You And Whose Army? Lyrics - Radiohead

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Come on, come on
You think you drive me crazy
Come on, come on
You and whose army?
You and your cronies
Come on, come on
Holy roman empire
Come on if you think
Come on if you think
You can take us all on
You can take us all on

You and whose army?
You and your cronies

You forget so easily
We ride tonight
We ride tonight
Ghost horses
Ghost horses
Ghost horses
We ride tonight
We ride tonight
Ghost horses
Ghost horses
Ghost horses..

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Waiting for the worms | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/12/13

I take it as a guy who understands the Orwellian dystopia he lives in and is taunting his leaders with big words but is really on the verge of total collapse himself (like alot of Radiohead songs). You think you can drive me crazy with your brainwashing & doublethink, but you'll go the way of romans; you guys forget so easy ('HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE!'). Or that could be directed at us the listeners, the amnesiacs who keep repeating the past over & over again

By the end though he's fallen into delusion, horses & crusades all over again. Its like a prize fighter who refuses to go down even though he's clearly done for

Love song | Reviewer: Jack | 3/4/13

It's a love song. It's not military or historical - Thom Yorke didn't fear the Nazis would "drive me crazy". It's about a girl (or perhaps a boy - don't know Thom's sexual orientation and don't care), but I feel it's an unrequited love song, to someone who is disappointing him. It's a bit pathetic in its strength, in the same way 10CC's I'm Not In Love is pathetic - he's hurt, but he's pretending he's not. "You think you could hurt me, you and your friends? You forget what great fun you had with me and mine. We're going out tonight without you, me and those who are no longer your friends." That's what it says to me.

World War II | Reviewer: Kat | 1/2/13

This song perhaps is about the battle that Poland put up against the Nazis before they were overtaken. Taking a look at what defines a fascist regime it is described in the lyrics with the reference of cronies and the Holy Roman Empire. Cronyism and use of religion to reason for government action are both present and essential traits of fascism. The ghost horses refer to the form of mobile infantry which was a Polish tradition, using horses in battle. Poland fought off Germany for a long time with less than half the amount of fighters and less that half the amount of rifles that Germany had. So sad. Right? And then as for the chorus, again it is relevant to the substantial amount of time that the polish fought off the German army. It may not seem like all of this is the meaning, but it definitely could apply.

curious | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/2/12

I'm assuming that what is going on musically and lyrically, the songs somewhat about defeat, but the words themselves are the persons words as they are getting back up, and when everything skyrockets up to the final verse its that person simply saying that they will not fall into defeat

Watch Incendies | Reviewer: nutshell | 6/11/11

See the film Incendies for a truly chilling interpretation of this song.
A metaphor for the war of the west against the Other, and the circumstances that create and recreate conflict, hatred and war, from the family through to the global.

Revelation 13 | Reviewer: Nathanael | 5/28/11

The Holy Roman Empire is one of the two beasts of revelation (false religion) that joins with the other beast (government) that are supposed to be there for the people, but obviously are trying to take advantage of us. This is the spiritual battle that is going on right now and that the people are supposed to be watching. The beasts forget so easily that they cannot destroy all of God's creation no matter how much power or military strength they have. We ride tonight to expose the light on the darkness of this world.

not about ancient times | Reviewer: eztv | 3/16/11

I think this is not a song about the ancient empire, or ancient armies. Radiohead has always written cynical and sarcastic, but symbolic lyrics. I think it is about people who have wrong ideas or are politically and morally very bad according to Thom Yorke. He makes fun of them by calling them the Holy Roman Empire and asks them sarcastically; You and whose army? He feels like he is above them, and he is right although he knows that the opponents never will accept that and for that they are stupid; "You forget so easily" - who we are.

Holy Roman Empire | Reviewer: Catatonic | 3/9/11

Just to give some background, the Holy Roman Empire was a very powerful middle ages empire which ruled a lot of mainland Europe for about 800 years (approximately 10th century AD to 18th century AD). It's not the same as the ancient Roman Empire, of which the western portion based in Rome fell in the 6th century.

As referenced in this song I'm assuming it's a metaphor.

Epic | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/6/11

This song is amazing, the kick in with the drums and the louder vocals in the last verse chills my spine everytime.

As for the meaning, I think it's about a bunch of rebel forces during the Roman times, fighting to keep their land and their families. Even though they have large armies, the rebels have courage and determination. Although they fail, they're "ghosts" resonate among the world for their defiance of the absolute power.


Great Song | Reviewer: Bam Bam | 9/11/10

I always have imagined this song as the ghost voice of a past insurgent who taunts the tyrannical power to attack, and in his death and martyrdom triggers the fall of the establishment. It's as if the ghost is whispering int the dying dictators ear, "I told you."

sick | Reviewer: jobey | 1/14/08

yeah, this song is incredible. the way it starts sets the tone for something big to happen, and the second the drums come in, it's like a kick in the face. there's a very complex overtone to the seemingly simple base for the lyrics, and it blows my mind everytime. radiohead are genius.

My favorite antiestablishment anthem | Reviewer: Dan | 1/9/08

This is one of my favorite songs. I love the open and blatant defiance of the establishment, even naming them the holy Roman empire. I can totally get behind that concept, and I am against them too. Whether you take the holy roman empire to be the world system, or the vatican itself, it works either way. Radiohead is my favorite band, both musically and lyrically. They are one of the few major bands who have not even thought of selling out.

Bravo, Radiohead.

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