This song reflects on the disappointment of finding your youthful ire dampened by middle age. Frontman Guy Garvey explained to Q magazine: "You lose your pushy side when you hit middle age. You can't keep partying like we have for 20 years. I used to love running into a crowded rock 'n' roll bar and spending all night throwing shapes (British term for dancing) and looking at girls. Now we love nothing more than the corner of a quiet pub, and a bloody good chat."
"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.