This song finds Win Butler paying tribute to the French historical heroine, Joan Of Arc (1412-1431). The daughter of a peasant, the Maid Of Orleans was directed by heavenly voices to deliver her country, who were undergoing the ravages of the Hundred Years War. Donning male dress, she inspired the French army in the relief of Orleans, defeated the English at Patay and advanced to Rheims. However, she failed to capture Paris and was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English. The saintly peasant was condemned to death and burned at the stake for charges of witchcraft.
"Here Comes Your Man" is the closest the Pixies came to a hit in America. It was rumored to be about a drug dealer, but Black Francis says it's just a story about some hobos who travel by train and die in an earthquake.