"In Limbo" as written by and Thomas Edward/selway Yorke....
Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
I've got a message I can't read

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
I've got a message I can't read

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
I've got a message I can't read
I'm on your side
Nowhere to hide
Trapdoors that open
I spiral down

You're living in a fantasy
You're living in a fantasy

I'm lost at sea
Don't bother me
I've lost my way
I've lost my way

You're living in a fantasy
You're living in a fantasy
You're living in a fantasy
This beautiful world

Come back
Come back
Come back
Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
I've got a message I can't read


Lyrics submitted by shut, edited by LundyFastnet, ParanoidDroid8, a3poify

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  • +6
    General CommentIt's about division. The irish sea divides england and ireland. ANd then in the chorus, he says I'm on your side. Its about some duality that he is trying to break down. Maybe he doesnt think he fits in either side, maybe it is trying to be neutral all the time. It's cryptic. I guess you can only take your own meaning from it.
    paranoia_girlon July 28, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think it's about being on the divide, not taking part of anything and watching everything pass you by from every direction (the dwindling, breezy passing guitars), not knowing what to make of what you see and the expectance of that ("another message I can't read" is pretty hopeless).
    flyingmiddenon September 29, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentafter I saw Inception, I thought of this song.
    Emmehhhon July 27, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt just kind of hit me today after reading the lyrics. I'm suprised no one has thought of this yet, but some of the lyrics que up some memories of watching Alice in Wonderland (though I haven't seen it in a long while).

    "Trap doors that open"
    "I spiral down"

    "I'm lost at sea
    Don't bother me
    I've lost my way
    I've lost my way"

    "You're living in a fantasy world"

    It may not be what he was thinking when he wrote it, but it seems to fit in my mind.
    ExtraMediumon August 31, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFor anyone wondering, I have submitted a correction, as the lyrics are not

    "Being the first in the Irish sea
    I got a message I can't read
    Another message I can't read"

    They are actually

    "Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea,
    I've got a message I can't read."

    Lundy, Fastnet, and Irish Sea are three nearby areas on the BBC's shipping forecast.

    In the lower right hand corner of the UK (centre): i.imgur.com/…
    a3poifyon September 01, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou're living in a fantasy

    People see what they want to see. It's a defense mechanism. Nobody can see truth while looking through the eyes of ego.
    solaceon January 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIncoprehension reigns. The secure world we build around ourselves based on denial is gradually turned upside down. We retreat further still, knowing we cannot stop the disaster as we shut out all thoughts of it.
    whapcapnon April 06, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentno
    meursaultsrevolveron June 04, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm sorry but some of these interpretations are so far off...

    "In Limbo" means being in a state of isolation (whether mentally or physically), with no prospect of moving to a better place. It's almost as if you're looking at yourself 'through the looking glass'.

    at the end he is most definitely repeating "come back"... this is like his subconscious speaking. deep down he knows he has to get out of this way of thinking, but he's so emotionally damaged..thus IN LIMBO
    LaDolceVita007on March 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI agree with Anulith and LaDolceVita007

    In Limbo means that all your consciousness drifts away. Also, the lyrics hints this state of mind (believing you're never going to come back) only exist in a period of time- one day you'll return after overcome a confusing experience.
    harrymuseon May 19, 2010   Link

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