Wow - hadn’t played this one in a while! I also hadn’t thought about it closely either and am appreciating (reappreciating) Flansburgh’s dark lyrics. They get hidden in relatively jaunty music (isn’t this the TMBG way?) which only makes it that much darker. I think it may have been a skip-track for me too, back in the day.

Thanks for sharing the personal story. Living with a mother with personality disorder must have been tough and I admire your work to process it all. I’d be curious what the origin story of the song is all about. I’m gonna look it up!

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Happy Santa Clause Day, Steve!

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