling, a relationship.

Alex says: There are not a ton of more obvious-sounding relationship songs in the TMBG roster, so this one really grabs you. Great, playable melody…it’s one of the first TMBG songs I’d learned to play and sing. I think that’s probably true of a lot of their fans who also play. Having now written my first sentence, calling it a “relationship song,” it strikes me as likely that I’ll find out, many years from now, that it’s really about international trade agreements–and not a lonely guy after a breakup.

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