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Radiohead Optimistic Lyrics

Last updated: 08/15/2011 11:00:00 AM

Flies are buzzing around my head
Vultures circling the dead
Picking up every last crumb
The big fish eat the little ones
The big fish eat the little ones
Not my problem give me some

You can try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough

This one's optimistic
This one went to market
This one just came out of the swamp
This one dropped a payload
Fodder for the animals
Living on an animal farm

If you try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough

I'd really like to help you man
I'd really like to help you man.....
Nervous messed up marionette
Floating around on a prison ship

If you try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
If you try the best you can
If you try the best you can
Dinosaurs roaming the earth [x3]

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Ethics | Reviewer: Anon | 8/14/11

This song is about how we realize all of the struggles around us, we say that we wish we could help, but really it's not our problem "give me some." Most people, rather selfishly, would rather live comfortably and spend their life in luxury than help those in need. I suggest reading The Singer Solution to World Poverty by Peter Singer as it touches upon this subject and isn't too long.

My thoughts, even though I'm late to the game | Reviewer: Ellen | 7/27/11

I want to read the Orwell story, and I will. But I'd like to think there's more to this music. On the one hand there's a sense of fatalism to it, but then there's the optimism. And being optimistic is better than being hopeful. And there's a resonance about it, something heartfelt. It's magic. And I'm probably just kidding myself. So, there it is.

It's the Music Industry | Reviewer: Anon Y. Mous | 2/26/11

I believe the lyrics are portraying the state of the music industry: bigger music acts "eat" the independent ones, and most music is "fodder for the animals": it's churned out quickly and without any real forethought to make money. "Dinosaurs roam the earth" can be seen as being about the older artists who refuse to stop making music in an attempt to reattain former glory.

Irony | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/23/11

Seldom do people try the best they can.

This song comments on the helplessness of the people who think they can change the outcome of their half assed lives by being optimistic about things. The big fish eat the little ones, not my problem give me some.

I love the imagery of the nervous messed up marionette floating around on a prison ship. To me, it's obvious that the puppet on the prison ship is the person trapped inside his life of following orders and being controlled by bigger beings. Brilliance.

this is what the song is about | Reviewer: russ mcdick | 2/21/11

You all is idiots. Thats not what song is about. Song is about New Yorkes struggle with his bandmades when they was recording the Kid album. Apparently they fought nonstop about song structures and he took it out on a pencil and paper.

Animal Farm | Reviewer: V | 7/2/10

Its an allusion to George Orwell's Animal Farm. Its not the only time York has Orwell present on one of his songs. 2+2=5 is from Orwell's 1984. Radiohead has been my favorite band since Pablo Honey ( hard to believe its the same band now, they have evolved so much, but always kept their essence), and I have always loved Orwell. Pretty interesting when I heard Optimistic and put two and two together. Seriously, if you haven't yet, read Animal Farm. It's a very, very short story, well written but easy to read, this song will make so much more sense.

Radiohead Forever | Reviewer: DarkT1ger | 6/5/10

I've never stoped listening Rdiohead ever since i discovered their music. For me the best band of the world in activity and one of the best ever. i woke up one today with this song in my head for some odd reason. i didn't remember the name. for my surprise it was "Optimistic". F***ing ironic.

radiohead is THE artist | Reviewer: turd furgison | 12/16/09

thom yorke is my favorite artist period. i really never knew his lyrics but i listened to his songs for years, his lyrics were astounding, but it isn't just the lyrics, i interpretated his music differently before, but it still sounds amazing to me, im only 12, i listened to his music all my life. whenever i listen, it reminds me of my life, it effects me with too much emotion, we're talking about ten years of anger, boredom, depression, happiness and plain insanity. seriously this music will be with me for the rest of my life, hopefully my kids' lives too.

Posmodernity | Reviewer: Andrew | 11/6/09

This song is about posmodern times, about individuality, about nihilism, about how powerless people feel, about how the old ideologies are now dead and a new one hasnĀ“t been yet creates (a new that offers plausible solutions). When I heard this song I was reading "Posmodern Ethics" by Zygmunt Bauman. I strongly recomend the reading of this book to get a better comprenhension of our times.

nothingness for the know-it-alls | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/30/09

This song is written about society. Saying how life today is every man for himself. If you make one slip up, big brother will come take you over. We all try to help one another, but fate is unstoppable. I agree, a very underrated song.