Vocalist and guitarist Tom Fletcher recalled to the Mail On Sunday July 20, 2008: "I was singing in my car one day and 'Smile' just started pouring out of me. I always make sure my mobile has a voice recorder feature for such occasions!"
In the same Mail On Sunday interview, Tom added: "This song deals with those times when you're feeling down and you need something to smile about to get through the day."
"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.