One night upon my motorcycle through the desert speed
And it smashed my body so that all my friends thought I was dead
My sister held me close and whispered to my bleeding head
"You are the son of a mother fucker"

One two three four

I shook all night and held her hand
Chocolate people, well I'll be damned
Land of plenty, land of fun
To find out I'm Nimrod's son

Oh bury me
Far away please, bury me

The joke has come upon me

In my motorcycle mirror I think about the life I've led
And how my soul's been aching all the holes where I have bled
My image spoke to me, yes to me and often said
"You are the son of incestuous union"

One two three

Now my head is clear, my luke hands washed
My daughter's pure, my son is tall
Land of plenty, land of fun
To find out I'm Nimrod's son

Oh bury me
Far away please, bury me

The joke has come upon me

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Nimrod's Son Lyrics as written by Charles Thompson

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  • +4
    General CommentYOU ARE THE SON OF A MOTHER FUCKER. Haha...literally.
    impacton January 12, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentJjoe, just because Frank Black wasn't the product of incestuous union doesn't mean the song's a joke.

    It's like listening to "Motorway to Roswell" and thinking "oh Frank Black is an alien."

    He is most likely writing from another person's perspective...such as Nimrod's son...Anyways, Nimrod was the founder of Babylon, and a great hunter.

    Random fact of the day!

    The whole reason "Nimrod" got it's negative connotation is because Elmer Fudd was called Nimrod (since he's a hunter) and since he's such an idiot people associated it with idiocy.
    Audaciousmooseon April 18, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm pretty sure that his lyrics tend to stem far deeper than our interpretations. I realy don't think this song is just about t his little story he threw together about some dude whose mother is also his grandmother. I'm sure its biblical or mythilogical, and I'm pretty sure there's some crazy reason that he decided to sing about it.
    Bret LeBeauon July 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIncest is a common theme in early Pixies stuff and this song is probably influenced by "Odeipus". Both the motorcycle rider and Opedipus discover they are products and participants of incest.

    The lyrics are pretty clear; the rider realizes that he has been damned since birth and his whole life is a joke. The "Ha-ha Ha-ha" at the end of the song isn't a happy laugh, but an insane and disturbing one.

    Sad stuff. : - (

    Good song though. The Holiday Song is the sequal to it, I guess.
    lactosefreemanon October 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlive this was great, and they played the holiday song right after it. maybe the two are related, or that could be a complete coincidence
    LevitateMeon February 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNimrod was the bigest enemy of Abraham in Bible. Frank was crazy about Book...
    Mirzaon March 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a great song to get peoples attention at parties. Frank wasn't really the product of incestuous union surely? I think its all just a childish joke, though a good song.
    jjoeon May 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNimrod is in Genesis: 10
    eoztnegrason October 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, actually, I don't think The Holiday Song and Nimrod's Son have anything to do with eachother. Maybe the person in The Holiday Song finally hooked up with his sister and the result is the guy in Nimrod's song, but likely, the pixies songs about incest are probably not connected.
    lactosefreemanon December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh shit, the mother fucker wasnt an insult it must be real. shit never really thought bout that
    mdeaveson January 04, 2005   Link

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