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The Thing
Pixies Lyrics


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I was driving, doing nothing on the shores of great Salt Lake
When they put it on the air, I put it in the hammer lane
I soon forgot myself and I forgot about the brake

I forgot about all laws and I forgot about the rain
They were talking on the Nine and all across the Amy band
Across the road, they were turning around and headed south with me

It got so crowded on the road, I started driving in the sand
My head was feeling scared but my heart was feeling free
The desert turned to mud, it seems that everybody heard

Everybody was remembering to forget they had the chills
Then I heard the voices on a broadcast from up on the bird
They were getting interviewed by some good man whose name was Bill

I'm almost there to Vegas, where they're puttin' on a show
They've come so far, I've lived this long
At least I must just go and say, "Hello"

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Pixies' song The Thing describe a surreal and chaotic scene where the singer, driving aimlessly near the Great Salt Lake, becomes obsessed with a radio broadcast that seems to be taking over their mind. They forget about the laws of driving and the safety precautions needed to drive on the road, and they start to drive on the sand, trying to escape the crowd on the road. The lyrics are open to interpretation, but many speculate that the "broadcast" symbolizes the power of media and how it can influence people's behavior and thoughts.


The song is musically intense and abrasive, showcasing Pixies' signature sound. The distorted and jagged guitar riffs and pounding drums reflect the chaos of the scene described in the lyrics. Pixies' singer, Black Francis, delivers the lyrics in a frenzied and emotional tone, conveying the panic and desperation of the singer.


Line by Line Meaning

I was driving, doing nothing on the shores of great Salt Lake
I was cruising on the shores of Great Salt Lake, enjoying the view and not doing anything in particular.


When they put it on the air, I put it in the hammer lane
When I turned on the radio, I drove fast in the left lane.


I soon forgot myself and I forgot about the brake
I lost myself in the music and forgot to brake.


I forgot about all laws and I forgot about the rain
I didn't care about the rules or the bad weather.


They were talking on the Nine and all across the Amy band
The announcers were broadcasting on Channel 9 and on the military's frequency.


Across the road, they were turning around and headed south with me
Other drivers were turning around and following me to head south.


It got so crowded on the road, I started driving in the sand
The road was so congested that I began to drive on the sand.


My head was feeling scared but my heart was feeling free
I was a little nervous but also liberated by the adventure.


The desert turned to mud, it seems that everybody heard
The dry desert transformed into muddy terrain, and it appeared that everyone was aware of this change.


Everybody was remembering to forget they had the chills
Everyone was trying to forget the fear or discomfort they felt earlier.


Then I heard the voices on a broadcast from up on the bird
I heard voices on a radio broadcast from a plane flying above.


They were getting interviewed by some good man whose name was Bill
The voices were being interviewed by a man named Bill.


I'm almost there to Vegas, where they're puttin' on a show
I am almost to Vegas, where there is a big event happening.


They've come so far, I've lived this long
The performers have traveled a long way, and I am grateful to have made it this far in life.


At least I must just go and say, 'Hello'
At the very least, I must greet or connect with the performers.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: CHARLES THOMPSON

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Comments from YouTube:

@gabrieloliveira1000

"my head was feeling scared but my heart was feeling free"

@HiGlowie

yes!! Absolutely love the melody at the end of The Happening.

@skxlter5747

How all us alternative people feel

@Conflictlightning6

Real

@nevynnowhere6322

I have no idea what is going on other move out of usa . My head is scared. And my heart is feeling free. I know where I'll go from being there and it is still scary.

And my head and my heart.....

@Gabriel-tt2pg

Vasco

@thenoxz2924

So unfortunate that this song is so short, playing it on repeat constantly, really wish there was more! Amazing!

@vraikorrigan

There is more : The Happening !

@jimmysavageultrabrutal8130

I'd just wrote the same.
Let it play on repeat and fuck everything.

@electric7man

​@@vraikorrigan So much more! The best

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