"Banana Co." as written by and Thomas Edward/o'brien Yorke....
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 Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +2
    General CommentRead "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
  • +2
    General CommentThis 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 Commentanopheles 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
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the South American banana trade idea. Though I think it can be extended beyond that. Banana co. may not be around anymore but Nike and the likes still are.

    Oh she said "No go"
    She said she'd like to
    She's seen you
    But no, no go
    She knows if you die then we all do


    Hmmm, the company may be exploting people but if it doesn't exist nor does the livlihood of both employees and comsumers. Bad pay and conditions is better than no pay.
    She says no go.
    A sympathiser to an extend but if the company dies so do the lives of the workers. One person vs many.

    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

    The situation is not widely understood, consumers are blissfully unaware. It's not sustainable but no solutions are being sought or presented.

    my 2 pesos.
    nowherenikon March 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI 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
  • +1
    General CommentI've seen a live recording (youtube) and at the end Thom says "that was for Indonesia... (cough) and all the people who have money invested there."

    That seems to agree with the corrupt company idea, but in Indonesia not S. America. Anyone know if they grow bananas in Indonesia?!
    Dr. Tchockon June 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnopheles has it right. This song was inspired by One Hundred Years of Solitude. But this part of the book was based on facts. "La Masacre Bananera" occurred in the late 1920's in Cienaga Colombia, where the national army paid off by The United Fruit Company killed hundreds or thousands of banana workers. columbiapoliticalreview.com/…



    "But everything is underground

    We got to dig it up somehow"

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez grew up hearing this story from so many people, so many times that it became almost a myth and the actual number of victims got lost somewhere in the oral tradition of the Colombian coast.



    "She knows [Ursula] if you die then we all do"

    The United Fruit Company got into the little Colombian town with promises of prosperity and wealth for its people. It became the center of all for this town, to the point that after The United Fruit Company left, the town was complete lost without a path to follow.
    elGarzonon August 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt actually has to do with this, as told by Radiohead themselves: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Terrancioon May 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's about this tragic real-life event:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    curtis1015on May 07, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'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

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