"Kinetic" as written by Thomas Edward/greenwood Yorke....
You're being took for a ride
Plain old lazy
Please keep moving
Better keep moving
Don't fall asleep at the wheel
I waited for you but you never came
Please keep moving
Better keep moving

Please keep moving
Better keep moving


Lyrics submitted by shut, edited by Mellow_Harsher, mike

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    General CommentThis song came to my mind over and over this weekend. My best friend came to stay the weekend with her guy that is totally wrong for her. They already want different things such as marriage vs. living together. He recently moved in with her and I see the signs that she is letting him drive the relationship and make all the major life decisions like marriage/moving to another state, etc...while she just goes with the flow even if she is not sure that's what she wants or dislikes it even. She refuses to at least give an opinion or anything because she fears he'll leave if she puts anything resembling a demand or request. Made me instantly think of the line...

    "You're being took for a ride".

    Some people tend to just lets things happen TO them instead of making tought choices. Which is what I get from this song. That feeling of moving and change happening to you...but not being in control of it. Just letting yourself get carried along like a passenger in a car...not the driver. Which is what I think that line...

    "Don't fall asleep at the wheel"

    means. Sometimes your life changes direction because of things/situations out of your control...but sometimes your life changes direction because you give all control to someone else.
    UNsweetTon October 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of those that is very vague. it's sort of a musical Rorschach. but listening to it, it has a really lonely abandoned feel. I always thought of it along the lines of loving some one & hanging on to wanting them even though they are long gone. which is explained by the " I waited for you but you never came". the rest are just great metaphors for being depressed. sort of just going through life like a drone. just moving because you have to, not because you feel motivated to. like you're a passenger in your own life.
    Inkiesaidon October 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI find this to be a pretty damn scary song. My favorite - and in my opinion most telling - part is Thom's tired voice singing "don't fall asleep at the wheel" as the background noise quiets down for a moment. It's as if Thom is the voice of society hammering into the "driver's" head what he knows but at the same time doesn't want to hear. He can't fall asleep now, because if he does, there will be an accident. In There There terms, he is an accident waiting to happen. And yet all he hears is "please keep moving, gotta keep moving." Though it could be also interpreted as the driver talking to himself, pushing himself too far - or perhaps he knows that he needs to push himself constantly, force himself beyond his means, in order to survive.

    Unfortunately other lines in the song don't quite fit into this interpretation, but that line was the one that always stood out to me and thus formulated my interpretation of it.

    Amazing song, in any case.
    Jacekon September 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me I use the song to remind myself, "never settle".
    The_Seeron May 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure but I don't think the song is actually about physical movement. Despite the title being kinetic I think this is hypothetical movement. He is referring to someone who got lazy at the beginning of the song...they are being "taken for a ride" because they "fell asleep at the wheel", which is "plain old lazy", in other words the person got lazy and someone began controlling what they did. He is asking them to keep moving...wake up...drive their own destiny. He found himself waiting for them to "wake up", indicating that they were separated- hypothetically or physically...and also implying that he himself succumbed to this laziness. At the end he repeats the chorus twice "please keep moving..." to both persons involved, reminding himself not to let that person drive his path and pleading to that person to wake up and drive for themselves to meet him.
    kbroichon November 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is the song that i listen to the most and its probably my favorite. to me its about just going through your life with no motivation or purpose just keeping your head down, not doing anything extraordinary or meaningful and forcing yourself to continue for another day because thats what you feel like you have to do.
    wisheyon July 28, 2014   Link
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    General Commenti think in the second line hes saying
    "plain old lazy"

    -- as in the person is being taken for a ride, therefore he/she is too lazy to drive themself :\ ? im unsure of it but its my best guess...
    kida0002on May 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is just about moving. Driving, flying, moving itself. Kinetic force or energy is a physical word for movement.
    SilentAssassinon September 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLike SilentAssassin said... and it's more like relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces associated therewith; "kinetic energy"
    Radi0Headon October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAwsome song "again"
    Radi0Headon October 21, 2004   Link

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