Estaba pensando sobreviviendo
Con mi sister en New Jersey
Ella me dijo que es una vida buena alla
Bien rica bien chevere

We'll keep well bred
We'll stay well fed
We'll have our sons
They will be all well hung

They'll come and play
Their friends will say
"Your daddy's rich
Your mamma's a pretty thing"

That maid Maria
She's really okay

Vamos a jugar por la playa
Vamos a jugar por la playa
Vamos a jugar por la playa
Vamos a jugar por la playa
Vamos a jugar por la playa

I keep getting friends looking like lesbians
If we get bored
We'll move to California

They'll come and play
Their friends will say
"Your daddy's rich
Your mamma's a pretty thing

That maid Maria
She's really okay
Vamos a jugar por la playa
Vamos a jugar por la playa
Vamos a jugar por la playa
Vamos a jugar por la playa
Vamos a jugar por la playa


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    Being Hispanic! at the Disco and 900% fluent in Spanish, the beginning of the song is a little Babelfishish translation here. It goes "Estaba pensando sobre viviendo con mi sister en New Jersey. Ella me dijo que es una vida bien buena alla, bien rica, bien chevere. Y me voy! Puñeta cabrona!" which means "I was thinking about living with my sister in New Jersey. She told me life is really good there" the next bit "bien rica" can be translated to "really rich" or "really tasty" Like when someone says, "este camaron esta muuuuuy rico" it means "this shrimp is reeeeaaallly tasty" Righty-ho. Anyway. "Bien chevere" is kind of funny because, at least in Mexico, "chevere" is a sort of dorky, quaint way to say "cool" like, "it's really groovy ova thurr in New Jersey" or, "things sure are dandy/kickin'/spiffy/neat-o in NJ" I'm not really sure if this is true for South American countries, it's probably more popular there, but I know in Mexico it was more said in the 70's and now it's an old-timey folk word. Whatevz. "Y me voy!" means "So I go!" and "Puñeta cabrona!" means "Weak bitch!" more or less. I don't know who he's screaming this to? Maybe his sister? Maybe life actually really sucked in New Jersey and that bitch lied to him and it's more like a call of, "So I go! [bad things happen, regrets moving] What a bitch! What a joke!" The song all seems like what hopeful immigrants (like my parents) all think the U.S. is like from what they hear in their countries. They wish for American Dream white picket fences, hot wives, plenty of food, all while keeping tranditions and culture, It is not like that in many cases. It sounds a lot like his idea of what moving would be like ended up clashing with the reality, like maybe he met some crazy Americans ("I keep getting friends, looking like lesbians") instead. "That maid Maria, yeah, she's really OK" kind of makes me think of an American tourist in a hotel, maybe. Maybe Maria, the maid, had drugs or sumfin. I don't know. Maybe I'm really wrong.

    earthstar_puffballon April 29, 2007   Link
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    This is an amazing song, especially live. I think it's about starting over, wiping the slate clean and starting a new life and being optomistic about whats to come ( I was thinking surviving with my sister in New Jersey, She told me it's a good life there. We'll stay well bred, We'll stay well fed)

    Debaser!on September 25, 2004   Link
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    nothin' like the spanglish in "con mi sister en New Jersey." Neato!

    pumkinhedon December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    I think think that song is simply about the life of immigrants in the USA from a rather satirical point of view. One of my favorite Pixies songs BTW.

    OpiumForThePeopleon February 22, 2006   Link
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    I absolutely LOVE when they sing in Spanish

    kijimaon March 04, 2003   Link
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    *i was thinking about living with my sister in new jersey.

    his spanglish is humorous. i would think, having mentioned the maid and such, that it's a commentary on the class differences (ie "well-bred" americans, and the working class). it all seems satirical. but only a suggestion.

    shinjiikarion July 01, 2003   Link
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    Does anyone think this song is paticularly significant as a pixies song? Like a landmark or something? Cos i don't know what to think, so you tell me

    muchthanmoreon November 02, 2004   Link
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    This song is soooooo awesome, just random guitar riffs. At first when i heard it i thought it went "Your daddy's rich, your mommas a bi-bitch!" but apparently i was wrong heh. Pixies kick ass!

    DuTcHoVeNon November 05, 2004   Link
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    Great song...the spanish is so cool. oh and dutchoven i agree i swear i heard "your mommas a bitch!" as well.

    cactustreeon November 06, 2004   Link
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    I agree that this song is great seeing live. Joey's guitar playing is insane.

    CB the PBon November 30, 2004   Link

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