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Particle Man

Particle man, particle man
Doing the things a particle can
What’s he like? It’s not important
Particle man

— From “Particle Man”, by They Might Be Giants

…nothing is missing from your understanding of “Particle Man”…

— John Linnell of They Might Be Giants

In the song “Particle Man”, four “men” that are maybe super heroes are discussed:

  • Particle Man: even if something was known about this entity, except for being minute, it would seem to be of no consequence
  • Person Man: whether this individual just has low self esteem or actually deserves their belittled state is indeterminate
  • Triangle Man: hates Particle Man and Person Man for some reason, and bests each one individually in fights; a bully perhaps
  • Universe Man: might be identified with the whole of space-time itself and so may be too large or important for petty conflicts

Further Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Particle_Man

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Might_Be_Giants

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_(They_Might_Be_Giants_album)

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