"Alec Eiffel" as written by and Charles Thompson....
Pioneer of aerodynamics
(Little Eiffel, Little Eiffel)
They thought he was real smart alec
(Little Eiffel, Little Eiffel)
He thought big they called it a phallic
(Little Eiffel, Little Eiffel)
They didn't know he was panoramic
Little Eiffel stands in the archway
(Little Eiffel, Little Eiffel)
Keeping low doesn't make no sense
Sometimes people can be oh so dense
They didn't want it but he built it anyway
(Little Eiffel, Little Eiffel)
Little Eiffel stands in the archway
(Little Eiffel, Little Eiffel)
Keeping low don't make sense
Keeping low doesn't make no-sense
(Little Eiffel, Little Eiffel)
Little Eiffel stands in the archway
Oh Alexander I see you beneath
The archway of aerodynamics.


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"Alec Eiffel" as written by Charles Thompson

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  • +3
    General Commentbest pixies song ever
    sue asideon April 28, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhen the Eiffel Tower was built it was meant to be a temporary construction, and many people in Paris thought it was ugly. It appeared to be doomed and preparations were underway to tear it down, but was actually saved by the new invention of radio - there was nothing else in Paris high enough to act as a good radio mast location. Interesting that people have been talking about the design being ahead of its time, and it was also saved by something ahead of its time in the form of radio.

    The song seems to suggest that people are petty and backwards looking, and they try to tear down people who try to achieve something great - like the Pixies, perhaps.
    caitsith01on May 12, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes. He's name was Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. A brief biography of him can be seen at greatbuildings.com/architects/…

    I've always thought of this song as the story of a new Eiffel ("Little Eiffel"... maybe a descendant of the original architect) who built a space rocket in the form of the Eiffel Tower in order to travel to a new world. I got that idea from the CD cover which features an Eiffel Tower blasting off and the verse that says "Pioneer of aerodynamics".
    Alienoon December 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOnly the Pixies could write a song about a famous architecht and make it sound good. Damn.
    skiguskion December 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about me.
    BobbyBoucheon January 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits as good as you get married with ludivine sagnier and cheating her with monica bellucci. well, this song may even better than this.
    if09on January 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt the Drive In used to do covers of Pixies
    Nathanyieldon February 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song sounds like the theme song for a super hero. absolutely awesome.
    lifemakesechoeson March 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenteiffel represents the penis of a teenager. nothing else. and its the best song of pixies. no doubt.
    if09on April 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I dont think it means that. I think they are talking about a kid and his penis... because they mention phallic. look that word up. it could be about the eiffle tower though? "

    To the person who said this, "phallic" means resembling a phallus (penis) SO when he says "He thought big and they called it a phallic" all Francis is saying is that people mocked the Eiffel Tower because it looked phallic.
    Audaciousmooseon April 15, 2006   Link

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