What does Istanbul (Not Constantinople) mean?

They Might Be Giants: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) Meaning

Album cover for Istanbul (Not Constantinople) album cover

Song Released: 1990


Istanbul (Not Constantinople) Lyrics

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night

Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you've a date in...

  1. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2020 !⃝

    TMBG only covered this song. It was written by Nat Simon in 1953, the 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Turks. It is simply about the renaming of that city. That is all.


  2. anonymous
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    May 10th 2020 !⃝

    TMBG only covered this song. It was written by Nat Simon in 1953, the 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Turks. It is simply about the renaming of that city. That is all.


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