"Gouge Away" as written by and Charles Thompson....
Gouge away You can gouge away Stay all day If you want to Missy aggravation Some sacred questions You stroke my locks Some marijuana If you got some Gouge away You can gouge away Stay all day If you want to Sleeping on your bed You break my arms You spoon my eyes Been rubbing a bad charm With holy fingers Gouge away You can gouge away Stay all day If you want to Chained to the pillars A three day party I break the walls And kill us all With holy fingers Gouge away You can gouge away Stay all day If you want to


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"Gouge Away" as written by Charles Thompson

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    General Commentthe song is very enigmatic, but I suspect it refers to the biblical story of Samson, who had his eyes gouged out by his enemies, and eventually killed them all when he was chained to two pillars in their stronghold: he pulled the pillars down, bringing the building down and killing himself and his enemies.

    The secret of his strength was his hair: as long as it remained uncut he was stronger than ay other man. He was betrayed by Delilah the woman he loved, who shaved his head and handed him over to his enemies, but when his hair grew back he pulled the house down on them as described above. This explains the lyrics about "missy aggravation" (Delilah, who got the secret of his hair out of him by annoying him) and the reference to stroking his locks (of hair)

    Many of the Pixies early songs had references to old testament stories in them. Black Francis was just into the weirdness and violence of the old testament apparently...
    zoton July 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentZot's on the money with everything.

    "missy aggravation
    some sacred questions
    you stroke my locks
    some marijuana
    if you got some "

    although they probably didn't smoke weed back then, Frank Black was trying to say that Delihah got the hair secret out of him by giving him drugs along with having sex with him and bothering him.
    lactosefreemanon December 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHAVE ANY OF YOU HEARD OF A GODDAM METAPHOR?

    Its not "A samson and delilah story and requires no further interpretation". You simplify the song by saying such a ridiculous thing to the point it insults the songwrite. The samson and delilah story is a metaphor/allegory for fucks sake. Thompson obviously felt that it paralleled something in his personal life, most likely relating to stoner sessions with some company (delilah) that was not entirely wanted.

    Everyone here is saying either that its smason story or pot stoyy. ITS BOTH AND SO MUCH MORE. CLue that its obviously not just a samson story...the mention of marijuana, "a bad charm with holy fingers" - HE'S ROLLING A JOINT, and why would he write a song about an old testament story that bore no resemblance to his own reality?

    And its not just about POT.

    A full analysis of this song would take an essay, and even so you could never achieve complete certainty. GREAT LYRICS HAVE LAYERS... and a lot of subtley, people seem to want to wrap it up in a quick and easy explanation... accept that the full meaning is abstract and elusive and all depends how deep u want to go.
    donkeyschlongon April 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe bible stuff's a given but i think there's other things in there . Gouge is allso slang for injecting heroin and what do most junkies cook their heroin on ? A: a spoon , allso , people are allways banging on about how marijuana is a gateway drug to other harder drugs like heroin . I think this song is Frank Black talking about a relationship with someone (doesn't have to be a lover ) that allso involved drugs and using the story of sampson as a metaphor for how the situation made him feel and maybe how he dealt with it . Junkies do tend to stay all day once they've had a fix .
    jonwaron November 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah, black francis was very interested in Old Testament stories. 'Dead' is based on King David and Bathsheba
    gouge_awayon April 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsome marijuana
    if you got some

    What exactly does this mean? Does it have anything to do with the testament?
    DuTcHoVeNon September 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song is about being treated badly and giving up fighting back and just taking it (Gouge away, stay all day if you want to) I think the marijuana part is saying "got any marijuana to make it easier to take all this pain your inflicting upon me?" The last verse is really triumphant and uplifting to me...I love this song, one of the best Pixies songs
    Debaser!on September 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is the first Pixies song i heard and one of the best. Doolittle is such a great album
    thereisnoiinteamon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the marijauna part has much to do with the rest of the song... does it really have to? maybe it just sounded good. And yes, Papa Roach's cover is disgusting.
    devilcricketon June 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk I agree that the songs structure is derived from the Samson story.
    Of course its not about Samson, but himself. I think he may be using the story to describe his relationship between him and his ex girl friend... but it could be more general than that...

    it was Samons weakness for women and not listing to god that would eventually lead to his "warrior suicide"

    He fell in love and gave his heart to what would prove to be an evil manipulating woman and she betrayed him. (been rubbing bad charm with holly fingers.. Great Line)


    Maybe the marijuana reference was what he thought to be the solution? lol or maybe it was something to cope with the pain... marijuana can be an enjoyable distraction from your problems or it can make you think and sort out your problems... so i really don't know what he means by that its too vague.. but it sounds cool.. its a great line lol

    In the story of Samson he told a riddle to the philistines and he bet them 30 pairs of clothes that they couldn't solve it. for 3 days they could not solve it and on the forth day they black mailed his wife to pry the information out of him or they would burn down her fathers house and kill them. (a three day party)

    After being captured, eyes gouge out with swords, imprisoned, enslaved, they degrade him by putting him on display when then he ask god for the strength to get his vengeance for taking his eyes by killing them all. and god being the vengeful "eye for an eye" guy that he is (lol) he grants him his strength.

    i break the walls
    and kill us all
    with holy fingers

    I believe these lines have a double meaning.. the literal interpretation of it is that god granted Samson the power because he was righteous. i belive Francis felt righteous as well since it was the girl who done him wrong. and the walls are the boundary that he broke that killed the relationship.
    Gritzon January 14, 2010   Link

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