this comes from a song called Gouge Away by the Pixies.
it refers to the biblical story of Samson
I know that Gouge means Gouge in french
But the use of Away is obscure to me.
you can gouge away
stay all day
if you want to"
can you help me please?
Thank you, your answer is very clear and helpfulHi! I'm pretty sure we can't translate 'Gouge' here without paying attention to the rest of the song meaning. As it's said in Urban Dictionary, Gouge in slang means: "to be high, drugged, stoned". I agree the "away" part here is kind of an ironic invitation. All the song is a metaphor about the use of heroin in a critical way. The autor Frank Black has always been against drugs use and all his songs are always metaphoricals, not to be taking literally. Some verses are cristal clear about that issue:
Gouge away (meaning: ok, get high in an ironic way).
You can gouge away
Stay all day (if you use heroin, you can't do anything the rest of the day because of the effects os this substance).
If you want to.
Sleeping on your belly: to be sleepy is a main effect of heroin.
You break my arms: Addicts inject it usually on their arms.
You spoon my eyes: they use spoons to dissolve the dose.
The section about de Samson myth been chained on a pilar symbolizes to be forced to stop doing drugs and the destruction afterwards "I break the walls", etc. is the life of the user after having a relapse, being self-destructive and hurting others (family, friends...). Is very important here the verse "I kill US all": the addict destroys himself, but also the people surrounded him.
Or at least, that's my interpretation.
So gouge away means: "ok, go ahead, get high" (whit heroin in this case).
I hope this helps. Greetings!