"Backdrifts (Honeymoon Is Over)" as written by and Thomas Edward/selway Yorke....
We're rotten fruit
We're damaged goods
What the hell, we've got nothing more to lose
One gust and we will probably crumble
We're backdrifters

This far but no further
I'm hanging off a branch
I'm teetering on the brink of
Honey sweet
So full of sleep
I'm backsliding

You fell into our arms
You fell into our arms
We tried but there was nothing we could do
Nothing we could do

All evidence has been buried
All tapes have been erased
But your footsteps give you away
So you're backtracking

Ah ah ah
You fell into our arms
You fell into our arms
We tried but there was nothing we could do
Nothing we could do
You fell into our,
You fell into a

We're rotten fruit
We're damaged goods
What the hell, we've got nothing more to lose
One gust and we will probably crumble
We're backdrifters


Lyrics submitted by ruben, edited by Mellow_Harsher, tomtoe

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

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  • +2
    General Commentbasically about regression (obviously) although the music seems to me a little upbeat compared to other tracks on hail to the thief... sort of like "i've hit rock bottom and i like it. come join me!"
    matrixmouse7on June 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou know what I hate? When pretentious bastards come on the site and leave their snotty little "Obviously" and "Duh" comments to make other people feel stupid or lesser than those who claim to "KNOW" what the song is about. To those people, sorry that the rest of us perceive things differently than you. Sorry that some of us like to think about things and, Godforbid, may see two sides of something. Sorry that not everthing is "straightforward" and one dimensional. Some people like to question lyrics or songs or whatever. Keep your arrogant comments to yourselves, because as far as I understood, only Thom knows the meaning/meanings of these songs because, get this, HE WROTE THEM. Or are you going to tell him the "obvious" meanings?
    xJGJxon March 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe dreamy, infinite hopeful, worry-less drapes have already been pulled, the backdrifters see each other for who they really were. Unwittingly, they had already set themselves up for a disaster, slowly pick-off one another to the edge, and in turning to their friends, family, and divorce attorneys, cannot rectify what has been lost. The regressive dynamics of relationships.

    Reminds me of For No One by the Beatles.

    jishamanon June 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing....this band is a one and only.
    "what the hell, we've got nothing more to lose"
    trippy song too....
    depressing song....very much so.
    SelfPityMeSoPitifulon June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the tone of this one. Soft and dark. The melody Thom sings is beautiful. I don't get the words at all. I think sometimes Thom should try and be more subtle with the "depressing" images, and less subtle with the political ones.
    ReActoron June 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe bit that goes, 'hanging of a branch...' really reminds of this Jain proverb (which I can't find at all now on the net, it was in a book) about desire and so on, something like, a man is running from a beast and fianally finds a tree to escape into, and he is hanging from this branch, thorns in his hands, danger below, but in the tree is a bees nest and honey is dripping into his mouth and that is the only pleasure he has... but if he would just climb up into the tree he would have all the honey and be safe and happy. The tree being god. I tell it badly, anyway, thats what it reminds me of.
    nobodyon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what I mean

    galileolibrary.com/history/history_020602/…
    nobodyon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis songs sounds like U2...
    It rocks... For me it´s about a ephemeral relationship, as this music´s alternative title says (honeymoon is over)
    *FelipeVox*on July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseems pretty straightforward.

    Just saying how meaningless our individual lives have become in the grand scheme of things, with the patriot act and all. It seems to be about a fear of having your entire past and present erased from the face of the earth, almost to have never existed in the first place as in 1984.
    Hey, the US government can imprison you indefinately without giving you access to a lawyer if they suspect you of "terrorism," it only seems like a matter of time...
    hobarton June 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen Hail came out, I seriously thought I was the only person who liked this song.
    myfriendoakon June 21, 2004   Link

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