Trompe le Monde
Trompe Le MondeJoe may be the band's guitarist Joey Santiago. Maybe he named the album Trompe Le Monde, "Fool the World". And maybe that's why I can't understand much of the lyrics. Perhaps the words shouldn't be taken seriously: they're just the sum of their letters, played electrically. There are other signs of whimsy on the album, for instance the fist-pumping chorus "JEFREY WITH ONE F! JEFREY!"
By Frank Black Francis
Why do Cupids and angels
continually haunt her dreams
like memories of another life
is painted on her shirt in capitals
Out on the free free way
there's only she and the they
represented by the lights
We went to the store and bought something great
which samples this song from Washington state
Go little record go
it is named by
some guy named Joe
and the words
are the letters of the words
for outer space and those of they who paid
This song is twice occurred
and now its time to go
away on holiday
But what about the song from Washington state? Is it a Nirvana song? Probably not: Nevermind was released just a few weeks before Trompe le Monde. Or was Frank Black referencing a song from Bleach? Or some other band entirely? He doesn't seem entirely supportive of the band in question.
"The They" on the freeway who are represented by lights would seem to allude to space aliens descending on solitary drivers. And some of the They appear willing to pay for Pixies records.
Great album, weird lyrics, great band. And then they went away on holiday.
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