Fitter Happier Lyrics - Radiohead



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more productive
comfortable
not drinking too much
regular exercise at the gym (3 days a week)
getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries
at ease
eating well (no more microwave dinners and saturated fats)
a patient better driver
a safer car (baby smiling in back seat)
sleeping well (no bad dreams)
no paranoia
careful to all animals (never washing spiders down the plughole)
keep in contact with old friends (enjoy a drink now and then)
will frequently check credit at (moral) bank (hole in wall)
favours for favours
fond but not in love
charity standing orders
on sundays ring road supermarket
(no killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants)
car wash (also on sundays)
no longer afraid of the dark
or midday shadows
nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate
nothing so childish
at a better pace
slower and more calculated
no chance of escape
now self-employed
concerned (but powerless)
an empowered and informed member of society (pragmatism not idealism)
will not cry in public
less chance of illness
tires that grip in the wet (shot of baby strapped in back seat)
a good memory
still cries at a good film
still kisses with saliva
no longer empty and frantic
like a cat
tied to a stick
that's driven into
frozen winter shit (the ability to laugh at weakness)
calm
fitter, healthier and more productive
a pig
in a cage
on antibiotics





Writer: YORKE, THOMAS / GREENWOOD, JONATHAN RICHARD GUY / RICKWOOD, DAN
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it's so perfect | Reviewer: commenterbud | 11/11/13

This song feels to me like being put on a lot of prescription drugs and sinking into the pavement and becoming a mannequin. This album was amazing to me when I listened to it first in 9th grade. I'm in 11th now and I swallow a pill cocktail every day and this song is what it feels like. It feels like you're sinking with the music, with the ghostly piano in the background. There's a man in the background you can keep hearing say something like, "Mr. Perrygloss ..." There's nothing like this album. Nothing can make you feel so stimulated and yet so much like a statistic than this album.

Auden's "The Unknown Citizen" | Reviewer: dano | 2/8/13

If you have the time, you should seriously check out "The Unknown Citizen" (poem W. H. Auden). The similarities are striking. It's seriously almost like that poem was put into song form by Radiohead.

Antipsychotics | Reviewer: Iván | 1/19/13

It takes sense when you imagine is an schizophrenic who wrote it, he looses it when he says he won´t kill moths or put boiling water on the ants.

Finally....
Fitter healthier and more productive
A pig in cage of antipsychotics.

life and how to live it | Reviewer: pudintaine | 1/3/13

This is really about how we wish we all could be, scary shit isn't it! If we all could be, Fitter/ Happier what a perfect world we would we would be in,right? Almost makes you want to be a spider washed down the
drain!

Requiem of human downfall | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/28/12

I think it's about growing up and how it reflects on our behavior. How we become more compliant and abandon our impulses good and bad. We become trapped on the constraints of social norm. We start living a life free from everything that satisfies us... We became caged and an artificial being sheltered from outside stimuli by by our own and society barriers.

the antibiotics | Reviewer: davman | 5/3/12

I honestly think that all of the things described in the song are the anti-biotics that permit us to be caged. Behind the positive messages of getting along with our coworkers and living a safe life are cues that prevent us from seeing the bigger picture... that we are constantly oppressed.

Without these things, without the anti-biotics, life in this world would be so unbearable that we will actually resist and fight back. But that's the point. That's why we are constantly bombarded with them.

Sad, very sad. But very astute in part of Radiohead.

Will not cry in public | Reviewer: Andrew | 7/16/11

I don't think the song has that clear a message, that's the beauty of it, it's about surface happiness that is expected and somewhat forced onto us and creeping sense of fear and despair underneath it.

There is some political element in it, because government always plays its role in this process of manufacturing aspirations and pacifying the public, but mostly I think the song is just about this surface happiness and the question of why it doesn't equal real happiness, and why the paranoia creeps beneath the surface.

Great paranoid music and noises accompany the narration.

its up to you | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/17/11

if you every day wait for his ending,and every year your wating for the summer vacation aand then in the summer you wait to see youre friends at school.....well "no suprises", your the pig in a cage on antibiotics, thom is here to say avoid bieing that pig that just waits for the end,
try to find the good stuff and ejecating things at every thing you do,
if its on traffic ,hard day of job/school, "boring" speech,try to love the "nerds" ot the "freaks".
do not wait for the "light", for that oneday that will change.... it will not come!!!!!!
this song is to show you where you are, not what to do no one will;no radiohead album,no mom,no nothing...wake up
P.S when your thinking of lyrics of a song, try to read beetweenthe lines not only what you see.

Release the animals! | Reviewer: Nintendo | 1/17/11

Yes, this song is describing our materialistic and capitalistic world. We are day in day out animals in a cage waiting for 5pm to hit so we can finally go to our other cage (the car) and drive home in smoggy traffic, so that for maybe 2-4h we can have peace at home until we have to sleep and start up the next day locked in a cage again. But my question is . . how do we break free? How can we continue being part of society, having enough money to survive and enjoy life, yet not feel so trapped? Radiohead . . you point out our societal issues perfectly . . now please, please show us the light at the end of the tunnel . . where do we go from here? How do we break free? Hopefully the next album can shed some light :)

Obviously... nowadays | Reviewer: Gabriel | 12/28/10

If only I had listened to this song back there in '97... nothing would happen, 'cos I was just a teenager and my mind "busy" w/other stuff (girls I couldn't get close to...).
For some reason I've been avoiding this song for the last 3 years (more or less), but that's probably because I often pay more attention to melodies rather than lyrics. Or maybe because I was avoiding the truth I was living (and "am" I must confess, at least some of this stuff that Radiohead points us). Ok, let's suppose we all know this is true, now what? I mean, how do you get out of the system without suffering? It's a huge (or tiny?) cage perfectly assembled, don't you think?
I think this band makes a wonderful job with it's lyrics showing us part of the reality that surrounds us and we don't even look at. I wonder if that's the way (looking at it) where suffering ends, like Krishnamurti used to say.

PS: my apologies for my poor english.

... | Reviewer: sofi | 4/6/10

you don't have to think about the future. It's describing our present. Our daily life.
It's not 1984; there is no imagination in this. This is our fitter healthier and more productive life. We are, now, the pigs in cages with antibiotics.
It's just perfect. I mean, didn't it make you remember of someone when it says "a safer car
(baby smiling in back seat),
sleeping well
(no bad dreams)"; "an empowered and informed member of society
(pragmatism not idealism),
will not cry in public,
less chance of illness"?
It's only our ideal; the ideal of citizen in our style of life.
If anybody meets a person like that in real life, he/she would probably say "what a kind and equilibrated person he/she is".

"A pig in a cage on H1N1" | Reviewer: Huxley | 3/22/10

It's about time people are waking up from their programmed "american idol" sleep. I agree with the others, read "Industrial Society and it's future", "Brave New World", "1984", etc. Watch "EndGame" and "Zeitgeist". Look up the "Bilderberg Group" and understand that they rule the world and are pulling the strings of the puppets. And don't believe the hype, because they own the news. Thom knows it, he's writing albums about it! "A pig in a cage on H1N1"

another perspective | Reviewer: Carlitos | 1/2/10

To me, this seems to be something from the book "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. A sort of brainwashing tape to be happy, it's meant to be heard over and over again while you sleep for a long time to stay inside your mind like an obvious truth.

fdssfd | Reviewer: sdfdfs | 12/4/09

if you want to understand this song and the problems with modern society read theordore kaczynsky's essay "Industrial Society and Its Future".. he is also known as the unabomber... a man who really understands how technology enslaves mankind. It is a beast whos stomach is never full, who eats us alive. The more technology we develop the more we become enslaved to it and powerless without. Eventually to reach a point where we are incapable of survival without machines, where machines themselves become too complex for us to control or even to perform maintanance on. We will be reduced to parasites, completely powerless and without freedom.

Radiohead are incredible! | Reviewer: Michelle | 11/9/09

I see this as the way that we're "meant to live". Technically, all aspects of this "life" are perfect. We all strive to have all of these things and see that as the ultimate goal, resulting in a so-called perfect life. But life can't be perfect. We're never satisfied, but that's just the way it is.
Listening to this song freaks my out because, while we all aim for these things, it sounds like such a horrible, robotic, meaningless life. I would never want to live like that.


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