Street Spirit (Fade Out) Lyrics - Radiohead

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Rows of houses, all bearing down on me
I can feel their blue hands touching me
All these things into position
All these things we'll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out

This machine will, will not communicate
These thoughts and the strain I am under
Be a world child, form a circle
Before we all go under
And fade out again and fade out again

Cracked eggs, dead birds
Scream as they fight for life
I can feel death, can see its beady eyes
All these things into position
All these things we'll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out again

Immerse your soul in love

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God Is Love; he who dwells in Love | Reviewer: andyy | 11/13/13

...dwells in the Lord. Something like that.

If Yorke is trying to come to terms with the horror of personal death - which is my interpretation - then he is of course right. The only hope is to "get over yourself" & see your individual being as part of something else, the world, which we can only perceive partially.

There is an insoluble problem entrained by existence; the impossibility of being a physical entity that doesn't exploit (even unintentionally) other physical entities (Michel Faber's 'Under The Skin' illustrates this perfectly), which is a terminal contradiction of all feelings of spirituality & love. And then we die.

I have had several moments of epiphany when I seem to be staring through this world into somewhere else, somewhere better. They have been associated with feelings of joy & love. Elsewhere I've likened it to looking out of Plato's cave, if only for a while.

I have no proof that any of these feelings are real or have any substance. But it seems to be a continuous thread throughout mankind's history, this feeling that there is something else, something better than our petty selves.

And it is something to do with Love.

This song | Reviewer: Jenna | 12/9/12

Is not inspirational. It is exactly as portrayed. The saddest and truest of all Yorke's lyrics, he felt it chose him and was unfortunate to have to recite it. It is dark and probably unfortunate to him a hit. The deepest of a man's life tribulations, staring the devil in the face upon death.

Street spirit.. | Reviewer: Anom | 12/9/12

This song is so emotional. There are school drama projects in state schools in the UK that kids age 14-15 have to act to. They are brave. I know some of those kids have emotional problems, we all do and if they understand the song, how do schools expect them to stay underwhelmed. The song wrote itself. I love that.

the TRUTH about this song!! | Reviewer: Lambo55 | 12/16/11

"Street Spirit" was written in 1993 around the same time as "My Iron Lung". Thom has suggested the song was inspired by the 1991 novel "The Famished Road" by Ben Okri and that the music was inspired by R.E.M. What the song "Creep" was to US fans, this song was to fans in the UK.

It was noted by Thom as “one of the band's saddest songs” and he described it as “the dark tunnel without the light at the end,”. So i have to say that the person who posted the comment about the lyric "immerse your soul in love" because thom wanted a positive aspect in the song is incorrect. if you read thoms feelings below you'll understand just how dark and hopeless the song really is, he even goes so far to say he doesnt "claim" the song but it "wrote itself". he describes how hard it is to play live and how he has to be so detached in concert so he doesnt break down on stage. he compares looking out at the fans listening and not understanding the songs dark meaning to taking your dog to be put down and him wagging his tail the whole way there cause he just doesnt know what hes in for. and to the person who said this song is about sex.. get a clue. this song is so much deeper than that. but i guess if you tried to understand you'd just be over your head and drown. anyways heres what thom had to say about this song.. his descriptions are almost as beautiful as the song itself.

Thom: “Street Spirit is our purest song, but I didn’t write it. It wrote itself. We were just its messengers; its biological catalysts. Its core is a complete mystery to me, and, you know, I wouldn’t ever try to write something that hopeless. All of our saddest songs have somewhere in them at least a glimmer of resolve. Street Spirit has no resolve. It is the dark tunnel without the light at the end. It represents all tragic emotion that is so hurtful that the sound of that melody is its only definition. We all have a way of dealing with that song. It’s called detachment. Especially me; I detach my emotional radar from that song, or I couldn’t play it. I’d crack. I’d break down on stage. That’s why its lyrics are just a bunch of mini-stories or visual images as opposed to a cohesive explanation of its meaning. I used images set to the music that I thought would convey the emotional entirety of the lyric and music working together. That’s what’s meant by ‘all these things you’ll one day swallow whole’. I meant the emotional entirety, because I didn’t have it in me to articulate the emotion. I’d crack…

Our fans are braver than I to let that song penetrate them, or maybe they don’t realise what they’re listening to. They don’t realise that Street Spirit is about staring the fucking devil right in the eyes, and knowing, no matter what the hell you do, he’ll get the last laugh. And it’s real, and true. The devil really will get the last laugh in all cases without exception, and if I let myself think about that too long, I’d crack.

I can’t believe we have fans that can deal emotionally with that song. That’s why I’m convinced that they don’t know what it’s about. It’s why we play it towards the end of our sets. It drains me, and it shakes me, and hurts like hell every time I play it, looking out at thousands of people cheering and smiling, oblivious to the tragedy of its meaning, like when you’re going to have your dog put down and it’s wagging its tail on the way there. That’s what they all look like, and it breaks my heart. I wish that song hadn’t picked us as its catalysts, and so I don’t claim it. It asks too much. I didn’t write that song.”

Well | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/3/11

This song is actually the blueprint of life compacted into three short paragraphs. They basically state how it doesn't matter where we're going in life; we just need to "love" what we're doing. People spend too much of their time pondering the meaning of life instead of actually living. Some people even blindly do what seems socially encouraged and become part of "the system". But that's in the next album, OK Computer.

If you read any of the comments, read this one. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/12/11

Going along with what Thom said about this song. Read these lyrics and then read the lyrics of 'Where I end and you begin,' they're about a similar topic. This song could be about the end of mankind, absolute misery. It could also sort of be about how throughout time, man has always felt so significant, but in all in all, we add up to nothing, we all end up dying the same way, drawing full circle, fading out again and again. You gotta understand the reason why he said this wrong wrote itself, Thom isn't out to bash society, the reason why he says "Immerse your soul in love" is because he wants people to be happy. He doesn't like how dark this song is, but he felt like he had to have something positive in it, love was a good choice. I love Thom Yorke. :)

If you just relax | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/30/10

I just close my eyes and let all the tension in me flow out, empty my mind and go with the flow of the music, completely detach myself from my surrounding and look at the world going around his business. Everybody is moving in slow motion and it makes everything at ease. In other words: i can let go, and relax...
...if you know what i mean.
(p.s. i don't know anything about any deeper meaning, but i don't think i need one.)

The answer | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/8/10

This song is about sex... Don't think about it every time you hear the song though cause that would ruin the magic effect it has on all of you who can easily relate to some of the most random lyrics ever.

Quote from Thom York: | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/6/10

"'Street Spirit' is our purest song, but I didn't write it.... It wrote itself. We were just its messengers... Its biological catylysts. It's core is a complete mystery to me... and (pause) you know, I wouldn't ever try to write something that hopeless... All of our saddest songs have somewhere in them at least a glimmer of resolve... 'Street Spirit' has no resolve... It is the dark tunnel without the light at the end.

im 15 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/13/10

ive never felt an actually emotion with anyother music except lauryn hill ,
to me when they are saying fade out again fade out ,its like sucking everything from you its telling your happiness to die,nothing ever stays the same this is this songs message.

Haunting Video | Reviewer: Anon-y-mouse | 7/11/10

The black and white video with the strange contradictory slow motion captures the haunting, desperate and trapped feeling in the words. It feels like time has distorted and a moment is forever.
In a strange way it reminds me of the early slow motion black and white videos of buildings being blown apart during atomic bomb tests.
The darkness of the feelings contrasted against the repeated melodic line give this piece a timeless and ethereal quality. Very dark, but beautful nonetheless.

you only live once | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/8/10

i know what this song is about but it actually makes me feel better about life. there are going to be many ugly things in this life that you will have to stare down but you have to do the best with what you have. death is inevitable but, in the meantime, you might as well immerse your soul in love

heart killing | Reviewer: MPL | 5/4/10

the only song that I've ever listened to capable of making me tear. really hopeless song, the only way to withstand everything is to "Immerse your soul in love". This song is so well written. It truly captures despair. Poor Yorke, I would never want to sing such a lightless song...

my interpretation | Reviewer: DCG | 2/24/10

this song is so beautiful, see it from my perspective--

The row of houses puts a burden on one's mind when inside you know are sad people. Everything is the way it is supposed to be yet it will all end completely. And fade out again.
Society will not tell you these thoughts and explain why a burden is on my mind. Be one with the universe and draw in love, before we all die. And fade out again.
Cracked eggs, dead birds, scream as they fight for life. I accept death, I know it waits readily. These things are as they should be. All these things will be at peace. And fade out again.
Immerse your soul in love

umm....... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/14/10

its just a song chill out, it probably doesnt even have a meaning most of it but thats to hard to accept that he didnt feel the same thing you feel when you hear this song and read his lyrics but thats life, if your depressed and want the "musical effect" you can get it from a lot of songs .

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