Cease to resist, giving my goodbye
Drive my car into the ocean
You'll think I'm dead, but I sail away
On a wave of mutilation
A wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Wave
Wave

I've kissed mermaids, rode the El Nino
Walked the sand with the crustaceans
Could find my way to Mariana
On a wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Wave
Wave

Wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Wave
Wave


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  • +8
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    I agree with this being about self-destruction, but not suicide. "You think I'm dead, but I sail away". It's like, if life has you down and everything sucks, then instead of suicide which is permanent you can just throw away everything that's holding you down and create a new life.

    DanVitaleRockson June 18, 2003   Link
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    i heard them say in an interview that the first verse is about this phenomenon in japan where business men would drive their cars, families in tow, into the ocean.

    needafixon May 13, 2004   Link
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    "The first verse is about the phenomenon, where japanese businessmen were putting their whole family in the car and driving off the dock. The second verse features the Marianas Trench." - Frank Black in SELECT, october 1997.

    Stamehadon September 20, 2004   Link
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    oh yeah, what a way to put suicide...

    this song is just such a fucking hymn... frank black is one of the greatest sonmgwriters of all time

    thisboyistocotronicon March 21, 2003   Link
  • +1
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    Seems to be saying that self-destruction is a release. By destroying yourself you are freed - people will think you are dead, but in fact you are opening yourself to a new experience, freeing yourself from your torment. So maybe suicide isn't such a bad thing?

    Of course, its probably metaphorical.

    caitsith01on May 13, 2003   Link
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    caitsith01 nailed it right on the head. i was thinking that exactly but wasnt sure how to put it into words. and the thing about the japanese business men makes a lot of sense the more i think about it. this very well could be my fav pixies song and has the best lyrics aside from monkey gone to heaven hands down

    hpw101on June 17, 2004   Link
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    This I think is talking about how suicide, and well more specifically death, is a release, and that even though you're dying you're actually freeing yourself. I think thats what this song is trying to say, its not condoning suicide, but its simply just saying about how death is freedom, its a release.

    opivy7898on June 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    It turns out that the song title "Wave of Mutilation" is taken from a Japanese newspaper headline on suicide

    paranoid-androidon October 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Hurricane katrina? As good as Black Francis is, he's no prophet.

    I think sometimes he sings "wave of new relation". The song is about a new relationship. He's recently left his ex. She thinks he won't cope without her but he finds this new relationship. Mutilation as in the way one changes slightly to accommodate a new partner. In the second verse he's singing about how it's all worked out for him and he's pretty pleased with it all.

    leonr23on October 28, 2008   Link
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    i read somewhere it was about a town in Asia that was mutilating all their townspeople. i can't remember specifically, but i heard this is what the song is about. either way its a wonderful song that could be taken literally (as in the town goes crazy) or metaphorically (you go crazy, you self destruct, its all good)

    neely oharaon April 21, 2004   Link

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