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Bone Machine Lyrics

Artist: Pixies
Album: Death To The Pixies

This is a song for Carol
Your into Japanese fastfood
And I drop you off with your Japanese lover
And you're going to the beach all day
You're so pretty when you're unfaithful to me
You're so pretty when you're unfaithful to me

You're looking like
You've got some sun
Your blistered lips
Have got a kiss
The days are lit like everyone
Uh-oh, Uh-oh, Uh-oh, Uh-oh

Your bones got a little machine
You're the bone machine

I was talking to preachy-preach about kissy-kiss
He bought me a soda
He bought me a soda
He bought me a soda and he tried to molest me in the parking lot
Yep, yep yep YEP!

I make you break
You make me hard
Your Irish skin *
Looks Mexican
Our love is rice and beans and horses lard
Your bones got a little machine
You're the bone machine

Uh-oh, Uh-oh, Uh-oh, Uh-oh (3x)
Uh-oh, Uh-oh, Uh-oh, Uh-oh

* : "Irish" should be "Island" (i.e. "Your Island skin looks Mexican"), as in
one of the islands of the Caribbean (submitted by Brian Gallagher)
Comments/Interpretations
by Emil on 6/2/2008 2:40pm
Awsome<333
by kenny on 6/6/2008 4:55am
"you're so pretty when you're unfaithful to me" is the most painful, truthful lyric ever
by poopoolarson on 6/16/2008 1:16pm
It sounds like Irish skin to me. i just listened to the live version from Lyon with headphones about 4 times.
by durk on 6/17/2008 8:13pm
i know its technical, but i think the last line should be "oh-uh, oh-uh, oh-uh, oh-uh" -- this i know from listening to the song and reading along. its also why its (3x) and not (4x).
by John on 8/19/2008 5:28am
These lyrics make me cry. Kenny, do you want to meet up?
by jake on 9/9/2008 12:34pm
i thought the lyric was "your orangish skin looks mexican"

by Lorenzo on 9/26/2008 5:32am
It's defo "Irish" skin, it makes way more sense, he's talking about a cute white girl
by ookeybookey on 10/1/2008 1:38pm
I like the pixies a lot but frank's references are hard to catch. I swear this is just "white-boy" double entendre.
by Sy Valentin on 10/3/2008 2:28pm
This was the very first song I heard by the Pixies back in 1987 on the radio one night when I was living in California. The next week my wife was given the CD Surfer Rosa as a gift and gave it to me since she's not really into rock. I loved it so much I took it as a sign that I must buy every thing they ever put out as they put it out. I LOVE the Pixies and wish they never broke up!
by ycontrol on 10/14/2008 1:17am
The lyrics has got to be "Irish skin looks Mexican", I'd say. It could refer to pale Irish skin looking tan, like a Mexican's. Since the girl being talked about has a fondness for the beach.
"You're looking like
You've got some sun"
^And that.
by Nirvanita on 10/23/2008 1:47pm
UH-OH-UH-OH-UH-OH!!!
COOOOOL!!!!
by Hope on 12/30/2008 4:59pm
So funny how you listen to a song for years and then finally see the lyrics and it just changes everything!!
by MillsyKafer on 1/13/2009 10:25pm
Surfer Rosa originally. Death to the Pixies was a best of.

I may be wrong.
by bobby on 1/15/2009 9:56pm
Just heard this song on 94.9 san diego...coming back from mexico to L.A....what a track!
by Grimm_Smile on 1/25/2009 12:53pm
yeah, its definitely "your Irish skin". I agree. but its not like it matters, its not gonna do anything talking about how its wrong.
by atheist on 2/20/2009 9:57pm
What about, "your eyes and skin look Mexican"? That might work too.
by kimdealrules on 2/27/2009 5:38pm
Some of you have a wacky imagination... It's 'island' skin, the chick's Japanese!!! Japan is an island dig?

And you're really into Japanese fast food and your Jap lover, right?
by jake on 3/1/2009 11:29pm
uh huh
by Dan Debaser on 4/11/2009 2:04am
Who says she's Japanese???

I always heard 'Irish Skin'... But then again I thought it was 'you look alike, you got some sun'

By the way it should be 'You're' not 'your' in the second line...
by drennen on 4/24/2009 5:49pm
olive skin looks mexican.
by Mandyyy on 4/27/2009 10:42am
It's totally 'Irish skin'...it just makes sense that her pale skin has gone bronze from going to the beach 'all day'....
And they are my heroes..
by asa on 5/9/2009 10:35pm
I though it was "ivory skin looks Mexican", but that's a bit nonsensical.
by bender on 5/13/2009 2:17am
theyre from boston its irish get it
by kinda sorta on 7/30/2009 10:54am
I thought it was "Yo! Isacc Stern cooks Mexican."
:)
by kinda sorta on 7/30/2009 10:57am
By the way, with Frank ANYTHING is possible. All his songs have a tinge of nonsensical about them.
by maybe im fucked on 8/17/2009 7:54am
yep its def irish skin
by mustapha mond on 11/17/2009 4:28am
"The days are lit like everyone" should be "that taste a bit like everyone". as in she's kissed a whole bunch of people. cuz she cheats on him, you know.
by rohan on 11/27/2009 4:35am
"He bought me a soda and he tried to molest me in the parking lot
Yep, yep yep YEP!"
haha genius
by Tom on 11/30/2009 5:15pm
what exactly does the chorus mean? I love this song!
by duran on 12/18/2009 3:51am
she is a mail order bride come on people
by Olga on 3/26/2010 7:28am
...Or perhaps this Japanese girl is so pale she's reminding him of famously white Irish skin?
Although Ireland is, as we all know and appreciate, an island.
And - who's Carol?
If this plot gets any thicker, we'd simply have to call it Dumbo.
by Steve on 7/6/2010 10:10am
It's not:
The days are lit like everyone

It's:
They taste a bit like everyone

This is a song about a girl who cheats on her bf. Makes more sense that way, eh?
by cooley on 10/9/2010 4:30pm
It's always been Irish skin. And I've always thought he was referring to her lover as "Japanese fast food" in a snarky sort of way, describing him as a cheap lay.
by kuki on 12/25/2010 10:39am
pošteno
by BozipherOK on 2/2/2011 3:42pm
What the hell is a bone machine? .I still love the song
by Aaron on 4/1/2011 11:45am
a bone machine is a thrusting pelvis... aka something to fuck.

It is so "IRISH SKIN" i know island makes sense, but thats just not what he says... watch a live version.
by Irish skin you roody poos on 6/21/2011 12:57pm
This song is for Carol!

You know any Japanese with the name of Carol? It's Irish...
by yeah you bloody roody poos on 11/2/2011 3:55pm
who on earth suggested "carol" was a japanese girl?! a japanese girl who likes japanese food and japanese men, wow great lyrics. it says irish. she's got a tan so she looks mexican. she's gone from being a wee boring paley irish lass to an exotic man eater. but of course its all tinged with irony (nothing exotic about fast food/blisters)
by Monty on 11/14/2011 7:19am
So if they didn't want it, why did he build it anyway. Fucking Alec!
by One More Vote For Irish on 6/14/2012 4:39pm
I don't normally bother contributing to these things, but I just spent a half hour of my life on this. Granted, it was spent listening to one of the best songs of all time, but still... it was a half hour. It is "Irish skin" without a doubt. The album has always sounded like Irish skin to me. Every live version I found on YouTube says Irish. Their mouths look like they are saying Irish and not Island. It is, and always will be "Irish Skin".
by Madmadra on 6/28/2012 7:50pm
The lyric is : Irish skin deffo. Not Island skin. Listened x12 times in a row while sober despite being very Irish myself.


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