Rabbit in Your Headlights Lyrics - Radiohead

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Thom Yorke :
I'm a rabbit in your headlights
Scared of the spotlight
You don't come to visit
I'm stuck in this bed

Thin rubber gloves
She laughs when she's crying
She cries when she's laughing

Fat bloody fingers are sucking your soul away...
(Away....away....away....)

I'm a rabbit in your headlights
Christian suburbanite
Washed down the toilet
Money to burn

Fat bloody fingers are sucking your soul away...

Sample from movie Jacob's Ladder :
If you're frightened of dyin' and you're holding on...
You'll see devils tearing your life away.
But...if you've made your peace,
Then the devils are really angels
Freeing you from the earth.....from the earth....from the earth

White worms on the underground
Caught between stations
Butterfingers
I'm losing my patience

I'm a rabbit in your headlights
Christian suburbanite
You got money to burn....

Fat bloody fingers are sucking your soul away.....
Away, away, away,
Away, away, away.





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It's about death | Reviewer: Martin | 6/12/13

To me this tune is about death.. About how you "choose" to face it. The essence of the "message", I think, lies within the quote from the movie Jakob's Ladder in the middle of the song. (If you haven't already seen this movie it's highly recommended!) - if you fight death, it will be a painful one.. But if you are able to just give in, it will feel like a brand new, amazingly relieving sensation. Completely comfortable numbness.. Weightlessness...

And then - death is just the ultimate obstacle of life. If I get this song right, then the message is to embrace any obstacles, because you will always lose, if you choose to try and fight them.

Anyways I have listened to it so many times. I have to recommend this link (www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Q0KpTMRT4) where Thom makes the most amazing "cover" of it, with his relatively new gang Atoms For Peace, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, amongst others.

Oh and btw. I am certain Thom wrote these lyrics. It's like another puzzle piece taken from the depths of his soul. If you listen to everything he has ever created, played and sung about. This piece will fit perfectly - just slip right in there with the others.. I hope the full puzzle will never be completely revealed...........

please. | Reviewer: chicdied | 1/5/13

this music is not there for people to pull apart like a school poem. Like with all poetry, you take the words, yes, but you also take the ridiculous and UNLOGICAL feeling that it provides and choose your own meaning and what it would mean in your life/frame-of-reference. STOP SPECULATING! you are your own self. learn how to truly listen. not just with your ear. Just remember: LIFE IS AWESOME! even the bad parts. even when you think your life sucks, Its awesome because you're in it!
beautiful things are everywhere.

Jacob's ladder | Reviewer: kevin bennett | 5/7/09

You'll notice that there is a reference from a film "But if you've made your peace, the devils are really angels..."

This means this video must needs necessarily deal with some aspect of "Christian" Morality. The crucifix, and the repeated muttering of "Christos" is a dead give-away. As is the quote I mentioned earlier.

You'll notice also that, when he says the name Cristos--which is latin for "Christ"--he says it angrily. As though he's struggling with the concept of Christ.

I think this video has, actually, to do with the contemporary Christian Suburbanite misunderstanding of Christianity. "Christian Suburbanites" are those folks who go to church on Sunday than fuck their best friends' wives during the week. Ritualistic Christians. Holiday Christians. You'll notice that, yes, he is on the correct side of the road. And he's the only one--walking the straight-and-narrow despite all obstacles. You see, it seems to me that this road is life, and he is trying to finish this life through "works" rather than "Faith", which makes him an angry man. He screams the name "Cristos" repeatedly, as though he expects some kind of recompense for his miserable existence.

Then we have the "good samaritan". A Christian Suburbanite offering help--and yet our protagonist refuses that help. The Christian Suburbanite cannot be held accountable for this. Only the wandering man can. So: he is trying to complete this road called "life" on his own. Trying to make it to heaven with good works, as it were. And thus the obstacles (cars) in his life (Also demons) keep hitting him. But through sheer willpower, he picks himself up and continues walking, walking, walking. Then, epiphany. He shrugs his worldly reliance on works, which has encumbered him and BLINDED him. The hood has blinded his peripheral vision. Now he can see clearly--he isn't in the clear yet, but the truth is encroaching. Then, suddenly, it hits him. He does not need to do works, to struggle on his own as a loner, in order to finish the race and fight the good fight. Once he realizes that he is redeemed, he realizes that no power of the world--whether it be false-Christian wolves in sheep's clothing or murderous demons disguised as cars--can hurt him. And so, remembering Christ--from whom the word "Christian" is derived (it means little Christ)--he sticks out his arms and truly begins to live.

Schitzoid Rantings | Reviewer: Brandon | 4/22/09

The schizophrenic gentleman seems to be saying "Cristos" or something like that at times. This means he might be Christian because 'Cristos' is where the word 'Christ' comes from. In any case his spells finally work by the end of the song.

Its not fraking radiohead | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/25/09

its only Tom yorke but its by a band called unkle everyone just to correct you so dont go on about 'if you know anything about radiohead blah blah blah' i beleive this song and music video is open for interpretation, meaning interperate how you like whatever feels right to you i'm sure they did have a message behind it but all our messages we are putting together are relativley the same or similar anyway.....

Stop with the christianity shite | Reviewer: lee | 10/2/08

If you know anything about radiohead, thom yorke, or the people behind UNKLE you can know for godamn sure that this song isn't about 'self-actualization through Christianity'. And if you don't know anything about the above, then read up, like you read the bible and try to understand their messsage. And while you're doing that, read up on a little Dawkins. When you're done, revisit the song, and look at it with open eyes.

Reply to previous comment, | Reviewer: Greebs | 12/7/07

Im sorry but the man in the video is NOT talking in toungues nor does it sound like toungues, unfortunatley that comment, sounds like a attempt to turn people to christanity and if it is i believe it is morally wrong, or they have just had a guess, either way i do not think it is to do with christianity,
PS im a Methodist Christian myself

Awesome song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/29/07

Had not read the other comments thoroughly so if i repeated anything another user said, I'm truly sorry.

I think the video is about self-actualization through Christianity. I may be wrong, but if the language he's mumbling in is not any language in our world, then he's speaking in tongues. In the video, you can see that he is walking in the correct side of the lane. However he is walking instead because he feels no need for the fast pace. Some cars evades him, some cars hit him from behind and some even crossed lanes to oppose him. Even when the only car stopped to offer him the ride, he didn't even considered the choice. And to keep up to all the other cars, the dude finally gives up and drove on. The man then throws his jacket away, as if thinking that it doesn't really matter physically too (may mean physical coldness, or the fashion attribute). At the end of his road, he finally stopped, stretched his arms out into the form of the cross. And everything else didn't not seem to matter as he destroyed the next car(could mean the devil) that was about to hit him, and lets out a grin.

Interesting | Reviewer: Mike | 10/2/07

I know the lyrics are great in this song, but if you ignore them at and just pay attention to the video, I think is sends a different message. A message about bouncing back and eventually overcoming the odds by yourself. Think about it...

The cars are walls in life, obstacles if you will. Now if you notice in the beginning of the video, the first car nicks the man and almost kills him. The last car before he takes off his coat absolutely blasts the man and he wobbles to his feet almost immediately. What I'm saying is this, the harder the collision the faster the man gets up. Even though nobody stops to help the man, he is bouncing back and when he takes off his coat and poses in the form of a crucifx it seems he has finally come to terms with whatever was bothering him. Take a close look at the mans face, he gives a small grin right before the last car is crushed by him. The man finally has overcomed the obstacles in his life and has defeated them. In summary, when the man is nicked by the first car and almost killed symbolizes that the man is weak. After each collision the man gets alittle stronger and stronger. At the end, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and the man overpowers the last car because of his prior experiences. Great video!


Great video! | Reviewer: Mike | 10/2/07

I know the lyrics are great in this song, but if you ignore them at and just pay attention to the video, I think is sends a different message. A message about bouncing back and eventually overcoming the odds by yourself. Think about it...

The cars are walls in life, obstacles if you will. Now if you notice in the beginning of the video, the first car nicks the man and almost kills him. The last car before he takes off his coat absolutely blasts the man and he wobbles to his feet almost immediately. What I'm saying is this, the harder the collision the faster the man gets up. Even though nobody stops to help the man, he is bouncing back and when he takes off his coat and poses in the form of a crucifx it seems he has finally come to terms with whatever was bothering him. Take a close look at the mans face, he gives a small grin right before the last car is crushed by him. The man finally has overcomed the obstacles in his life and has defeated them. In summary, when the man is nicked by the first car and almost killed symbolizes that the man is weak. After each collision the man gets alittle stronger and stronger. At the end, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and the man overpowers the last car because of his prior experiences. Great video!

good samaritan | Reviewer: MT | 9/10/07

It has parallels w/ the story of the good Samaritan. A perceived outcast is being passed by. Those who have it w/in their power to stop and help (Christian Suburbanites) not only don’t stop, but look down upon. The one car which makes a half hearted attempted, still does not stop, but can appease their conscience because they tried. The crazed man- sheds his outer coat and ends in a form of a crucifix which paradoxically crushes what should have killed him.

its dark so dark whr am i!!!! | Reviewer: me | 8/25/07

life is so dull, so grey and monotonous, that in someway we are kind of all in bed asleep having our souls slowly sucked out of us by "normality" even though we are out there supposedly living our lives.
so true

Meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/4/07

Its complicated, and agree with the hospital meanings, but also extend it to other typical radiohead themes mostly anti-establishment and in this case the anti-fat cat mentality.

Other themes contained are life is so dull, so grey and monotonous, that in someway we are kind of all in bed asleep having our souls slowly sucked out of us by "normality" even though we are out there supposedly living our lives.

Go on.. "SHIMMY!!" for them all, please.. and dont forget to do as they all tell you do and let these other people rule your lives and make decisions for you that you would not dream to wish upon another.. as they sure are doing so now. Here,.. here is a pillow, go to sleep, everything is fine.. honestly it is..

Might be.. | Reviewer: Jack | 7/12/07

About his eye? Maybe? He says he considers the operation he had on it 'botched'. And it affected his childhood a lot. Would explain the bed, butterfingers, sucking his soul away, bloody fingers. But I'm not even sure the lyrics are by him, so I dunno. Sounds like they are though.

haa | Reviewer: Tillitt R. | 6/25/07

ive only heard the Reverse Light remix and i was thinking why are the lyrics upside down haha. and i do think its about being in a hospital alone and something goes wrong with a surgery? butterfingers, the bloody fingers of the surgeon? Something else too but i dont want to think for hours.


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