The Show (Lenka song)

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"The Show"
Single by Lenka
from the album Lenka
Released 6 September 2008
(see release history)
Format Download, CD single
Recorded 2008
Genre Indie pop
Length 3:55
Label Epic
Writer(s) Jason Reeves, Lenka Kripac
Producer(s) Stuart Brawley
Lenka singles chronology
"The Show"
"Trouble Is a Friend"

"The Show" is the first single by the Australian singer/songwriter Lenka, produced by Stuart Brawley. It was released in December 2008 - June 2009. The song is on her first album, Lenka, released in October 2008. It was used as the soundtrack for an Old Navy commercial, as an Ugly Betty season 3 promo, in the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, for the 2009 spring campaign of the Polish TV station TVN, in a commercial for the Malaysian telecommunications company TM in 2009, in a 2010 commercial for the French insurance company GMF. Samples from the song were used in DFS sofa commercials in the UK. The song was anachronistically covered by Kerris Dorsey in the movie Moneyball (set in 2002) and appears on its soundtrack. It was promoted as an iTunes Free Single of the Week.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Show" (Album Version) — 3:55
  2. "Gravity Rides Everything" (The Woodstock Sessions) — 3:49

Music video[edit]

The music video has Lenka sitting on a bench in a park singing her song and picking petals from a flower. She then flies to the next scene, where she is riding a bus and looking at the other people, including an old lady and a man who she notices is staring at her. She then flies to a photo shop, where she looks at a picture with her friends. There is also a scene in which she plays tennis without ever hitting the ball. The next scene is when she is riding a bicycle with grocery items. While she is riding the bike, she notices that people are dancing while she sings the second verse. Then she flies to a concert, where she sings the chorus and flies off to a restaurant, where she and the man in the bus are eating. The man notices that Lenka's food was sliced by an unseen object. She then goes to her house, in which her toothbrush brushes her teeth without her holding it, and she slowly goes to bed. She finishes by watching the TV and turning out the lights.


Chart (2008-09) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 65
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 13
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 4
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[4] 35
European Hot 100[5] 49
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 23
Japan (Japan Hot 100) 24
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 21
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[8] 22
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs[9] 25

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Australia 6 September 2008 Epic Records Digital download 88697412892[10]
17 November 2008 CD single


  1. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles - Week Commencing 10th November 2008" (PDF). ARIA Charts (Australian Recording Industry Association Ltd.). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  2. ^ " – Lenka – The Show" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ " – Lenka – The Show" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  4. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200935 into search.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ " – Lenka Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ " – Lenka – The Show". Swiss Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "Lenka: The Show - UK Singles Chart". (OCC/Millward Brown). Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
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  10. ^ "New Releases Singles - Week Commencing 17th November 2008" (PDF). ARIA Charts (Australian Recording Industry Association Ltd.). 17 November 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2010.