While listening to Paranoid Android
), I realized that many of its lyrics
could easily be applied to western society
is by no means meant to be definitive
or complete; it exists purely to make the reader think a bit
about a song whose lyrics they may have taken for granted
It should also be said that this interpretation does not necessarily reflect my own views on the subject, nor do I think it's necessarily correct. Think of this as something akin to cloud-watching...
Please could you stop the noise
// A plea for everyone to calm down and take a break.
I'm trying to get some rest...
// Western society runs wildly 24/7; our culture never sleeps.
From all the unborn
in my head...
// A reference to don't count your chickens before they hatch; Promises, guarantees, etc. too often turn out to be lies
// told in the interest of making money.
(I may... be paranoid
... but not an... android.)
// I might look out for my own interests, but I'm not exactly approving of how we're all forced to run our lives.
(I may... be paranoid... but not an... android
When I am king
You will be first against the wall
// If I ran things around here, I'd change this culture.
With your opinion
Which is of no consequence
// And frankly, I don't care how embedded you are in it.
(I may... be par
anoid... but... no... and
(I may... be paranoid...
but... no... android
Look pretty ugly
// Desire for personal gain often leads to betrayals, lies, and fraud in the business world.
Kicking and squealing,
Gucci little piggy
// And if anyone uses the same tactics on you once you have some power of your own, you cry foul.
You don't remember-
You don't remember-
Why don't you remember my name?
// People are more often known by their social security, credit card, or various account numbers than by their names.
Off with his head, man,
Off with his head, man
// Because of this dehumanized system, it's relatively easy to steal someone's identity-
// figuratively taking off their head (i.e. autonomy and individuality).
Why don't you remember my name!?
I guess he doe
Come on, rain down...
// In reference to trickle down economics.
From a great
// There is a large economic diaspora;
a great height
// the rich get richer, the poor get poorer.
That's it, sir;
// Note the "sir", which implies homage...
// ...Yet contempt.
of pig skin;
// Possible reference to bringing home the bacon.
The dust and the scream
// Leaving others in the dust; fierce competition.
// Making allies for purpose of self-betterment.
// Anxiety is an occupational hazard of capitalist societies...
// And revulsion, a common emotion experienced throughout the bitter struggling...
// All of which just perpetuates...
// And perpetuates...
loves His children...
// Forming a secular cesspool of coveting and greed...
God loves His children
// That is little more than a glorified preschool schoolyard.
is track 2
on OK Computer
, an album by Radiohead
, and copyright
1997 by Capitol Records, Inc.