"Hang Wire" as written by and Charles Thompson....
They're going higher
Wind is whistling on the barbs
Your head's a hammer

Hang wire, hang wire
Hang wire
(Meet you at the) hang wire

That man is a liar
The day is like a warm night
Salt rusts the cold line

Hang wire, hang wire
Hang wire
(Meet you at the) hang wire

Every morning and every day
I'll bossanova with ya

If there were a fire
Can we scratch beneath this

Hang wire, hang wire
Hang wire
(Meet you at the) hang wire?


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    General CommentYeah, they're haikus alright.

    "The Stones recorded a song called "Hang Fire". I really liked how it sounded, but I couldn't reuse the same words. "Wire" was the initial point for the lyrics. I thought about barbed wires, in a farm, and I took inspiration from Japanese poetry, reusing the Haiku format: 5 syllabs, then 7, then 5 again" - Black Francis
    CosmicWolfyon June 17, 2003   Link
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    MemoryI recall reading somewhere that the "I'll bossanova wit ya" line referred to the film Communion (possibly also the book by Whitley Streiber), and to a scene where Christopher Walken, in the role of Streiber, connects with some visiting aliens and dances with them to a bossanova beat (just before the 90 minute mark):

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    Didn't notice the verses were Haikus. Cool :)
    chrismillaon August 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song, it's one of my favorites... But i don't know why...
    Afo2000on August 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese are haikus, aren't they?
    lon June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpure adrenalin
    Mirzaon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEvery morning and every day
    I'll bossanova with ya

    It sounds so harsh.

    Anyways, what does Bossanova mean. Am I a sheltered idiot and should this be completely obvious?
    Audaciousmooseon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just love pixies. Joey Santiagos cool guitar riffs, Black Francis snarly vocals and weird lyrics and Kim deals cool backup vocals and bassline is awesome.:D :D :D :D :D :D :D
    CDT91on June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBossa nova is a Brazilian dance, or a piece of music for such a dance. Many keyboards have a bossa nova rhythm on them.
    Mad Slanted Powerson November 01, 2006   Link
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    My Opinionone of my favorite songs by the pixies... although i'm not sure why. maybe it's just the way that it flows so well, but still has that weird and different style that this band always seems to have.
    katemc5555on December 21, 2008   Link

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