"Hot Cha" as written by and John S./flansburgh Linnell....
Hot Cha, where are you?
Everybody's eyes are closed
I can't see why I miss you so
So hot Cha, where are you?

First time hot Cha went away
A floating island was his home
Then the phone rang off the hook
And hot Cha had to come back home

Hot Cha, where are you?
Everybody's eyes are closed
I can't see why I miss you so
So hot Cha, where are you?

Second time he went away
Left the bathtub running over
Stereo on and cooking bacon
Never came back to tell us why

If that honey would come back
We would throw such a party
Drink and cook the prodigal son
Fondue forks for everybody

Hot Cha, where are you?
Everybody's eyes are closed
I can't see why I miss you so
So hot Cha, where are you?
Hot Cha, where are you?
Hot Cha, where are you?


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"Hot Cha" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    General CommentPaxas Flansburgh:

    "The band played it’s only platinum album Flood, for most of the show. And on this album is the song Hot Cha, which is the most clearly-about-me song my brother has written.

    The lyrics of Hot Cha were written (i believe) in response to my disappearance from contact with my parents for much of 1982. My brother and i often played the game Derby Day when we were little and Hot Cha was horse number two and my favorite. Despite his claims otherwise, i am clear that this song on the Flood album is about me."
    hornytheclownon April 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song in about Che Guevara.

    The floating item being Cuba. The phone ringing off the hook refers to his calling in life beckoning him to spread the revolution beyond Cuba.

    "The second time he went away..." referring to him turning his attention to other parts of the world while his birthplace Argetina is a political shambles that could have use a charasmatic figure such as himself.
    yamwriteon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song has no meaning
    awsomo3000on June 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a referrence to Deism and X-tianity. Hot Cha is G-d and the "Second Time" is Jeebus. The clencher is "If that honey would come back.. drink and cook the prodigal son" almost a direct referrence to the bible.
    A quick FYI.. I'm not saying the Johns are X-tians. Deism is the belief that a g-d may have created the world, but left us to our own devices afterward.
    Smeghead42on June 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAs far as I have ever thought, and granted I may be wrong, and all interpretations are personal for each listener... but this is about a friend who committed suicide, and the singer "misses him so". The first attempt didn't work.

    The "floating island" could be a hospital bed, or a neardeath experience, floating above his body, or even seeing the light at the end of a tunnel/heaven/clouds/floating islands... but "the phone rang off the hook". That is a LOT of ringing, for a LONG time. Someone trying to call him, perhaps, getting worried, going over there and finding him or something, maybe. Or it could just mean that his friends around the hospital bed were calling him back, and he heard them and "came back home". I've heard of all those type of things happening to people who have neardeath experiences.

    Anyway... to the biggest point, and to me, what is the most obvious evidence of my theory...

    "Second time he ran away-
    left the bathtub running over,
    stereo on and cooking bacon
    Never came back to tell us why"

    That to me is very very clear. Bathtub running over, and the stereo on. Obviously, (to me), Hot Cha decided to drop a plugged-in stereo into the bath with him. And he never told anyone why.

    But again, that's just my personal interpretation.
    FilmScorpioon September 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds about right scorp
    SpWideron February 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHa! i know the true meaning of this song!
    John Flansburgh, one of the two lead guys in They Might Be Giants, has a brother by the name of Paxis or Pax. They absolutly hate each other. i know that this is a song about Pax.
    Or, more what John wants to do to Pax ;-)
    tunesplayeron April 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyup
    Mr. Baconon April 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsmeghead42, awesome name, combines red dwarf and douglass adams.

    I love the line about "fondue forks for everybody", i get the image of TMBG doing a concert and throwing fondue forks into the crowd.

    I like FilmScorpio's interpretation, very imaginative.
    carseron April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPaxus Calta thinks this song, as well as "Chess Piece Face" is about him. Flansburgh denies it, though Flans did say "Boss of Me" is about him.
    beau99on April 10, 2007   Link

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