River Euphrates
Pixies Lyrics


Jump to: Overall Meaning ↴  Line by Line Meaning ↴

Ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Stuck here out of gas
Out here on the Gaza Strip
From driving in too fast

Let's ride the Tire down river Euphrates
Let's ride the Tire
Let's ride the Tire down river Euphrates
Let's ride the Tire
Let's ride the Tire down river Euphrates
Let's ride the Tire

Ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride

Dead sea make it float
One sip from the salty wine
Dead sea make you choke

Let's ride the Tire down river Euphrates
Let's ride the Tire
Let's ride the Tire down river Euphrates
Let's ride the Tire
Let's ride the Tire down river Euphrates
Let's ride the Tire

Alright




Alright
Let's ride the Tire

Overall Meaning

The Pixies’ song “River Euphrates” is a provocative and cryptic exploration of the Gaza Strip and the Dead Sea. The song begins with a repetition of “ride” which emphasizes the song’s journey motif. The band’s lead singer, Black Francis, reflects on being stuck out of gas and driving too fast for their own good. The Gaza Strip, a historical battleground soaked in blood, is the perfect setting for a song about recklessness; indeed, the allusion to this American soldier coming to the very spot where fighting has long taken place is a nod to the political and historical tensions and uneasiness of the surrounding areas, perhaps also hinting at the moral difficulties of being a US serviceman fighting in, what seems to him, to be a foreign land.


The chorus of the song “Let’s ride the tire down river Euphrates,” brings a mystical yet realistic quality to the song. The image of the tire floating down the river can be interpreted as an indication of hope or a yearning for escape from the wartime climate. The Dead Sea, meanwhile, is a place of both beauty and danger, with its uniquely high salt content causing objects to float effortlessly in the water. The line “dead sea make you choke” highlights the sea’s deathly properties, one sip of salty water is enough to make the singer fall ill.


Overall, “River Euphrates” is a somber acknowledgment of the sadness and dislocation brought on by war. The river and the sea represent an enduring connection between ourselves and the wider world, a connection which exists both in peacetime and in war. The song, therefore, represents not only an acknowledgement of political strife but also a tribute to the human condition that exists in all times.


Line by Line Meaning

Ride, ride, ride, ride
The repeated call to ride creates a sense of urgency and excitement, urging the listener to join in the journey.


Stuck here out of gas
The singer is experiencing a difficult situation, stuck due to the absence of necessary resources.


Out here on the Gaza Strip
The singer is located in a politically contentious and potentially dangerous region.


From driving in too fast
The artist is taking responsibility for their current predicament, acknowledging they moved too quickly and didn't carefully consider the situation.


Let's ride the Tire down river Euphrates
The artist proposes a solution to their situation by suggesting they use a tire to float down the River Euphrates, implying a desire for adventure and escape from their current circumstances.


Let's ride the Tire
The repetition of the call to ride reinforces the singer's desire for movement and action.


Dead sea make it float
The singer references the unique property of the Dead Sea, known for its high salt content which makes objects more buoyant, potentially suggesting a hope for the tire to float easier downstream.


One sip from the salty wine
The artist describes a hypothetical experience of drinking the water from the Dead Sea, referencing its saltiness as if it is wine, which also has a strong taste, possibly portraying the water as having a powerful or magical quality.


Dead sea make you choke
The artist acknowledges the danger of the water, potentially suggesting that the adventure down the river holds both promise and risk.


Alright
A simple affirmation or agreement, possibly conveying the excitement or readiness for the proposed adventure.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: CHARLES THOMPSON

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found
Comments from YouTube:

@inputmodule

joey always looks so calm, like he's thinking about buying a new lawn mower...

@jamierobertson9832

Man, buying a new lawnmower is a stressful decision. He is the GOAT

@neboysh

He is just focused...nothing else

@elpixman1988

*Lawn mower company, the guy is loaded 🤑

@blister9366

Reminds me if Chris Perez in that respect 😊

@salaris

Damned, how much genius does it take to make all these screeches, jangle, howls and grunts sound like something coherent and powerful? Avant garde and still way ahead, hail to the Pixies!

@willpeony5534

That's whats been puzzling me, I usually hate this sort of thing but you nailed it.
(I'm not a bot by the way - "Doggerel" is on the way.)

@teacherchil1912

exactly...

@barriejackson965

It's an awesome sound, what a performance

@Ignatowskic64

Spot on!

More Comments

More Versions