"Here Comes Your Man" as written by and Charles Thompson....
Outside there's a box car waiting
Outside the family stew
Out by the fire breathing
Outside we wait 'til face turns blue

I know the nervous walking
I know the dirty beard hangs
Out by the box car waiting
Take me away to nowhere plains

There is a wait so long
You'll never wait so long

Here comes your man
Here comes your man
Here comes your man

Big shake on the box car moving
Big shake to the land that's falling down
Is a wind makes a palm stop blowing
A big, big stone fall and break my crown

There is a wait so long
You'll never wait so long

Here comes your man
Here comes your man
Here comes your man
Here comes your man

There is a wait so long
You'll never wait so long

Here comes your man
Here comes your man
Here comes your man
Here comes your man

Here comes your man
Here comes your man
Here comes your man
Here comes your man

Here comes your man
Here comes your man
Here comes your man
Here comes your man

Here comes your man


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"Here Comes Your Man" as written by Charles Thompson

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  • +9
    Song MeaningAtomic bombs? Geez, somebody's overthinking it. Here's what the songwriter says (NME via Wikipedia):

    In an interview with NME, Francis commented on the meaning of the song:
    “It's about winos and hobos traveling on the trains, who die in the California Earthquake. Before earthquakes, everything gets very calm–animals stop talking and birds stop chirping and there's no wind. It's very ominous.

    I've been through a few earthquakes, actually, 'cause I grew up in California. I was only in one big one, in 1971. I was very young and I slept through it. I've been awake through lots of small ones at school and at home. It's very exciting actually–a very comical thing. It's like the earth is shaking, and what can you do? Nothing.”

    The word "boxcar" was apparently a starting point for the song's lyrics, and Francis has suggested that this was in part inspired by the song "Carnival of Sorts (Box Car)" by R.E.M.: "I probably liked the word 'boxcar' because I heard it on the R.E.M. song, from their first record."
    TLEStupidon February 01, 2012   Link
  • +8
    Song MeaningYeah, comical how people are like "but the atomic bomb thing fits so well!" No, it doesn't.

    Let's analyze it line by line:

    Outside there's a box car waiting - hobos travel by train in boxcars
    Outside the family stew - hobos eat at soup kitchens
    Out by the fire breathing - hobos stand out by burning trashcans to warm themselves
    Outside we wait 'til face turns blue - hobos are homeless, they are outside by the fire freezing and when you're freezing, your face turns blue
    There is a wait so long You'll never wait so long - hobos' entire lives could be seen as "waiting"... you're waiting for something, anything, whatever just to survive until finally you're just waiting for death

    Here comes your man - a reference to the Velvet Underground song about waiting for your man to give you your fix. The earthquake is "the man" these people who've been waiting their whole lives for (death).

    I know the nervous walking - hobos are nervous
    I know the dirty beard hangs - hobos have dirty long beards
    Out by the box car waiting - just waiting for death
    Take me away to nowhere plains - death

    There is a wait so long You'll never wait so long Here comes your man Here comes your man Here comes your man Here comes your man ...

    (makes perfect sense now, doesn't it?)
    KnowerOfThingson June 06, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General Commenti think its about when lou reed's drug dealer finally shows up
    carolineleighon June 07, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningCheck out this part from an old interview from NME with Black Francis himself about "Here Comes Your Man":

    "This is a pre-Pixies song that I wrote when I was about 15. It's about winos and hobos travelling on the trains who die in the California Earthquake. Before earthquakes everything gets very calm, animals stop talking and birds stop chirping and there's no wind. It's very ominous.
    I've been through a few earthquakes actually cos I grew up in California. I was only in one big one in 1971. I was very young and I slept through it. I've been awake through lots of small ones at school and at home. It's very exciting actually, a very comical thing. It's like the earth is shaking, and what can you do? Nothing."

    That would explain why the lyric is "there's a box car waiting" instead of "there's a bockscar waiting".
    lactosefreemanon December 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBTW they lifted some of the starting melody (probably subconsciously) from "Never My Love" by the Association. Both great songs.
    revolver314on April 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThats very cool, all the time I thought the song was a bit nonsensical, and it's really about nuclear bombs!

    Reading through this site has made me realise the pixies(and other bands) were much better lyricists than I ever gave them credit for.
    the thiefon March 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah a lot of Pixie songs have hidden meanings this one was about the first drop of an atom bomb on Nagasaki. Frank has a way of summing up human faults in an album. It's strange cus it almost makes them concept albums, Doolitle is very dibical and deals with human faults and vices and Bossanova and Tromp Le Monde are about a kid watching aliens fly past in his back yard.

    FRANK RULZ
    craiguson March 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think frank black said one time that the title was an "homage" to the velvet undergorunds' "waiting for my man" which had been a big influence to young frank
    rivieraon June 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSander, the line....

    "There is a wait so long,
    you 'll never wait so long"

    is probably put in there because of when Kim repeats it after FB, it sounds like she's saying "so long" in a goodbye-type of way. Like, "So long everybody", because the hobo's are dying from the earthquake.

    Look at the lyrics with the hobo idea instead of the atomic bomb thing and everything makes more sense. They're all waiting outside of their boxcars and probably hovering over a fire, hence "out by the fire breathing, outside we wait 'til face turns blue".
    lactosefreemanon December 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't know for sure, but I've always seen this song as a song about the anticipation waiting for a drug dealer. It bears some lyrical similarities to the Velvet Underground song "I'm Waiting For the Man", which is about just that.

    One such similarity is the line "There is a wait so long, you'll never wait so long.", which would refer to the feeling of waiting for what seems like forever for your dealer to show up. The similarity in the Velvet Underground song is "He's never early, he's always late. First thing you learn is you always gotta wait."

    The "dirty beard hangs" line from this song also reminds me of the "Feelin' sick and dirty" line from the VU song, that image of the unkempt appearance of a junkie. From that same verse is the reference to "nervous walking" which to me sounds like the walk of somebdy who's feeling a little paranoid and nervous about the transaction which they're about to take part in.

    Finally the "nowhere plains" sounds like a way of referring to the mind-numbed space which you get to when you are high.

    Not sure if anybody sees this song the same way, but that's always the impression I got. : )
    smallfacesfanon March 18, 2012   Link

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