Scatterbrain Lyrics - Radiohead

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I'm walking out in a force ten gale
Birds thrown around, bullets for hail
The roof is pulling off by its fingernails
Your voice is rattlin' on my window sill
Yesterday's headlines blown by the wind
Yesterday's people end up scatterbrain
Any fool can easy pick a hole I only wish I could fall in
A moving target in a firing range
Somewhere I'm not
Scatterbrain
Somewhere I'm not
Scatterbrain
Lightning fuse, powercut
Scatterbrain









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Scatterbrain | Reviewer: Joseph | 4/23/11

Read this and you will understand what is this song about.


"It's a really, really difficult song to describe. My favourite type of weather in the whole wide world is extreme winds. It is a bit dangerous. I have a house in the middle of nowhere and the house next door, the roof blew up and we just watched it and it was exactly like 'The Wizard of Oz'. It was fantastic. And this was a similar incident in the city. But it's kind of a love song as well, in a way."

Thom Yorke




the world | Reviewer: sidney | 11/24/10

"i'm walking out in a force ten gale
birds thrown around, bullets for hail
the roof is pulling off by its fingernails
your voice is rattlin’ on my window sill"

I'm living in a messed up world, where human beings are being tossed about, and bullets fly as a natural occurrence. Even our perceived safety in the Western world is coming apart, and I can hear the voices of the world's oppressed.

"yesterday's headlines blown by the wind
yesterday's people end up scatterbrain"

The suffering and myriad disasters are lost in the storm. We can't even keep track of those for whom we yesterday grieved.

"any fool can easy pick a hole i only wish i could fall in
a moving target in a firing range"

It's easy enough just to pick one problem to concentrate on. I just wish I knew how to devote myself to something, when I don't even truly understand the problems.

"somewhere i'm not
scatterbrain
somewhere i'm not
scatterbrain
lightning fuse, powercut
scatterbrain"

This kinda seems like suicide, from despair at the hopelessness of the world. "Lightning fuse" suggests it was too much for the author to handle, and had to shut down. On the other hand, drugs could serve the same purpose as suicide. Finally, it may just mean that the author just decides to accept he can't fix anything and start ignoring the world's problems.



The truth | Reviewer: truth | 7/15/10

It is poetry. It can't be comprised into words. Stop trying to analyze it. Feel the music -- the words-- with your soul/heart. That is a more powerful meaning than any could be constructed with words.



Emotional rollercoaster | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/10/09

I think this song is about emotion. A feeling. A longing. About corrupt governments and a media that dominates us. And a bacon sandwich worn as a hat at a jaunty angle. Some bacon pushed deep into your ears. With a parsley garnish. I'm hungry.



meaning | Reviewer: anna | 8/24/09

this songs make me feel that not the society is consuming us. it seems that the people dont get conscious about the world like it were only a game where you are the expectator.the people only live for them



society | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/20/09

This song is about a loss of meaning in society and seems to give war as a product of this. There is an abundance of useless information never before seen in human history. We were never meant to be able to process everything that is coming at us in our modern world. We no longer need to worry only about local problems and problems in our daily lives, now we are plagued by issues on a global scale. It seems that in order to cope with all these issues we ignore them by flooding our minds with useless information such as celebrity gossip, and the latest trends (fashion, cars, electronics). The overwhelming amount of bad news we repress each day along with the new garbage we fill into our heads makes us scatter brain. "yesterday's headlines blown by the wind,yesterday's people end up scatterbrain" is referring to any generation in modern society who eventually gets swept under the rug as tragic world events, culture and everything they once knew is unrecognizable.

Finally, "somewhere i'm not, scatterbrain" seems to refer to a another place or another time, most likely some traditional culture where these modern burdens did not yet exist.



Somewhere I'm not | Reviewer: scatterbrain | 1/19/09

The narrator is so enveloped in his own thoughts that he doesn't notice the things going on around him.. a woman enters his life and manages to permeate his thoughts. "Any fool" can fall in love in a way he would love to be in- normal relationships, I guess? But somewhere he has the clarity where his mind isn't lost in a storm of thought.

Funny how I put myself into my lyric interpretations..



reminds me of another | Reviewer: Donald | 1/13/09

I think this song is similar in context to his solo song "Analyze" from the eraser album. The lyrics from eraser are much more literal I think, this one is more of an abstraction and there are less words. I wonder if I'm right. I might be wrong.



our lives! | Reviewer: bahar | 10/21/08

yes guys, its about suicide,our daily suicides!!
we are all scatterbrain,it just reminds me this brilliant dialog of Fight Club,"GOD DAMN IT AN ENTIRE GENERATION,PUMPING GAS,WAITING TABLES,SLAVE WITH WHITE COLLARS,ADVERTISING HAS ITS TASE IN CARS AND CLOTHES,WORKIMG JOBS WE HATE SO WE CAN BUY SHIT WE DONT NEED,WE ARE THE MIDDLE CHILDREN OF HISTORY, MAN NO PURPOSE OR PLACE,WE HAVE NO GREAT WAR NO GREAT DEPRESSION,OUR GREAT WAR IS OUR SPIRITUAL WAR OUR GREAT DEPRESSION IS OUR LIVES,WE HAVE ALL BEEN RALSED ON TELEVISISON TO BELIVE THAT ONE DAY WE WOULD ALL BE MILLIONARES AND MOVIE GODS AND ROCK STARS BUT WE WONT,WE ARE SLOWLY LEARNING THAT FACT AND WE ARE VERY VERY PISSED OFF"
DREADFUL!



scatterbrain. | Reviewer: Kat | 8/17/08

This song isn't about suicide.
Take the word scatterbrain . It means your thoughts are scattered... disorganized... thinking too much about many different things all at once.
in the song, he's stating everything he's thinking...
and then he says "somewhere I'm not scatterbrained" ... which mean somewhere in this life, he's calm, organized, and "zen" ...
I think this song is pretty straight forward.
it is NOT about suicide.




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