"How Can You Be Sure?" as written by and Thomas/o'brien Yorke....
Seen all good things and bad
Running down the hill
All so
Battered and brought to the ground
I am hungry again
I am drunk again
With all the money I owe to my friends

When I'm like this
How can you be smiling, saying
How can you be sure?
How can you be sure?

If you walk out the door
Will I see you again?
If so much of me lies in your eyes
I am hungry again
I am drunk again
With all the money I owe to my friends

When I'm like this
How can you be smiling, saying
How can you be sure? (I don't want you anymore)
How can you be sure? (I don't want you anymore)
How can you be sure? (I don't want you anymore)
How can you be sure? (I don't want you anymore)

I don't want you
I don't want you
Anymore
I don't want you
I don't want you
Anymore


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"How Can You Be Sure" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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    General Commentthis song is about how you feel after a break up. from his side she looks like a very selfish person and he doesnt seems to understand how things work. I know it coz i've been on both sides of the story. Is not that i'm selfish, is that I dont care anymore, and I like to be honest about that. this is an amazing song, express the frustration when someone leaves you just like that, and is very sweet... "if so much of me lies in your eyes" is the best part!!!!!!
    TinyGirlon March 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAce song.. one of the best b-sides..
    theresnoreston January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey no one this songs from when they were on a friday which is way before fake plastic trees
    boneykingofnowhereon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit's a radiohead pop song... wtf?
    DJgifon May 28, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about being with someone who seems to be so much better than you.
    Someone that stays with you when you come stumbling home drunk and starving after a bad night, and in your sore mood you wonder how they can be smiling and singing when it feels as if your world is peeling away. Almost as if they're insensitive to your pain and the things you're going through. So you begin to push them away.
    I think when the duet comes in to say "I don't want you... I don't want you anymore", it's signifying that both sides of the relationship are fed up with one another's behavior because no one wants to really be a crutch time and time again for someone that digs themself into a deeper pit, and if you're the one digging, more often than not you want empathy and someone to carry you instead of singing Spongebob's "F.U.N." song.
    whitekiddion May 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song also might be about a boy who is unhappy with his girlfriend because she doesn't show that she cares about him. If she did he wouldn't be feeling so miserable.
    "When I'm like this how can you be smiling and saying: How can you be sure I don't want you?"
    So basically it could be a relationship were the boy is always uncertain and at the end of the song he decides he doesn't want her anymore for this reason.
    Oroinfuron September 30, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Commenthahahah this song cracks me up. sorry but i really cant take it seriously. just a much lamer attempt at an acoustic rock ballad like fake plastic trees. (i like fake platic trees by the way)
    no_one69on February 09, 2007   Link

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