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Radiohead True Love Waits Lyrics

Last updated: 11/30/2013 05:27:25 AM

I'll drown my beliefs
To have your babies
I'll dress like your niece
And wash your swollen feet

Just don't leave
Don't leave

I'm not living
I'm just killing time
Your tiny hands
Your crazy kitten smile

Just don't leave
Don't leave

And true love waits
In haunted attics
And true love lives
On lollipops and crisps

Just don't leave
Don't leave

Just don't leave
Don't leave

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downloaded this song in 2000 | Reviewer: rose | 11/30/13

first downloaded this haunting song in 2000 and the audio was so bad i had to make up some of the words... to me its about living through abuse and even though you are abused you still show unconditional love to your parents or partner because there is no alternative

The REAL meaning of the song | Reviewer: Jonny5 | 10/14/13

This song is about one person who loves another person so much that they would almost do anything for the other person. It is an idealization of love in the mind of the author. The lover states that they would do anything for the lovee (washing feet, wearing sexy clothing) anything, so that the lovee will pay the lover enough attention for the lover to think that he/she is loved. The lover completely believes in the mutual love, but we are left to wonder if the recipient feels the same. The lover sacrifices for the lovee. The lover idealizes the lovee. The lover infantanizes the relationship (cookies and crisps). The lover reaches out in desperation to show their love (just don't leave). Yet we do not know if these pleas are heard. Hence, a great song, and a great lyric. A heart-breaking tale of most-likely unrequited love.

Not as creepy | Reviewer: Rob | 9/4/13

I have to say that I always interpreted this song as being from the girls perspective and so not really about a paedo. The first verse makes no sense for a man to sing unless he is quoting a girl. The mention of crisps and lollipops is what makes me think she is young. I hear it as a young girl having a crush on an older boy and the title is her begging him to wait until she is old enough to be his girlfriend.
We all have our views, I am just stating the way I have always heard it personally.

Song meaning | Reviewer: max1976 | 1/16/13

Thom Yorke actually wrote this song having heard about a case in the UK where a young mother left her small child at home alone for a weekend while she went out partying. Of course people can interpret the lyrics however they wish but this was the story behind the lyrics. Hence the line 'true love lives on lollipops and crisps' which the child was eating when the police arrived.

I love you and time cannot "shut down" my love for you. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/1/12

What happens is that he and the other person are not together for some reason and he asks her through this song to wait. He'll do anything ao that he won't loose her. Have babies although he doesn't want to, drown his beliefs, in few words he would do things he never thought he was able to do just so that he won't loose her. The only thing he asks in return is that she waits for him, because they trully love each other. Some relations need time, because a person is too scared to trust their partner with their heart-after all nobody wants to get his heart broken... Sometimes we just need time to see the imperfection of the other person before we get into deep waters, because when we do, there is no way to get out.
He is not living, he is just living time because he is not with her, yet. And true love waits in hUnted attcs means that it never dies. True love lives on lollipops and crisps-personally my favourite part of this song-is about how we can be happy without money or anything. We are grateful since we have The person next to us. Our reallity is too perfect just because we have that person that makes our world hang upside down...
I want my person to tell me to wait. I am at the point of giving up and I want to move on but he wants us to last for a long time and we have to get to know each other better so that can happen. I found this song and I am trying to pursuade myself to wait up for a little longer but the truth is that I don't want to wait anymore, just wanna be with him, that's my only wish...

There are a few voices here - possible interpretation | Reviewer: Spock | 11/28/12

First verse: Young Christian woman/girl expressing her love for an older man. She'll do anything to keep him just as long as he doesn't leave.

Second verse: Older man honoring her beliefs, she's probably not 'legal' and he is willing to wait, not able to enjoy the life he wants with her...yet.

Third verse: Reflects on the relative position of the two.

Chorus: Don't we all have a deep need for connection? These two need each other - they're each filling some need in the other or mourning a loss that they are trying to reclaim, maybe a father figure, maybe the retreat of youth.

A different idea | Reviewer: Lucian | 10/16/12

Well it's gotta be about just love that is not possible, and talks about the aspects about falling in love that will manifest itself in everything you enjoy, and some parts of it will exist in places where you need to put them away because they cant exist now. True love will wait for the time when it will exist on the other end as well.

true love waits | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/21/12

this song was just dedicated to me by a very special person, and i think is an amazing beautiful song, i good song writer can write a song that any body can make it their own. jus like this song it discribes exactly what my special person and i are going true. I love it, now i know that he really loves me.

Perception | Reviewer: Passionista | 6/28/12

It's interesting to note the many and varied responses about this song as I myself googled the lyrics because I couldn't understand what he was saying.
What I take from this song is absolutely about "True Love" between two people who love each other in a world where society has moulded people into robots and not knowing and understanding the true nature of what love is suppose to be like and through much confusion are left with something hinting at what true love is. Not knowing or.understanding the real meaning of love, his assumption is more like many played out episodes from a soap opera or indeed his own experience as a child looking at his parents.
There is a real understanding of love here yet he dosn't fully get it, never- the-less...he ifeels it.

unreconciled love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/13/12

there is definitely a level of frustration in this song. --> 1st verse is about what he's willing to do to be with her (drown my beliefs, dress like a neice, wash feet). --- 2nd verse is his analysis of how he is spending his life. he's living a life for someone else, but shes not living her life for him, he just keeps spending time with her killing time. Tiny hands and crazy kitten smile are the cheap cute things that keep him coming back. --- 3rd verse brings this scenario full circle, A guy who loves a girl (for murky, unclear reasons) who doesn't love him but she's still a friend on some level or at least someone he sees often. The 'love lives in an attic', untouched, because she refuses to receive it. It 'lives on lollipops and crisps', positive connotations that refer to happier times.

Fahrenheit 451 | Reviewer: stagga | 4/25/12

The line "I'm not living, I'm just killing time" is a slight alteration of a quote from this Ray Bradbury novel- also alluded to in the cover of Amnesiac (the library book packaging)
I'm pretty sure it's "I'll dress like your nurse" though isn't it? That makes more sense than niece.

Unstupid | Reviewer: Cody | 12/1/11

A lot of these interpretations are just slightly creepy...The 'tiny hands and kitten smile' I wouldn't think would be referring to a child...A girl's hand is tiny, smaller than a guy's while girl's also have a cute kitten smile. 'True love waits in attics'; True love waits in depression till someone goes looking for it again. 'True love lives in lollipops and crisps'; love lasts with happiness and joy. Now, the first verse is interesting and more difficult. If it was indeed written out of anger, then it would be him expressing his frustration, showing how much he'd do to keep this girl, even with a painful past showing his swollen feet from a painful journey...Sounds a bit more down to earth and such. Every song can be made out to be about a pedo -_- its annoying.

Whatever | Reviewer: Steve | 11/17/11

Not sure on some of these posts.....not sure if some understand the beauty of music....u will never know truly what the song writer meant......and that's the beauty of music....when it's good, u can make it your's....make it mean what u want.......I'm in a tragic divorce with small children involved.......I don't want .....
..the lollipops and crisps line reminds me of the true love I have for my children.........."don't leave".....well that's my wife........this a great song and only should be that........a great song to whoever is moved by it.........that's all....I'm pretty sure Yorke has no clue who I am when he wrote this......but it means the world to me........and I don't care what he wrote it about; because I made it mine.........and that's why Thom Yorke does what he does..............

It's Magic | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/20/11

Thom Yorke is the greatest songwriter of his generation, trying to understand his thought processes is like trying to understand Quantum Mechanics. Just listen to his beautiful music and feel what it means for you, if you don't like it, don't listen to it.

just a thought | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/9/11

What if this song is about pedophilia?
"I'll drown my beliefs, to have your babies."
This person is willing to ditch every hint of moral wrong doing to be with this younger significant other and even have a child with this person. It's pointed out that he's just killing time and not living. This is all in respects to his significant other's tiny hands and kitten smile, a mark of a youth. He is just going to wait for the, so to speak, "big hands" and "cat smile." The third verse is just about how love is brewed from a wholesome heart, love is innocent (lives off lollipops and crips, both of which are things you enjoy during your innocent stages). The third verse could also be a reference to that boy-stuck-in-attic-who-waits-for-his-parents story. In that case, verse three implies that love needs to be patient and persevering, even during abysmal times. All the while, the words "Just don't leave" and "True love waits" suggests strongly that the subject is wiling to wait for the maturity of his significant other to arrive and hopes that, during this time of waiting. they won't drift apart.