"Sit Down. Stand Up. (Snakes & Ladders.)" as written by and Thomas Edward/selway Yorke....
Sit down, stand up
Sit down, stand up
Walk into the jaws of hell
(Sit down)
Walk into the jaws of hell
(Stand up)

Anytime
(Sit down)
Anytime
(Stand up)
Sit down, stand up
Sit down

We can wipe you out anytime
(Stand up)
We can wipe you out
(Sit down)

Anytime
Anytime

Stand up
Sit down

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"Sit Down. Stand Up" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +7
    General CommentTo me, (and this may be a stretch), this song is a commentary on the the current state of the Catholic Church. To that end, I need to reference 'Paranoid Android'. In the line, "rain down on me from a great height" he is speaking about tears from God.

    If you have ever been to a Catholic mass, you know you have to stand up and sit down many times. A small metaphor to how the congregation mindlessly follows a priest's directions, trusting in his leadership.

    Well, several priests have betrayed that trust and led us into the gates of hell. The raindrops, i assume, are tears from God yet again.

    Am I off my rocker?
    davidecoyoteon May 07, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song seems to be structured like a war that sprung from political manipulation and the act of exercising power.

    'Sit down, stand up...' could be a reference to the inconsistencies of a regime (esp. the Nazi's, who were renowned for changing their policies to suit the requirements of the masses). triggering pretentious peace keeping states to interfere, which they shud rightly, i suppose.

    'walk into the jaws of hell...' is pretty obvious if you take the war perspective. it's like invasion of a hell that you are goin to liberate (very Bush, if he can spell it) or going into a culture you dont understand and make hell for it (again, ironically, very bush and blair, or beavis and butt-head, as they should be known).

    'We can anytime....We can wipe you out...' i'm not going to insult your intelligence any further.

    'The rain drops...' could be about the rain washing away the blood, the mud, the conflict...the mistakes (?) or..........
    it could be about the return of a regime from obscurity or hiding, or maybe about terrorism. you know? you can create hell for these people, but the rain is still gunna drop on you. your like putting yourself in the position for a soaking.

    but for some reason, the song creates an image in my head (like any radiohead song) of it raining up until the crazy part (which fucking rocks) and it stops suddenly as it breaks into the electronic orgasm it seems to be having.
    SnapHappyActiviston June 12, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Hail to the Thief", like the rest of Radiohead's albums, is conceptual. It's a statement--through music--on rarely addressed issues in our society. And with a title like "Hail to the THeif", it's obvious that this album's general concept is about the tyranny of government (or more specifically the Bush Admin.).

    So this song, like 2+2=5, pretty much falls in line with the concept of government tyranny and dictatorship. I believe the title "Sit Down, Stand Up" is a euphemism for the control the government has over us all. To think that the government (especially one as the US-govt) doesn't have control over us would be foolish and stupid. Through propaganda, informational filtering, and other manipulations, we are basically told when to "sit down" and to "stand up" "anytime" at the government's will. When to support, when to oppose; what should be our concern, what shouldn't; when to sit down, when to stand up.
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    "We can wipe you out anytime" is self-explanatory as being another allusion to the power of government. We, as normal people, who have no major influence (international decisions, war, peace), as oppose to people in power (government-ranking individuals) who do have that kind of influence, can be "wiped out anytime".

    To sum up, I basically interpret "Sit Down, Stand Up" to be about the secret power of government. Or perhaps Thom is talking about some force (i.e secret organization, occults, movements) in this world we don't know of.
    RadioKoRnon January 24, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBefore I read the lyrics, I had always mistaken the raindrops part for repetitions of "arrange us, rearrange us"

    Funny coincidence
    danvalicevicon September 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust one small comment, I think you forgot one line of "The rain drops." =P
    SirTarquinon January 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh man, so I was walking back from doing my paper route. I was very pissed off. This song comes on: "Sit Down, Stand Up, Walk into the Jaws of Hell.." You just feel like you're being controlled..the man.
    Grrr. And to top it off, it started raining. "The Raindrops, the Raindrops, the raindrops.."
    I love the idea of Big Brother; makes you mad as hell, but still somewhat cool. Very 1984-ish, as is this entire album.
    x_x
    Willboeon September 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt means whatever you want it to mean.
    1ntr3p1dtrav3l3ron September 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoff the new album, Hail to the Thief, due out June 9th.
    deathbearon March 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnice plug, great song tho
    Jabbatronon April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I really like this song a lot. Great piano lick.
    thispleasesmeon April 15, 2003   Link

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