"Ed Is Dead" as written by and Charles Thompson....
Her head is in a bitter way
Her brain's on fire
She's just looking for the perfect wave
It's her brain's desire
I'll think of her when I walk the strand
On this true hormos a night

Ed is dead [Repeat x4]
He's just rotting in stupid bliss
With music on her bars uh
Her face burning in the L.A. sun
She got no got no fear of cars
I better kick my strand cruiser
To the friendlier oh oh oh oh oh oh

Ed is dead [Repeat x4]
Ed is dead
Ed is, yeah ed is
Ed is dead [Repeat x3]
E.i.d. [Repeat x3]

No, no, no, no, no


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"Ed Is Dead" as written by Charles Thompson

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    General Commentgreat song. it's a true story about a girl in l.a. named edith who would ride her bike in the road while listening to her headphones. she got hit, and died. ed is dead.
    Debassplayeron January 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the work of black francis because he approaches things so elegantly, using an abstract anecdote to describe an idea while leaving a lot of flexibility to interpret. What this song really talks to me about is the kind of person who doesn't take a firm hold of their life and ends up going down wrapped up in distraction. I think the significance of repeating Ed is dead is rather personal. It seems like it's to declare the truth that you just can't do a damn thing if some one wants to live the way they do. My guess is that it's a song inspired by a friend he had to let go of.
    subculturemenaceon January 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an awesome song! I think its about a woman who's husband has died and he was a bit of a bastard so shes pretty happy about it...:P
    Debaser!on September 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh thx debassplayer.

    music on her bars = walkman on the handlebars?
    czechm8on January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was a kind of cynical little song about how shallow everything in California is. (But that could just be my problems with California talking.) I'd never heard that story, though, and it makes sense.
    Radio Saturdayon August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeh, the way he says no is hilarious. Nouh nouh nouh nouh. Lol.

    No srsly this song rocks my socks..like most of the Pixies' stuff.
    silentexclamationon November 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHERMOSA MEANS BEAUTIFUL IN SPANISH, he always says words in spanish even when he didint know how to pronuciarlas, so he says: on this true beutiful night
    gonzgonzon March 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for the explanation of edith, that has to be it; but for me there is a reading as well where 'she' is nature. 'music on her bars' says to me, sand bars, as he is walking by the sea. She got no got no fear of cars suggests a resilience to nature that we can barely comprehend. There are always strange , multi faceted word plays in Pixies songs, and E.I.D pricks up the ears- yes, I know Ed Is Dead - but also;
    Eid, is a three-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity"- Wikipedia.
    neitherbothon September 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOther site have the line 'I better kick my strand cruiser..' as 'I dedicate my strand cruiser to the memory of a whore - oh oh oh oh...'

    I'm not too sure about the whore part but he definitely says 'I dedicate my strand cruiser to the memory'

    I always thought it said 'to the memory of the road' but maybe it is 'whore' after all.

    'True hermosa night' is definitely right too.
    xmason October 08, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentCORRECTION TO LYRICS POSTED
    NOT: "TRUE HORMOS A NIGHT"
    IT IS: "A TRUE HERMOSA (HERMOSA BEACH, CALIFORNIA) NIGHT"
    ArtistAveryon October 12, 2005   Link

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