How To Disappear Completely Lyrics - Radiohead

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That there, that's not me
I go where I please
I walk through walls
I float down the Liffey

I'm not here
This isn't happening
I'm not here, I'm not here

In a little while
I'll be gone
The moment's already passed
Yeah, it's gone

I'm not here
This isn't happening
I'm not here, I'm not here

Strobe lights and blown speakers
Fireworks and hurricanes

I'm not here
This isn't happening
I'm not here, I'm not here....





Writer: YORKE, THOMAS / O'BRIEN, EDWARD JOHN / GREENWOOD, COLIN CHARLES / GREENWOOD, JONATHAN RICHARD GUY / SELWAY, PHILIP
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.



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music, people | Reviewer: rappaccini's daughter | 2/4/13

Why do everybody focus on lyrics? Yeah, you're right, they have deeper meaning, they are not so "usual" (but that's normal, every song of Radiohead has words that crush), but for me the most important aspect is his voice and the way it cooperates with music. Unf***ingbelievable timing.

wrong words | Reviewer: anthony | 11/14/12

Funny, I always thought the "fireworks and hurricanes" line was "flowers and hotels", considering Dupoisa's comment about how Michael Stipe would sit in his hotel room it made sense.

perfect song | Reviewer: daniel | 8/14/12

I'm so impressed of how this song has touched the life of many people. As other radiohead songs it can be interpreted in many ways. For me this song means an escape from reality, when everything seems going to hell i know i can rely in this wonderful masterpiece

inspiration | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/11/11

Thom Yorke is on the record as saying that the song was inspired by Michael Stipe of REM. They were touring together and Thom was overwhelmed by all the stress and Stipe told him that whenever he felt overwhelmed, what he would do is sit in the middle of his hotel room with all the lights turned off and close his eyes and repeat over and over "I'm not here, this isn't happening." One of my favorite Radiohead songs and particularly because of the emotion it evokes. Sad but empowering.

Strings Collide | Reviewer: Liam | 6/14/11

The movement of the strings at the end is the essence of this song, the spirit that jumps from the speakers and captivates your mind. In my opinion by far the greatest Radiohead composition built around a simple 2 chord pattern. It's the work of a band at their peak, when they produce timeless pieces that will transcend time and space and have the ability to connect with each individual listener on an individual and personal basis regardless of when or where the moment happens to be. Incredibly hard thing to do in a song but easily achieved here. Incredible song, a work of genius.

i'm not... | Reviewer: Eli | 4/5/11

I listen this song in my mind, two years ago, when i'm going to inject into my vein propofol and vecuronium... very sad moment... suddenly i stopped... "i'm not in that room, that situation" i dissapear and the life going on

Break up | Reviewer: Vicente S | 1/2/11

This is the Radiohead's song that most crushes me. When I hear it, it breaks my heart. I first listened just before my girlfriend broke up with me and the lyrics really get into me, they where going around my head for weeks. When I listen it again it makes me remember the pain of that break up. It's really a sad song for me.

Total freakout | Reviewer: Tom Linda | 9/15/10

I was working on my computer at home shortly after 9/11/2002 and I had Kid A on the stereo in the livingroom. I was depressed about the terrorist strike and still in a state of shock (I was living and working in construction in NYC while the towers were going up and I watched them grow daily - my daughter still lives there). I was alone and slowly the melodies and lyrics of How to Disappear Completely took on a new meaning. I swear, I felt like it was the voice of the victims in the towers calling out. I have not been able to listen to the song until this week.

River Liffey | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/9/10

Thom Yorke spoke about this song in an interview, he was staying in a Dublin hotel and had an out of body experience, seeing himself lying in his bed, he left the room and found himself floating down the Liffey (the river that runs through Dublin) towards the Point Depot with the lights and fireworks.

Hi. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/2/10

I think the lyrics to this song represent a state in which the person others see in the physical world is not really you, but rather a shell you have left behind to deal with whatever trauma or experience you may be going through. It seems to me as though Thom is singing about momentarily being someone else when you yourself cannot cope. That's what I got anyway.

How to write a beautiful song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/6/10

This song is about the disastrous Glastonbury performance, where it just didn't stop raining - hence blown speakers, hurricanes etc. - think it was 1997 or 8? Might have to correct me, but it was definitely pre2000. Nevertheless a beautiful song, love the bit at the end where the strings just go into chaos, I just think the whole song is perfect.

Jay | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/15/10

To me the lyrics are secondary in this song. The part that really sets this song apart is the clashing strings at the end. It feels like a massive buildup of tension coming to a head until it washes away just as it becomes unbearable.

deeper meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/14/09

i think everyone has the traumatic part right, but i figured a deeper meaning in some of the lyrics. "strobe lights and blown speakers" is referring to what thom is dealing with through his own difficult experience. where as, "fireworks and hurricanes" (fireworks i think being a metaphor for weapons being used in a wartime situation) as describing what others may be dealing with in their own traumatic situation. very insightful and intelligent lyrics if you ask me.

Meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/7/09

I Think this song is an abstract of a tragic situation which you did not want to be part of and wish you could just disappear... And imagine your soul to just fly away from there through the walls and float down the liffey... I connect to the song this way,when a tragedy happens to anyone you go through moments where you wish you could just escape from there..... Brilliant lyrics... I heard the song for the first time three months a ago when a very close friend of mine passed away when we were on a holiday.... What followed is beyond explanation..... It instantly blew me apart.....

Dupoisa | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/7/09

he wrote it on the dreaded OK computer tour in 1998, were thom ended in a near-breakdown situation. in the start you see him in a hotel room walking around and ind the ned he wrote "Im not here, this isent happening" on the window. i've heard too that its something Michael Stipe adviced him to do when this sudden fame became to much for him. after knowing that i think its about denial, he denies he is here. a way to cope with all of your hard times. in my oppinion the most beautiful song ever written.


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