Drift all you like
From ocean to ocean
Search the whole world
But drunken confessions
And hijacked affairs
Just make you more alone

If you come home
I'll bake you a cake
Made of all their eyes
I wish you could see me
Dressed for the kill
You're my man-o-war
You're my man-o-war

The worms will come for you
Big boots

So unplug the phones
Stop all the chatter
It all comes flooding back
From poisoned clouds
To poisoned dwarf
You're my man-o-war

The worms will come for you
Big boots

The worms will come for you
Big boots
For you
Big boots


Lyrics submitted by kenna15, edited by TheKidA

Big Boots (A.K.A. Man-O-War) song meanings
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    General CommentThe correct lyrics are:
    BIG BOOTS (MAN-O-WAR)

    Drift all you like
    From ocean to ocean
    Search the whole world
    But drunken confessions
    And hijacked affairs
    Just make you more alone

    If you come home
    I'll bake you a cake
    Made of all their eyes
    I wish you could see me
    Dressed for the kill
    What a nasty surprise
    You're my man-o-war
    You're my man-o-war

    The worms will come for you
    Big boots

    So unplug the phones
    Stop all the chatter
    It all comes flooding back
    From poisoned clouds
    To poisoned dwarf
    What a nasty surprise
    You're my man-o-war

    The worms will come for you
    Big boots

    The worms will come for you
    Big boots
    For you
    Big boots

    I think this song is full of metaphors and symbolism, and probably isn't supposed to be taken literally. I don't think it has to do anything with going to war but with the man o' war, a poisonous fish, but not literally of course, but as something poisonous (hence the other lines about poison). I agree with polyethelyne that the narrator is a female whose husband continues looking for love in other woman. She sabotages her man's chances with these other women, and tells him that looking for someone else will only end up with him completely alone. Quite a nasty song, but I love it.
    eatenbythewormson November 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is completely unreleased and there is only 1 version of it. It has been played 4 times live and has the possibilty of appearing on their new album.
    kenna15on July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was played on the 7th of August 2002 in Salamanca, Spain. The best quality bootleg of it available is now the one from that show.
    ikarion August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoaw, 2002? those were the only reviews on this song. Damn! this is one of the greatest RH songs ever to not be released (too bad). It was to be featured on the old Avengers soundtrack, but never made it cuz RAdiohead were too jaded by its incompletion, just watch "Meeting People is Easy" movie. Honestly, I could careless what RH's songs mean cuz they're just too beautiful to sit there and decipher, I'd rather just swim in the harmony of the band's music and Thom's voice. But yeah, umm to the guys above my comment go to, (s93609871.onlinehome.us/tired/…) they have the ripped version straight from the MPiE movie. It's beautiful.
    relephoraon May 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHis is one of those song's... It's what Radiohead are about. Fuckin beautiful..
    theresnoreston January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat the hell?!?!?! WHY AREN\'T THERE MORE COMMENTS??

    this is one of my favourite radiohead songs ... of all time.. seriously... i agree with theresnorest... AHHHH!!!

    i always though it could be a message from thom\'s girlfriend to thom whilst he is away on a tour. it sort of makes sense!

    \"you\'re my man-o-war\" = thom!
    \"i will bake you a cake\" = beckoning him back to domestic life
    \"drift all you like, from ocean to ocean... just make you more alone\" = awww.. thommy needs his girlfriend!

    it sort of sounds like a warning to me, too.. kind of eerie...
    pollyethyleneon April 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it's probably one of my favourite Radiohead songs, along with Big Ideas (Don't Get Any) of all time.. if not of the unreleased songs. I am glad it has never been released because that would take the edge off the song. If everyone liked it my world would be that much less private.. that much shitter.
    theresnoreston June 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI got a great version that also says "what a nasty surprise" in the lyrics. this song is great and u can relate it directly to war or just life in general. -the thing is that there both hopeless. The 1st verse pretty much tells u to try all u want, but in the end u are wasting ur time, which would make u more alone- as in ur in a worse place after uve tried to gain happiness, then u were b4 u even tried at all, obviously due to dissapointment for something that thom might thing is impossible to achieve.

    what a nasty surprise is the realization of the hopelessness
    qozon August 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a sequel to their song "Morning Bell". It's in the aftermath of the divorce that was begged for in that song.
    Anand Maniaron December 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentChrist, I love this song. I hope it's on the new album.
    siameseon January 06, 2006   Link

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