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Where Is My Mind
Song

Where Is My Mind

The Pixies
Album:
Surfer Rosa

Song Meaning and Background of Where Is My Mind by The Pixies


No song better exemplifies the Pixies' wacky pop instincts that set them apart from the other depressing Reagan-era bands than "Where Is My Mind?" released in 198 by The Pixies.

The lead guitar by Joey Santiago is more memorable than most Top 40 songs, and by the time Fight Club made this song famous ten years after it was first released, it had already been a staple of innumerable alternative-radio singles by bands like Nirvana and Korn.


Black Francis gave a characteristically enigmatic response to the question of how he manages to produce amazing tunes when asked in an interview in 1988: "It's nice to have space. How much can one brain deal with”?


The sixth track on the American alternative rock group Pixies' 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa is the song "Where Is My Mind?" It is one of the band's defining tunes and has spawned a tonne of cover versions.

 

Frontman Black Francis wrote the song while he was a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, drawing inspiration from his experiences scuba diving in the Caribbean. Later, he claimed that "this very small fish trying to chase me. I don't know why—I don't know too much about fish behaviour."

 

The guitar line for the song was written by guitarist Joey Santiago. He remembered,

"This was actually the first thing I tried. A lazy potato that instantly sounded strong and hooky."

 

The song got even more popularity after it was used in the 1999 movie Fight Club (where it plays over the closing scene).


Lyrics of Where Is My Mind by The Pixies


Ooh—stop

 

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground

Try this trick and spin it, yeah (Yeah)

Your head will collapse, and there's nothing in it

And you'll ask yourself

 

Where is my mind?

Where is my mind?

Where is my mind?

Way out in the water, see it swimmin'

 

I was swimmin' in the Caribbean

Animals were hiding behind the rocks

Except the little fish

Bumped into me, I swear he was trying to talk to me, koi-koi

 

Where is my mind?

Where is my mind?

Where is my mind?

Way out in the water, see it swimmin'

 

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground

Try this trick and spin it, yeah

Your head will collapse, and there's nothing in it

And you'll ask yourself

 

Where is my mind?

Where is my mind?

Where is my mind?

Way out in the water, see it swimmin'

 

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground

Try this trick and spin it, yeah

Release Date

1988

Songwriter/s

Black Francis

Producer/s

Steve Albini

Label/s

Rough Trade

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