"A Reminder" as written by and Thomas Edward/greenwood Yorke....
If I get old
I will not give in
But if I do
Remind me of this

Remind me that
Once I was free
Once I was cool
Once I was me

And if I sat down
And crossed my arms
Hold me to
This song

Knock me out
Smash out my brains
If I take a chair
And start to talk shit

If I get old
Remind me of this
The night we kissed
And I really meant it

Whatever happens
If we're still speaking
Pick up the phone
Play me this song


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"A Reminder" as written by Edward John O'brien Thomas Yorke

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  • +4
    General Commentreminds me of lost love...I remember a beach with the first girl I ever really loved and a full moon behind her everytime I hear this song...

    If I get old remind me of this
    The one night we kissed and I really meant it

    I really did...hope you think me and of that night sometimes...
    grenon December 26, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentDon't EVER expect Radiohead to be too shallow. I think this is more than him just not wanting to get old.

    At first it seems so, but then the last verse reveals that he is talking to a woman. He realizes that since he loves this woman, he is gonna become hardened and bitter since she is leaving him.

    He doesn't mean getting old in years, but rather, changing as he goes on into his future since he had to leave this woman behind. 'Getting old' means letting go of fanciful love and becoming hardened. That's why he wants to be reminded that he kissed her once and that he 'really meant it' when he did.

    Talking shit is saying that love isn't real, and/or that he never loved her (or anyone). He says that if he becomes THAT hardened that he wants someone to 'smash out his brains'

    So, if he gets old (hardened) he wants her to play this song to him so he can remember that he wasn't always like that.

    The fact that he wants her to play him the song over the phone might mean that he knows that she is going far, far away, never to return to him.
    jhienklesonon March 16, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti totally can relate to this song. I am a sophomore in high school currently and I always look at adults and hope I never am like that but I cant help thinking I will be. Cuz like I know that now I feel certain ways that a few years ago I probably said I never would. So I often wish for someone to be around and remind me of all the things I used to stand behind so adamantly. Thats why it's good to write down thoughts.
    dashchick8044on August 24, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is Radiohead's "When I'm Sixty-Four".

    Hehe, just joking... kinda.

    I concur with most others here - especially eatenbytheworms who summarises it best. It's about never wanting to grow old and jaded, or lose one's idealism and lust for life. He asks his lover to remind him of this pledge to himself - if he survives his turmultuous youth and they're still together/in contact.
    Lantaon June 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI sure do, bojangles, although posting twice was an accident.
    jhienklesonon June 26, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song which was released on the greatest EP ever to be pressed, "Airbag/How's my Driving EP" I'm not gonna get into the meaning, cuz like the others said, it's self explanatory. But the song is beautiful though. Dismal but inspiring.
    relephoraon May 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe doesn't want to forget being young. being young possesses a wider range of emotions due to naivety and being newly exposed to life's hardships. being young entails young love, which is quite possibly the most beautiful feeling ever. if he forgets, he wants her to remind him.
    dreameron July 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"if i get old" i love that line as though it's not certain. you could either interpret it as statement that thom may die before hand or that he has not fully comprhended the certainty of age, it seems to be sung from the perspective of an iniave optomist trying to rekindle some passion for their life... i love it
    no_one69on April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is cool and nice. It's pretty self explanitory.
    Kadeon March 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song, it is comforting when I am in a bad mood or something like that.
    imthecootieon May 14, 2002   Link

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