"Thinking About You" as written by and Thomas Edward/o'brien Yorke....
Been thinking about you, your records are here
Your eyes are on my wall, your teeth are over there
But I'm still no one, and you're now a star
What do you care?
Been thinking about you, and there's no rest
Should I still love you, still see you in bed
But I'm playing with myself?
What do you care when the other men are far, far better?

All the things you got,
All the things you need
Who bought you cigarettes,
Who bribed the company to come and see you, honey

I've been thinking about you, so how can you sleep?
These people aren't your friends, they're paid to kiss your feet
They don't know what I know
Why should you care when I'm not there?

Been thinking about you, and there's no rest
Should I still love you, still see you in bed
When I'm playing with myself?
What do you care when I'm not there?

All the things you got
That you'll never need
All the things you got
I'm played out and bleed to please you

Been thinking about you


Lyrics submitted by GetupJill, edited by vdu

"Thinking About You" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +6
    General CommentMy opinion:
    Thom switching roles with his girlfriend, her becoming the famous one, him saying what he thinks he'd feel.
    Shauna1on February 10, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's about masturbation.
    DeathRockBoyon July 02, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI actually think this song is meant to be satirical: it is about our obsessions with celebrities. The subject in the song is absolutely infatuated with this celebrity and is deluded into thinking there is something there that isn't .(To digress: that reminds me of There There's lyrics, "Just cause you feel it, doesn't mean it's there.)
    These lines seem to infer that she is famous:
    "Your records are here" could literally be that the subject owns her music. "Your eyes on my wall" makes me think that the subject has a poster of her on his wall. I think some people here have already realized that this person is a celebrity.
    In the chorus, the lines "Who bribed the company to see you honey" could literally mean that the subject bribed security so he could go and see her at her show.
    Furthermore, the lines "these people aren't your friends, they're paid to kiss your feet/ they don't know what I know" mean that the subject is jealous/angry at this celebrity's company because he thinks he is the only sincere one who really loves her and the others are just there to feed off her fame.
    The rest of the song is pretty much straightforward about how he does everything for her and she doesn't seem to care.

    I think this interpretation makes more sense if you think about Thom's character back in the late 80s/early 90s. He wouldn't just make a cheesy love song so it's entirely possible he's critiquing society. People now are just starting to see 'Creep' as a sarcastic song too.
    mrxthursGion January 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentof course the line about playihg with himslef is about flogging hte dolphin, but the rest of it is about missing the person you know you should be with, how is that hard to get?
    intoodeepon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDeathRockBoy is right...Jonny Greenwood said something about how "Thinking About You" is his mum's favourite song, but he doesn't have the heart to tell her it's about wanking.
    Chloe le Fayon July 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell i first looked at kaisute's responce and that makes alot of sense and then i thought death was pretty dumb..... i look at the song now and it really could mean about masturbation..... When he says "your eyes are on my wall" it could be when u daydream and u think about someone and u realise ur just staring at a wall....

    I also think that it is about rejection..... rejection and the thom masturbating.... He says how he bought her cigarettes and gave her everything she needed but yet she rejects him..... well thats my thought. I love the song tho.
    l337MonkeyCrapon September 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentITS NOT ABOUT WANKING or what have you, its about the sweet love a male cheetah makes to a female cheetah. in this case the male heetah is thom and the female cheetah is the wall... so all in all hes humping a wall, with eyes. yes



    yes. im ready
    daminicon September 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNO NO NO! its NOT ABOUT MASTERBATION you sick perverts! Jonny Greenwood never said that and these lyrics are all f--ked up! read the real lyrics at greenplastic.com! GODDAMN!
    Ice Man26947on March 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes. It IS ABOUT WANKING!

    Johnny did say that, infact I have it in writing; The Radiohead Story, their unofficial biography has it very clear in it. I don't care if you don't want to imagine your favorite band as once writing a masturbation song, but get over it.
    deathbearon March 12, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the line about wanking is about wanking. the song is about unrequited love. the two things can happen at the same time. the whole song isn't about wanking, in my opinion, but if jonny says it's about wanking i think the 'playing with myself' line is.

    i have no problem with radiohead talking about masturbation. they are my favourite band and i love them. it's a good song.
    greenplasticon March 27, 2003   Link

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