The National Anthem Lyrics - Radiohead

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Everyone around here
Everyone is so near
It's holding on
It's holding on

Everyone is so near
Everyone has got the fear
It's holding on
It's holding on

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Re: hum | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/17/14

I agree with hum. In fairness, I heard it as "everyone is so clear," but the point stands. This is about individualism and, frankly emoism. It has nothing to do with American republicans. Thom Yorke does not give a shit about you. In my opinion, the song is about the impact/perception of the world around us.

hum... | Reviewer: alexey | 6/30/14

imo is just a song explaining the social anxiety we humans express when we stay too close lol is that simple i guess is about social anxiety. its something we all eventually have to overcome no?just a thought

wake up | Reviewer: saara | 2/2/13

NOISE that's all it sounds like,depressive shit, was watching rage and googling lyrics,life is crazy only because humans make it so, but if we can feel the earth underneath our feet and remember we are all in it togther,every living being has some substance and deserves recognition,well.. we might all ..wake up and respect other living beings also,cheer up. Positive minds

Don't worry he isn't being unpatriotic! | Reviewer: Chief | 1/31/13

I've read a few reviews here almost panicking as to the possible meaning of this song. Don't worry, I doubt very much that they meant to be talking about the US National Anthem, by the way ALL countries have them including the UK which is where the band is from. In all likelihood they are just doing what they do best, that is expressing the fearful Zeitgeist. So just to re-iterate, not an anti US song! God forbid! Our individual and collective senses of patriotism intact we can relax and enjoy that bass!

RH | Reviewer: chuestuart | 3/30/11

hey anonymous my first lyrics is

"everyone, everyone is so damn, and its hard enough"

and i guess for me, it also has the same meaning like yours

: ))

well i really love reading other opinions abou their meaning.. but if i cant really understand.. i dont care all i want is o listen o them till my life ends.. : )

hey hey my my | Reviewer: chaales | 3/15/10

this is earth's national anthem. this is humankinds faults. the lack of responsibility we take for each other actions as well as our own. at the end of the song it plays a little piece of politics.

being in america right now is like being in nazi germany. you're lives are being stolen right before your eyes. your living room where you sit and stare at a tv screen is a factory for building sheep. we work we live we eat we fuck we scream we kill we hate we try we fail we love and we die and we're satisfied with our understanding of reality but its a dream world created by some fucks who rule the planet. and so what do you have hope for? what are you living for!? WAKE UP HUMANITY. before you get stepped on running kicking screaming catching a nail with your foot dead around a fire pump.

USA? | Reviewer: potato | 2/26/10

Hmmm All this talk about the US National anthem is a little strange.

Radiohead are British, so I guess the lyrics are a summing up of the state of Britain, not the USA. They certainly fit the British mindset far better than the American one, don't you think?

indeed... us national anthem | Reviewer: LeXa1979 | 12/24/09

Uh... what's with the comparison with the US national anthem ? You guys never thought this song might be the Radiohead's national anthem ? Some mythical or epical song very well representing that "rock" band... If you think Radiohead wanted to do politics with that song, go back to bed ;0)

re:Nation ANthem | Reviewer: DJital Sneaky | 11/27/09

Not anything resembling the Star Spangled Banner. Which btw the melody is from an english drinking song.

From Wiki,
"The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's social club in London. "The Anacreontic Song" (or "To Anacreon in Heaven"), set to various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key's poem and renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner", it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song. "

The National Anthem | Reviewer: PrincessCharming | 10/25/09

Its just a perverted version of the United States National Anthem. They blow all of the sounds into a grotesque version of themselves. The horns, the drums, the fanfare; they're all discordant and huge, meant to symbolize how bloated and corrupt the country's leaders have become.
At least, that's what I feel when I listen to it. Everyone has their own interpretations of songs.

eh | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/25/09

well this song probably doesn't have much of a meaning to it... it's mostly instrumental and the band most likely wanted to capture the jazz band for their record.

for the longest time i thought it said

"everyone, everyone around me
everyone is so mean, i'm so alone"

but i guess i'm wrong

usa? | Reviewer: TheHIV | 10/16/08

Does not sound anything like the usa national anthem in any way shape or form. If you want to say it is a critique of nations you can say the same about just about any nation, look at england and all their cameras, look at germany with their insanly strict laws regarding anything nazi, look at any nation in history and you will see the same pattern, creat fear to gain more control. America really does not have a monopoly on that tactic.

usa | Reviewer: dmagickal | 5/25/07

sounds like the usa national anthem. security is the justification for war. fear is the core.

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