"Trompe Le Monde" as written by and Charles Thompson....
Why do cupids and angels
Continually haunt her dreams
Like memories of another life
Is painted on her shirt in capital
Out on the free free way
There's only she an the they
Represented by the lights
We went to the store and bought something great
Which samples this song from Washington state
Go little record go
It is named by
Some guy named Joe
And the words
Are the letters of the words
Electrically played
For outer space and those of they who paid
This song is twice occurred
And now its time to go
Away on holiday.

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    General CommentJimi Hendrix came from Washington state, had a hit with a song called "Hey Joe", an album called "Electric Ladyland" and is considered one of the best ever electric guitarists in history.

    He also claimed to have been greatly influenced by sci-fi (hence "electrically played for outer space") and went away on a very loooong holiday, aged only 27 (just like Kurt Cobain).

    So maybe the lyrics have more to do with poor departed Jimi than Nirvana, as a few people above have said.
    Lantaon September 22, 2011   Link
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    General Commentgreat song. i love the cover by braid, another of my favorite bands. they inserted a hilarious spoken part in the middle of their cover. anyway, as for the meaning...i don't really know, it's near impossible to accurately interpret pixies lyrics. the title is french and i believe it translates to "deceive the world."
    caromageon October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it literally translates into "Fool the World".
    plosionon April 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentbrraid did such a great cover of this song. both versions are really good though.
    tsucolon April 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe spoken part in the middle of the braid version is off one of the tracks on the Pixies' album Surfer Rosa, "I'm Amazed." Braid just sorta transposed it into Trompe le Monde.
    rainbowsquirrelon April 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe song itself is very, very cryptic (beginning with the fact that they put a french title to it). I think it gains more sense when you take it as a part of the whole album, which is, overall, referred to change and travel. I believe that with this album Black Francis expressed his intention to leave the group and start a new phase in his life, even if he didn't consciously know it.
    Alienoon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song does not literally translate into "fool the world." For it in french to translate into "fool the world" it would have to be TrompER le Monde" Trompe le Monde, as it is exactly titled...actually translates into "Cheat the world."
    opivy7898on December 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThere is just something so perfect about the melody of this song. It may be my new favorite song.
    ROBRAM89on January 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite pixies song. i think that "trompe le monde" is an art movement... you know, the one where they give paintings a 3D effect by painting a fake frame with something on it, like a bird or flower.
    yellowstaron February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me to be predicting the rise of rap and the fall of actual music. The first part is describing some sort of vision, the two middle lines refer to the rise of sampling, and the last part explains that music is becoming an overly electronic bastardization of itself, where every song has "twice occurred" (sampling), everything is "electircally played," and the Pixies and good music in general are "going away on holiday."
    ROBRAM89on March 01, 2005   Link

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