"Scatterbrain. (As Dead as Leaves.)" as written by and Thomas Edward/selway Yorke....
I'm walking out in a force-ten gale
Birds thrown around, bullets for hail
The roof is pulling off by its fingernails
Your voice is rapping on my window-sill

Yesterday's headlines blown by the wind
Yesterday's people in a scatterbrain
Any fool can easy pick a hole
I only wish I could fall in
A moving target in a firing range

Somewhere I'm not
Scatterbrain
Somewhere I'm not
Scatterbrain
Lightning fuse, powercut
Scatterbrain


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"Scatterbrain" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is often overlooked. It dosen't stand out on the album. That's why I like it. It's just like me.
    Wallamanageon July 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti agree with whysogreenandlonely and skatesa207. it's all about lonliness and being mind-fucked by society or a love interest. this song always reminds me of the vulnerability i have felt from having feelings for a lady; especially one u can't be with for whatever reason. scatterbrain is such a good word for this day and age; at least for me.
    orion3424on March 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentohhh...
    this is my favourite song in hail to the thief, so far...
    Nowhere_Girlon April 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow, what a great song. Not very noticable the first time, but the more you hear this song, the better it gets. I love the ending and the guitar is so clean and good in this song. Also has a clear meaning, despite most other Radiohead songs. One of the best on HTTT
    letmebeon April 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen thom says "I only wish i could fall in" my heart sinks everytime. this song is about self loathing and feeling alone in an image based society and the shit we take in everyday that just ends up leaving us untrue..or scatterbrain. one of the best i think
    whysogreenandlonelyon January 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentextended lyrics:

    somewhere I'm not in a force ten gale
    swimming in an oil slick
    pulled out by the tide
    broke over lines, tonadoes eye.
    going out o fmy mind, bad fucking vibess.
    somewhere I cant hear this noise.
    wildlife dying somewher with sunshine.
    poisoned or poor no sharp pains or lumps.
    a rare species being wiped out scattered far and wide.
    eyes open him confused at al oss.
    avoiding your gaze were the voices stop.
    lightning fuse.
    power cut.
    on black ice, under floorboards.
    just keeping afloat.
    somewhwer Im not
    just keeping afloat.
    fingers dead in the ice
    skin burning
    watching the growths.
    somewhere I cant
    just change sides
    bumper to bumper
    nose to tail
    always in my face
    tv ariels bendt double, ina force ten gale.
    watching someopne elses lights on the gangplank.
    ive lost my train of thought, it happens all the time.
    dont kno how old iam, tumbling down.
    dont recognize us, thinking the wrong thoughts.
    shoulkd maybe grow up
    somwhere I dont give a fuck.
    somwhere Im not under breaking oaks.
    pulling up asphalt pulling up rocks.
    the roots dig up the road
    a blobk of ice
    not in a rash doing bad dance.
    more rain,sticking rain.
    there used to be a field, now thers a lake.
    somewhere im not, sandbagging.

    mrtscon August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter seeing some footage courtesy of Al Jazeera of an Iraqi child with her skull broken open and empty, I believe Thom Yorke is illustrating what it must be like to be caught in an airstrike, and the song title must be describing what may happen to the contents of your head in that event.
    de_constructiviston June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so amazing; gives me chills.
    -Raspler-on June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about vulnerability.
    -Raspler-on July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about our culture of "Here today, gone tommorow".
    Eatcarpeton November 11, 2004   Link

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