"Gagging Order" as written by and Thomas Edward/selway Yorke....
I know what you're thinking
But I'm not your property
No matter what you say
No matter what you say

Move along, there's nothing left to see
Just a body, nothing left to see

A couple more for breakfast
A little more for tea
Just to take the edge off
Just to take the edge off

Move along, there's nothing left to see
Just a body, pouring down the street

Move along, there's nothing left to see
Just a body, nothing left to see

Move along


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"Gagging Order" as written by Thomas Edward/selway Yorke

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  • +2
    General CommentMaybe it's about how careless people can be sometimes. Picture a drunk bum in the gutter and everyone just ignores the man. But.. I don't know..

    Great song, hard to find though.
    pHr3aKon December 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRadiohead's lyrics are always spare. They give you a sense of things rather than a complete story. That said, when listening to this, I always think of a person using pills to escape an abusive relationship. Even if you've never used hard drugs, anyone who's been on cold medicine is aware is of that feeling of not quite being in your body as it goes about it's daily activities. "Just a body, pouring down the street" seems to be someone in that state of mind. The fact that the drug dose is "a couple" leads me to think we're dealing with pills here, which could be almost anything.

    "I'm not your property" almost has to be said in reference to a protective/jealous lover. It could be in reference to a policeman, but that wouldn't quite marry with the preceeding line of "I know what you're thinking." However, the "move along, nothing left to see" sounds like something straight out of a police movie. That leaves open the possibility that this song is actually about a body lying at suicide scene cordoned off by the authorities, with the narrator of the song being the vicitim.
    kosk11348on September 10, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentits very funny to see how people interpetate radiohead songs,, always with drugs and relationships...
    this song is about a man that was dying on the street,but still the people around didnt do anything.. thom yorke him self saw the man on the street.. the question is, what did thom do¿?
    torefgon March 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGahhh this song is about the EVIL GOVERNMENTS!!!"Gagging Orders", duh.
    Eatcarpeton March 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRadiohead's lyrics are always spare. They give you a sense of things rather than a complete story. That said, when listening to this, I always think of a person using pills to escape an abusive relationship. Even if you've never used hard drugs, anyone who's been on cold medicine is aware is of that feeling of not quite being in your body as it goes about it's daily activities. "Just a body, pouring down the street" seems to be someone in that state of mind. The fact that the drug dose is "a couple" leads me to think we're dealing with pills here, which could be almost anything.

    "I'm not your property" almost has to be said in reference to a protective/jealous lover. It could be in reference to a policeman, but that wouldn't quite marry with the preceeding line of "I know what you're thinking." However, the "move along, nothing left to see" sounds like something straight out of a police movie. That leaves open the possibility that this song is actually about a body lying at suicide scene cordoned off by the authorities, with the narrator of the song being the vicitim.
    kosk11348on September 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's probably not about drugs cuz believe it or not radiohead was not real into drugs. Jonny Greenwood (the lead guitarist) once tried drugs and didn't like it and needed their manager to calm him down. He said "what's the point of taking something if its gonna make u feel that bad the next day." They drink but they aren't addicted. Thom and a few others use to go to raves and take stuff their before they were big and well known but other than that I'm pretty sure they are drug free for the most part.
    Yiggity Yinson August 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a beautiful, poignant song about addiction and a bad relationship.
    Emberlyon November 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's about a bad relationship. or at least doesn't have to be. the first lines also could be about the addiction. about somebody telling him to stop and he just doesn't want to listen.
    mumbleson November 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg, this song is so amazing. radiohead is my favourite songs, and gagging order is one of my favourite songs by them. i agree with the first two posts, that the song deals with either a relationship or (more likely) an addiction, which is trying to be beaten. this song can be found online if you look but if you want it on a cd, its on the 'go to sleep 2' single (which is an import.) its hard to find, but amazon has it. 'go to sleep' and 'i am a wicked child' are also on the cd
    Wombat_5000on January 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou can also find it on Com Lang, Japanese Import
    Idiotechon February 08, 2005   Link

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