A Talk with George

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A Talk with George
ReleaseThing a Week Two
Release date03-03-2006
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"A Talk with George", a tribute to American journalist and author George Plimpton, is a song on Jonathan Coulton's fifth album, Thing a Week Two.


"A Talk with George" was released as the twenty-third Thing a Week on March 3rd, 2006. Jonathan wrote the song for a contest run by the Plimpton Project. The song won the prize of $400.00.

Live performance

"A Talk with George" is occasionally played at Jonathan Coulton concerts. Because of the track's lean arrangement, mostly Jonathan with a guitar, the live version sounds essentially the same.


  • "A Talk with George" is classified as a sweet song on the Listening Suggestions page.
  • Jonathan has said in interviews that this is one of his favorite songs.



"A Talk with George" is currently only available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an individual track or as part of Thing a Week II. Of course this song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.

Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store.


"Thing a Week II" is available for purchase as a CD here.

Other versions

A karaoke version of "A Talk with George" is available on the Jonathan Coulton Karaoke Store.


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