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Radiohead Bones Lyrics

Last updated: 02/27/2014 09:35:31 AM

I don't want to be crippled cracked
Shoulders, wrists, knees and back
Ground to dust and ash
Crawling on all fours

When you've got to feel it in your bones
When you've got to feel it in your bones

Now I can't climb the stairs
Pieces missing everywhere
Prozak painkillers

When you've got to feel it in your bones
When you've got to feel it in your bones
And I used to fly like peter pan
All the children flew when I touched their hands

When you've got to feel it in your bones
When you've got to feel it in your bones

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Feel it in your bones, man! | Reviewer: Mike | 2/27/14

So this song, to-me-personally, is about someone who pushes himself in drugs, in feeling good, "Feeling it in your bones", and his knowledge that eventually the good times will fall apart, along with his body, and he reminisces about what it used to feel like to be the man, "I used to fly like peter pan".

yup, fall from grace | Reviewer: duder | 4/3/10

There's no question that it is about a fall from grace, or loss of something non-physical. What tips it off is the line "Prozac painkillers". Prozac is not for the physical effects of aging that are described in the song. But it is one of the things that ends up getting prescribed to people who have trouble getting over loss. A "spiritual" painkiller.

Fall from Grace | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/31/09

Taking it somewhat literally, one might determine this song to be about simply getting old; about the wear on the body with age and how difficult simple tasks can become, like walking up the stairs.

On another level, however, it could also be about losing something - in particular something intangible like virtue, leadership or nobility - and feeling broken and pained by the loss, or by knowing that it was just allowed to slip away. The line "All the children flew when I touched their hands" could imply that the speaker once led people to goo things, but is no longer able to do that. Referencing that "you have to feel that in your bones" could simply mean that the pain of the loss is felt most (or entirely) internally.

I dont know, but | Reviewer: mj | 2/26/09

I feel that he's kind of tired of living things intensely. He misses the time life meant more, but on the other hand he feels lazy when he thinks about the price it pays to live like that. He dopes himself with prozac to feel less, can see that theres pieces missing, but dont have the guts to find or look for those pieces. And the thing about peter pan might mean that he feels old. It kinda resumes the whole thing.

I may be completely wrong but | Reviewer: A Glow Worm | 1/7/09

Okay, okay, I don't think it's arthritis. Maybe it's about a person who has been broken inside, depressed and crippled in the emotions and mind. They can't climb the stairs, meaning stairs for a good life and happiness or something.

If you value a good, accurate analysis, then don't go by what I just wrote...