Bodysnatchers Lyrics - Radiohead

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I do not
Understand
What it is
I've done wrong

Full of holes
Check for pulse
Blink your eyes
One for yes
Two for no

I have no idea what I am talking about
I am trapped in this body and can't get out

You killed the sound
Removed backbone
A pale imitation
With the edges sawn off

I have no idea what you are talking about
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Your mouth moves only with someone's hand up your ass

Has the light gone out for you?
Cause the light's gone out for me
It is the 21st century
It is the 21st century
It can follow you like a dog
It brought me to my knees
They got a skin and they put me in
They got a skin and they put me in
All the lines wrapped round my face
All the lines wrapped round my face
Are there for anyone else to see
Are there for anyone else to see

I'm a lie

I've seen it coming






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Just a guess | Reviewer: Lyonblaize | 1/19/12

The line "its the 21st century" seems to explain it to me

it seems to be about the changing times and music. People are trying to change them.

The light has gone out for them and they are are struggling to get new music.

"you killed the sound, removed backbone. A pale imitation with the edges sawn off"
Their music isn't appreciated as it once was.

"I'm trapped in this body and can't get out"
"They got a skin and put me in"

All of that is just a guess but it seems to work for me



Bridge is aswome, learning it on the guitar, you know the ambient part. | Reviewer: Regret | 6/5/11

I think this song is about someone exchaning himself for glory, and guess who? Thom. And guess to whom? Satan maybe?

It can follow you like a dog,
It brought me to my knees.

Afterwards comes his despair:

Has the light gone out for you?
Cause the light's gone out for me.

Verses are pretty much nonsesnse.

Then comes his rage:

Your mouth moves only with someone's hand up your ass.

Questioning us:

Are there for anyone else to see?

And lastly he sings "I'm a lie", meaning that whatever he has achieved in his life isn't his.

The meaning I came through, at least better than aliens. And politics? Radiohead never cared about politics, they just cover the meaning by telling it's about that. Why would they want to cover it? I don't know.




I agree with Matt | Reviewer: chreshirecat | 8/17/10

I completely agree with the assessment of backlash to their changing musical choices, and the resulting disaffection they felt. It sounds as if Thom is saying they felt a part of them was being silenced "you killed the sound" by outside pressures, which decreased the integrity "removed backbone" of their expression, resulting in "a pale imitation" - a mediocre version of a great band. And not only that, but with "the edges sawn off". He's talking about editing genius down to an average band with no "edge". Thom knew what they were capable of. That edge is where their beauty peaks.

"I've no idea what you are talking about" implies an artist's obtuse judgement towards those uninvolved in his creative process. "I'm trapped in this body and can't get out" is like "They got a skin and they put me in" - the writer feels creatively constricted, as if forced to wear another's skin. "I've no idea what I am talking about" - inner disorientation, possibly the result of a shift in the band's perception of their fans. Or perhaps a drop in self-confidence due to bad reception. Or perhaps he's mocking his audience.

"Your mouth moves only with someone's hand up your ass" - people can be puppet-like in their lack of self-actualization, often fearing the unknown and coveting the familiar. Thus, they want things to stay the same.



I HATE POLITICS | Reviewer: Travis | 8/16/09

i read and interview with thom yorke about this album and he compared it to in rainbows, he said this albums motivation was more anger and politics, but personally i find it easier to relate to because the songs pack a punch. especially BODYSNATCHERS fucking is great if you are pissed as well.

IN RAINBOWS was a much softer album because the atmosphere in the songs seems relaxed. lyrics, on the contrary, lack a relative relaxed meaning.

the song NUDE and the lyrics are a bit dirtier.



Thank you... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/3/09

...for ACTUALLY getting the lyrics right! So many other sites I checked have dumbass, incorrect versions of the lyrics.

For me this song is about alien abduction. "They got a skin and they put me in." They made him someone else. Bodysnatchers = aliens. Also there's an element of miscommunication and people being fake, "I'm a lie" ect.



in rainbows | Reviewer: jeka | 4/8/09

i think this song is not about them as musicians, I think is more about how people live in the 21st century, led by consumism and advertisments... it is like all they see creates an image... like a face, they put like a mask so they can be "IN" and "normal" but then you realize that people are not themselves, they are a lie, because they live their lives thinking of others.



In rainbows | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/14/09

Funny? This was the song that made me a fan....
This song took my breath away as soon as I heard it. I thought it was also one of the more catchy songs on the album.....though in rainbows eventually changed my life.



it's about change | Reviewer: Matt | 2/11/09

This song, as well as 15 step, sound like their reaction to all the backlash they got from their fans when they moved on from being a rock band into a much more experimental band. The lines 'Has the light gone out for you, because the lights gone out for me, it is the 21st century' Seem to show that they want to move on, and with it being the 21st century they want to do new, more modern sounding things rather than sticking to what they always did.

When he says he's trapped in this body and can't get out, shows that he feels that because of their other albums, they get stereotyped as something they don't want to stick to.



Powerful | Reviewer: Hardy | 12/15/08

I think this is one of Radiohead's proof of being still able to generate powerful sounds. And, it creates great effect. I agree that this song does not catch one's attention easily, but it grows on you and lets you enjoy its power. To me, the lyric itself is about the Bodysnatchers movie.

A good powerful song



This song is awesomo pancake | Reviewer: L | 11/14/08

Yeah, I'd say that I didn't dislike either of these songs when I first heard them. This song proves that Radiohead can still beat out all the other contemporary bands at a guitar-driven song, even though that isn't Radiohead's focus anymore.



To Last Reviewer | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/30/07

No, Paranoid Android is a song you love since the first time you listen it, this one has its own greatness, has magic but yeah you get to like it more with the time... Is like Radiohead can't possibly make bad songs



In Rainbows' Paranoid Android | Reviewer: Radiohead | 11/23/07

One of the songs that first you don't line, then it slowly starts to grow on you and finally conquers you! really great, comparable to Paranoid Android.





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