"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 Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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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
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    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
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    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
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    General CommentI think it's about alcoholism personally. The first verse is addressing the control alcohol has over a person, it takes over their personality and their life, but they always deny it has such a hold on them. No amount of explanation or proof will ever sway them from that view.

    "Move along, there's nothing left to see, Just a body, nothing left to see" suggests how hollow the addiction has left the person, how it makes them feel dead and worthless.

    The next verse is pretty straightforward; drinking throughout the day "just to take the edge off"; it's a pretty little lie to tell yourself.

    "Just a body, pouring down the street" - the use of the word pouring makes me think this is specifically aimed at alcohol. To me it's a very poetic way of saying this person is so consumed by alcohol that they are almost entirely composed of it, hence the body "pouring down the street".

    That's just my own view. Anyway, I love this song to pieces; it's an absolute gem.
    Pilot Erroron September 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about people and their battles with drug/alcohol abuse. How they need the drug/alcohol to keep them in a certain "place" ... (a little more for tea, just to take the edge off)... and no matter what anyone else says, they need this drug/alcohol to feel "normal"...
    mizzmoxxieon April 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a drug addicted person dying in the street, no one can change the person but themselves. People walking by the drug addict on the street and pay no mind to what's going on with him/her and just act like he/she doesn't exist. The drug addict has traded his soul for the drug, which leaves him on a perpetuating cycle of self destruction.
    zyqurithon July 13, 2015   Link
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    General Commentthis is a beautiful, poignant song about addiction and a bad relationship.
    Emberlyon November 17, 2004   Link

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