"Bodysnatchers" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Colin Charles Greenwood, Edward John O'brien and Philip James Selway....
I do not
Understand
What it is
I've done wrong
Full of holes
Check for pulse
Blink your eyes
One for yes
Two for no

I have no idea what I am talking about
I'm trapped in this body and can't get out
Oh, oh

Make a sound
Move back home
Pale imitation
With the edges
Sawn off

I have no idea what you are talking about
I'm trapped in this body and can't get out
Oh, oh

Has the light gone out for you?
'Cause the light's gone for me
It is the 21st century
It is the 21st century
You can fight it like a dog
And they brought me to my knees
They got scared and they put me in
They got scared and they put me in
All the lies run around my face
All the lies run around my face
And for anyone else to see
And for anyone else to see

I'm alive

I've seen it coming
I've seen it coming
I've seen it coming
I've seen it coming


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

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  • +11
    General CommentIt's about feeling like one's skin doesn't fit, in 'bodysnatchers' there's the realization that this skin doesn't fit because he's been forced to hide his true self i order to fit into the acts he's been playing. It's about the roles we take in life, and finding out that wearing any kind of skin that's not our own is going to rob us of our identity and our soul. it's about being trapped by a role that doesn't fit him and that he doesn't want. He realizes he is playing this role badly and tries to get out. He feels dead inside because he cannot be himself and get out of this artificial role (skin) he's been given. He realizes he was in denial at first, and thought he was fooling everyone, but he can't hide anymore. It is too obvious... there are lines on his skin because it's not his... and it doesn't fit him. So it's about the roles we are forced to play in society... any role, whether it be personal or not.
    eatenbythewormson October 08, 2006   Link
  • +9
    Lyric CorrectionThe second verse goes like this:

    You killed the sound
    Removed backbone
    A pale imitation
    With the edges sawn off

    I've no idea what you are talking about
    Your mouth moves only with someone's hand up your ass





    and the bridge:

    Has the light gone out for you?
    Because the light's gone out for me
    It is the 21st century
    It is the 21st century
    It can follow you like a dog
    It brought me to my knees
    They've got a skin and they've put me in
    They've got a skin and they've put me in
    On the lines wrapped around my face
    On the lines wrapped around my face
    Are for anyone else to see
    Are for anyone else to see

    I'm a lie
    brospecon March 25, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMOST KICK ASS GUITAR RIFF EVER.

    That's all I can think of right now. My favourite Radiohead song aside from Lozenge of Love.
    RadioheadxxSlaveon August 04, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentRefer back to the song Kid A on Kid A.

    A lyric from the song is 'we've got heads on sticks, you've got ventriliquists'

    The meaning of this i think is the same as bodysnatchers.

    It isn't that we can't express ourselves, it is that we've lost ourselves. Even our thoughts and emotions are conrolled by society (the bodysnatcher or the ventriliquist)

    THis fits with the fact that Hail to the thief was an album very Orwellian in meaning: It essentially said that Orwell's Thought police in 1984 are very much a part of reality: We are born and raised to love our culture, we are a part of it as much as it is imposed on us.

    The conflict in the song then is not a war between the body and the mind, it is a war for control of the mind between society and individual, and society is much much stronger but the indiviual is determined not to be erased.
    BlakeNewlandon December 08, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHave the lights gone out for you? Because the lights gone out for me.
    Crane42on September 25, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"you gotta close your eyes... and groove out to this one. And think of uhh trying to escape from the Stepford Wives. That's what I think of"
    -Thom Yorke

    it's just meant to convey a sort of atmosphere of tension and paranoia.
    which this band is quite good at doing.
    BadPhyshon May 30, 2006   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI do not understand
    What it is I've done wrong
    Full of holes, check the pulse
    Blink your eyes
    One for yes, two for no

    I have no idea what I am talking about
    I'm trapped in this body and can't get out

    Make a sound
    Move back home
    Get an invitation
    With the edges sawn off

    I have no idea what you are talking about
    Your mouth moves only with someone's hand up your ass

    Has the light gone out for you?
    'Cause the light's gone out for me
    It is the twenty first century
    It is the twenty first century
    It can follow you like a dog
    It brought me to my knees
    They got a skin and they put me in
    They got a skin and they put me in
    On the lines wrapped around my face
    On the lines wrapped around my face
    Are for anyone else to see
    Are for anyone else to see
    I'm a lie

    I've seen it coming
    I've seen it coming
    I've seen it coming
    I've seen it coming
    paperbagwriteron February 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis and Nude are totally making the best of radiohead list when they get recorded.

    Any thoughts on what it's about?
    Appers66on May 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyep title is a reference to "Invasion of the Bodysnatchers" a 1950's film which can be interpreted as being about the fear of communists in 1950's America. Thom is drawing the comparison between the paranoia that gripped society during the cold war and the fear that permeates society today.
    Dressed2Depresson August 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA real understanding of Radiohead's world view (Weltanschauung) depends on a familiarity with the dualist religious heresy of Gnosticism.

    Indeed, in my opinion, Thom is a modern day musical version of the 16th Century artistic genius Hieronymus Bosch: Life is an absurd negotiation between the corrupt physical and the perfect spiritual.

    The Gnostics teach that we were born cursed, entrapped as "sparks" of Holy Spirit in an imperfect and cursed physical body and that, in order to free one's Spirit, the individual Soul must struggle against the worldliness of pleasure and the false security of materiality for the sake of cleanliness and spiritual freedom.

    If you desire to learn more about Radiohead's perception of the world, I recommend reading up on the 12th century French Cathar heresy and the Bogomils, etc. because - to a great degree - Radiohead represents a modern day dualist theology.
    steinbeckthepearlon May 27, 2007   Link

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