Canajoharie

Album: Join Us (2011)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants explained "Canajoharie" to us when we spoke with him in 2011. Said John: "It's a town in New York State. I want to say upstate New York, but everything's upstate for people who live in New York City [This is true. NYC residents consider Poughkeepsie "upstate," but anyone else will tell you upstate stars around Binghamton.] But yeah, Canajoharie is a town with an old Indian name. And I don't even think that is the proper pronunciation. There are a lot of towns in New York State that have these kind of mumbled up Indian names. But all these towns are super historic and have really big graveyards."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Divided Souls: Musical Alter Egos

Divided Souls: Musical Alter EgosSong Writing

Long before Eminem, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj created alternate personas, David Bowie, Bono, Joni Mitchell and even Hank Williams took on characters.

Ed Roland of Collective Soul

Ed Roland of Collective SoulSongwriter Interviews

The stories behind "Shine," "December," "The World I Know" and other Collective Soul hits.

Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton HeatSongwriter Interviews

The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.

Joe Ely

Joe ElySongwriter Interviews

The renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"

Eric Clapton

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Carl Sturken

Carl SturkenSongwriter Interviews

Hitmaker Carl Sturken on writing and producing for Rihanna, 'N Sync, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Donny Osmond, Shakira and Karyn White.