According to Pixies bassist Kim Deal, the main inspiration for the song was the movie Crimes of the Heart...
And this I know his teeth as white as snow
What a gas it was to see him
Walk her everyday into a shady place
With her lips she said

She said, "Hey Paul, hey Paul, hey Paul
Let's have a ball
Hey Paul, hey Paul, hey Paul
Let's have a ball
Hey Paul, hey Paul, hey Paul
Let's have a ball"

Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic
A big, big love
Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic
A big, big love

Lovely legs there are
What a big black mass, what a hunk of love
He'll walk her every day into a shady place
Like the dark, but I'd want him

She said, "Hey Paul, hey Paul, hey Paul
Let's have a ball
Hey Paul, hey Paul, hey Paul
Let's have a ball
Hey Paul, hey Paul, hey Paul
Let's have a ball"

Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic
A big, big love
Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic
A big, big love

Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic
A big, big love

Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic
A big, big love
Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic
A big, big love

A big, big love
A big, big love
A big, big love
...


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"Gigantic" as written by Charles Thompson, Kimberley Murphy

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  • +4
    General Commentthis song is a bit racist. What are we all just animals with big equipment?
    lightupaheadon December 20, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentKim has a very strange voice...
    bonginthereggaesongon June 14, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI'd give Kim Deal a big big love...
    Hareon January 17, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAccording to Deal, the main inspiration for the song was the film Crimes of the Heart, in which a married woman falls in love with a black teenager[2] and the song "Gigantic" is credited to Mrs John Murphy (Kim Deal's pseudonym at the time of Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa and an ironic feminist joke).
    so yeah
    coviibluon February 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationOK, to deny the interracial sexual element of this song you would have to be either willfully dense or hopelessly oblivious yet i believe as with many pixies songs there exists a metaphysical interpretation underlying the surface. Let's imagine that the woman narrating is speaking of her feelings for Paul as a spiritual manifestation of the love of god and naturally comparing Paul's physical characteristics to her preconceived notion of god's appearance. The opening line, "And this I know: His teeth as white as snow" sounds like a declaration of faith using a simile that contains divine symbology. The color white being symbolic of light and purity and the comparison with snow which falls from the heavens. The heavens being the mythological dwelling place for most deities.

    The next line, "What a gas it was to see him" can be seen as an expression of exuberant joy at the thought of being in the presence of your creator in addition to being a metaphor for the energy such a force would emanate. The following line, "Walk her every day into a shady place" I think suggests that contrary to conventional wisdom god may not always have the best intentions and in reality does have a dark side so even though this entity provides this amazing illumination it is still capable of leading some souls into shady places. The pre chorus line, With her lips she said, "Hey, Paul, hey Paul, hey Paul Let's have a ball" reveals both the humorous irony of this song and the desired outcome of this supernatural relationship. The irony residing in the meaning of the name Paul which is of latin origin and is defined as, "small; humble" if that wasn't intended, excuse the pun but it's one gigantic coincidence.

    Now, the let's have a ball line is of course a metaphor for having a good time but in the metaphysical context a ball is explained as an spherical celestial body. So, having a ball could be akin to having a world which is what two people in a relationship would be sharing or in relation to god it could be said that one experiences god through this world. At this point, the remaining lyrics I haven't expounded upon shouldn't be that HARD to attribute DEEPER meaning to within the spiritual context theorized throughout. The idea of god is gigantic, the existence of such a being powerful enough to have created the known universe and all life made from it is a gigantic concept.

    I consider "Divine Hammer" to be a sexual/spiritual sequel of sorts to "Gigantic" in a way. Hopefully, I'm not the only one who sees it from this vantage point. If anybody else does please let your thoughts be known. Oh, just to clarify I'm agnostic leaning towards atheist but even in the absence of faith god is a fascinating idea to ponder.

    R.I.P. Morgan Freeman and may black Jesus return in 2012! ;)
    CollapsedHeadon November 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthat bassline at the beginning gets me everytime, especially in the live version.
    my favourite pixies song
    vladi99on May 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about the big, black cock. Kim is singing in 3rd person about her need for the BBC.
    master_debateron March 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the song's about Black Francis. Well, he's obviously Black, Gigantic, and a pretty Dark human being.
    Helloveromicaon August 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an awesome song, as the pixies are an awesome band, and surfer rosa is an awesome lp! oh and this song is about a relationship between a black male (gigantic gigantic, a big big love/ hes like the dark but i want him) and white female whose gotten greif for dating, possibly even marrying someone of the opposite sex. great song, kim deal is amazing. check out the breeders for more kim.
    DeathofZeroon July 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first pixies song I ever heard. After that I bought Surfer Rosa. The Pixies are one of those bands that alter the way you look at music after you listen to them.
    FourEyedLame-Oon August 16, 2002   Link

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