"I Gotta Move" as written by and Charles Thompson....
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I had a taste
(I had a taste)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta get me off her face

Like Peter Radiator
I heard that he got bashed
Yeah, he got sainted
You know it wasn't for the cash, yeah, yeah

I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I had a taste
(I had a taste)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta get me off her face

He told me in heaven
That every, everything is fine
Well, that would make a good movie, huh
Well, that would make a good record, huh

I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I had a taste
(I had a taste)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta get me ?cross the lake

And then he stopped to say
Before he went down
This is the worst place in the sun

I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I had a taste
(I had a taste)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta get me off her face

Yeah, there was a Jack who coiffed it
He came from my home town
He was a prophet
Some kids they put him in the ground, yeah

Got coffee, got donuts, got wasted
Erased head and what do they say?
He's not afraid of the present tense
And talking back is a bad defense

I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I had a taste
(I had a taste)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta get me ?cross the lake, yeah, yeah

I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)

And then he stopped to say
Before he went down
This is the worst place in the sun

I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)
I gotta move
(I gotta move)



Lyrics submitted by dragonflower44

"I Gotta Move" as written by Charles Thompson

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

I Gotta Move song meanings
Add your thoughts

1 Comment

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentThis song references the deaths of two performers associated with the film ERASERHEAD, both in the Los Angelos area. "Peter Radiator" is Peter Ivers, a singer/songwriter/TV host who composed the song "In Heaven" for David Lynch's first feature film (sung by the "Girl In The Radiator" in the movie), a song covered by The Pixies. The "Jack who coiffed it" is Jack Nance who was the star of ERASERHEAD. Although the two men died 14 years apart, both deaths were the result of beatings that were never fully explained. I suspect Frank is literally singing about wanting to move away from the neighborhood or city that harbors such random violence.

    Other allusions in the lyrics:

    "He got sainted" - In one of his album covers, Peter Ivers was shown with an arrow stuck in his chest much like Saint Sebatian.

    "There was a Jack who coiffed it" - Nance's appearance is ERASERHEAD is notable for his outrageous hairstyle.

    "He came from my home town" - Jack Nance was from Boston as was Frank Black.

    "He was a prophet" - In one of his earliest stage successes, Jack Nance portrayed early American Thomas Paine, generally considered to be an American prophet.
    RogerRyanon June 10, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain