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wasteofo2 Posted - 04/23/2004 : 15:10:50
Recently listening to "Where is my Mind?", I realized I couldn't tell what was being said during a certain part of the song. Here's the part:

"I was swimming in the Carribean
Animals were hiding behind the rock
Except the little fish (here's where I start to loose it)
But they told me he swears (perhaps east west?)
Ttrying to talk to me (some nonsense, possibly "to me, to me very quickly?).

Anyway, can anyone help me out?

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VoVat Posted - 05/07/2004 : 14:46:57
I always thought it was coi coi or something like that. Isn't that how dolphins communicate or something?

There is, of course, a fish called a koi, but I'm pretty sure it lives in fresh water, so it's unlikely Frank encountered one while swimming in the Caribbean.

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ProverbialCereal Posted - 05/06/2004 : 22:17:13
This topic is funny. Especially because it's such a popular Pixies song.

I think in my version I sung:

Except for the little fish
Bump in to me
He swears
Trying to talk to me.

Probably not right. But this could be intepretted as: All the fish behind the rock are scared of this one little fish because he uses alot of swear words. The fish bumps into Charles, and thinking it's a dam he has run into, the fish says "damn!" Charles thinks the fish is trying to talk to him, but he really is just swearing.

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El Barto Posted - 05/06/2004 : 20:48:06
I always thought it was coi coi or something like that. Isn't that how dolphins communicate or something? I know there's some reasoning behind me thinking that's what he says but for the life of me I cannot remember.

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billgoodman Posted - 05/06/2004 : 16:01:37
I thought I just said something different every time he sang it
except the 'trying to talk to me'
he just sings
Except the little fish
adlgfjqhfkhdgkd trying to talk to me oie oie oe9eiamehrabfafad

Like that
don't you think
the 'where is my mind'-question is great
after a line which is insane?

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shineoftheever Posted - 05/06/2004 : 15:11:08
I hope i didn't start all that ^^^^^^^

In the DVD it seems pretty clear he says 'wait, wait, wait' at the end of that verse.

Why is 'monosyllabic' such a long word?
VoVat Posted - 05/06/2004 : 14:59:03
So, if you wish to wish a wish, you can wish for fish on my fish wish dish.

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This_Guy Posted - 05/06/2004 : 01:03:31
"i wish, i wish, i didn't squish that fish."
VoVat Posted - 05/05/2004 : 17:34:42
Nah, I'm pretty sure it's "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish."

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shineoftheever Posted - 05/04/2004 : 12:27:40
I thought it was "the snack that smiles back, goldfish"

uh....oops, too much fish talk, "i'm a little messed up on cough syrup now, so just like, nevermind"

Why is 'monosyllabic' such a long word?
Little Black Francis Posted - 05/04/2004 : 10:51:39
Except for one little fish
Bump into me
Swear he was trying to talk to me
Said wait, wait, wait

that's exactly what I always thought it was
Coy_Koi Posted - 05/04/2004 : 10:04:53
I've read it interpreted as :

But they told me east is west
Trying to talk to me, coy koi.

Which is a bit of a mouthful but my favourite, so I'm presuming it's that.
This_Guy Posted - 05/04/2004 : 00:49:21
cept for little fish
told me he swears
trying to talk to me
Lexo Posted - 05/03/2004 : 20:08:19
The Frank Black Francis recording is much easier to understand. On that version, at least, it's clear he sings:

Except for one little fish
Bump into me
Swear he was trying to talk to me
Said wait, wait, wait
TheCroutonFuton Posted - 04/24/2004 : 09:39:34
"That came from me snorkelling in the Caribbean and having this very small fish trying to chase me. I don't know why - I don't know too much about fish behaviour." (Frank Black in SELECT, October 1997)

"Wait, wait, wait?" would make sense since it was chasing him..
realmeanmotorscutor Posted - 04/24/2004 : 07:55:54
I never understood this damn lyric either. There must be an answer and there has to be something rhyming with "oy" in there.

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DruggedBunny Posted - 04/24/2004 : 03:38:07
I have...

Except this little fish/Bump into me/Swear it's tryin to talk to me/Say[s] [wait, wait, wait?]

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jonathan Posted - 04/24/2004 : 01:51:36
always had it as wasteofo2 and Brackish Girl...
but after listenig to some Catholics versions too (and it's possible Frank's changed it) I'm pretty convinved it is "except for one/a little fish, bump into me, swear hes trying to talk to me" and think it used to be "to-me to-me to-me" but is now "where-where-where"

"bump into me, swear he's trying to talk to me" conceptually makes more sense than "but they tell me that he swears, tryign to talk to me" though that is what the Surfer recording sounds like I do conceed.

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Cheeseman1000 Posted - 04/23/2004 : 17:32:09
I think you've got it right, actually, wasteofo2.

I don't think there's anything carp-related in this verse.

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VoVat Posted - 04/23/2004 : 17:27:25
I think I saw it somewhere as "coy koi," which would make sense, I suppose.

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shineoftheever Posted - 04/23/2004 : 16:51:12
koi, koi; coy, coy; or coi, coi?

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andalusial Posted - 04/23/2004 : 16:16:42

except for little fish, when they told me east is west, trying to talk to me coi coi.
Brackish Girl Posted - 04/23/2004 : 15:17:51
i thought it went '...except for a little fish, but they told me he swears tryin to talk to me say where where where, where is my mind...' but i haven't listened to it in a while, so thats most likely wrong.

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