Oh, Banana Co.
We really love you, and we need you
And oh, Banana Co.
We'd really love to believe you

But everything's underground
We gotta dig it up somehow
Yeah, yeah

Oh, she said "No go"
She said she'd like to, she's seen you
And oh, Banana Co.
She knows if you die then we all do

And everything's underground
We've gotta dig it up somehow
Yeah, yeah

Everything's burning down
We gotta put it out somehow
Yeah, yeah



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"Banana Co." as written by Thomas Edward/o'brien Yorke

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  • +1
    General Comment:This song may be making references to the evolution theory. Banana Co. is a corrupt company that distributes the bananas, and we're the apes.

    "Oh Banana co.
    We really love you and we need you
    And oh banana co.
    We'd really love to believe you"

    What he's probably saying is that we think we're so civilized in our day and age with all of the communities we've developed and the way of life we've established. We're no longer hunting out on the plain, but instead getting all our goods from the grocery store. In the end, though, we're just animals, and our way of life is probably killing us. Our consumerism has distracted us from what life really is.

    "And everything's underground
    We've gotta dig it up somehow
    Yeah yeah
    Everything's burning down
    We gotta put it out somehow
    Yeah yeah"
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    I don't know. It's just my 2 cents.
    MaxpowerSupremeon December 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I agree with someone. Radiohead's songs are hard to disect! I'm thinkging Banana co. justs sounds cool and means something completely unrelated. Or it has no meaning. Some songs are like that.
    41MorningBell41on August 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I'm a chiquita banana and I'm here to say, I am the best banana in the world today...etc etc
    Matt_Bellamyon April 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This is one of the wackest songs Radiohead has ever committed to tape... sounds like Randy Newman's idea of acoustic folk.
    Johnnyboneson July 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I wish this was easier to find on CD :( its a great song. But I have no idea whats its about
    kid Aon March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:One of my favorites, and such a beautiful song.
    zZaKk_21on April 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It reminds me of the banana republic clothing... I don't know why... I vaguely remember it from the 80's, I don't even know if it's still around... but the song is beautiful. Maybe he misses his favourite shirt.
    kaisuteon June 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Read "One Hundred Years Of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. There is a corrupt company in the book called the Banana Company.
    Anopheleson June 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Well. I love Radiohead and one of the reasons are that they are quite difficult to understand!

    I've heard some songs, where "bananas" refer to dildos or penises... Maybe it's something about woman and dildos - replacement tool for real love? I don't know... Not even sure if I believe it, but it may be a possibility. Probably just sounds juvenile :)
    Crazy_Jellyfishon December 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:anopheles has it - the song's about the Banana Company (aka United Fruit Company), a supremely corrupt company (with heavy ties to American politics and legislature) in South America that exploited the hell out of its workers, often killing hundreds of them, and then selling their innocent bundles of fruit to other countries.
    so, yeah.... this song i'm assuming is from a worker's perspective saying how he'd love to trust the company but as history has shown it shouldn't be trusted.
    twitchpieon April 15, 2005   Link

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