Just as you take my hand
Just as you write my number down
Just as the drinks arrive
Just as they play your favourite song
As the magic disappears
No longer wound up like a spring
Before you've had too much
Come back and focus again

The walls abandon shape
You've got a cheshire cat grin
All blurring into one
This place is on a mission
Before the night owl
Before the animal noises
Closed circuit cameras
Before you're comatose

Before you run away from me
Before you're lost between the noise
The beat goes round and round
The beat goes round and round
I never really got there
I just pretended that I had
What's the point of instruments?
Words are a sawed off shotgun

Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out

Before you run away from me
Before you start unravelling
Before you take my mic
Just as you dance, dance, dance

Jigsaws falling into place
There is nothing to explain
Regard each other as you pass
She looks back, you look back
Not just once
Not just twice
Wish away the nightmare
Wish away the nightmare
You've got a light you can feel it on your back
You've got a light you can feel it on your back
Jigsaws falling into place


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    General CommentThis is a good one... I can't wait for the new album. Seems to be in a similar lyrical vein to HTTT.
    hastalavictoriaon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, my God!

    If these songs are this fucking great live, just imagine what they can do with them in the studio?
    jessepenceon July 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta lot of the new songs seem to have themes about the agenda of globalists out there, at least to me. Like this song.

    CCTV and the police state, drugging us up to keep us docile. Wish away the nightmare, the general apathy of a populace when it comes to facing hard realities. The globalist jigsaw is coming together. unchecked power, corruption, etc. 2+2=5. I may be totally off, but this subtle and not so subtle theme seems to be in Bodysnatchers, bangers and mash, and a lot of their stuff since HTTT.
    Nonlinear314on July 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOPEN PICK
    just as you take my hand
    just as you write my number down
    just as the drinks arrive
    just as they play your favourite song
    as the magic disappears
    no longer wound up like a spring
    before you've had too much
    come back and focus again

    the walls are bending shape
    you've got a cheshire cat grin
    all blurring into one
    this place is on a mission
    before the night owl
    before the animal noises
    closed circuit cameras
    before you're comatose

    before you take my hand
    before you start unravelling
    the beat goes round and round
    the beat goes round and round
    i never really got there
    i just pretended that I did
    what's the point of instruments
    words are a sawed-off shotgun

    come on and let it out
    come on and let it out
    come on and let it out
    come on and let it out
    before you start unravelling
    before you take your last peek
    just as you take the money
    just as you dance, dance, dance

    jigsaw's falling into place
    tonight there's nothing to explain
    regard each other as you pass
    she looks back, you look back
    not just once
    not just twice
    wish away the nightmare
    wish away the nightmare
    you've got a light you can feel it on your back
    you've got a light you can feel it on your back
    jigsaw's falling into place
    eatenbythewormson July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics changed a bit over the 2006 tour but these are closer, though I am sure there are mistakes.

    I think there could be several interpretations, and a political one (if a more personal one is used as the metaphor) is possible. Another possible one is exactly what is in the lyrics. It seems to be set in a club. Thom (or whoever this is supposed to represent) meets a woman he likes, she takes his phone number, their drinks arrive, then things start falling apart (the magic disappears) she says the wrong thing (words are like a sawed-off shotgun) and he's asking her to re-focus, say the right thing now. At the end he is saying that everything will be clear (jigzaw's falling into place) once the difficult part is over (wish away the nightmare), once she puts her defences down and says the right thing to him. The lines 'regard each other as you pass/she looks back/you look back/not just once/not just twice') mean this is a song about two people who are attracted to each other.
    eatenbythewormson July 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat a class song, how do they do it? cant wait for new album
    Mavon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe new material (previewed on recent tour and freely avilable on the net) is some of the best stuff they have ever written, and the final much hyped "return to guitar-based rock"

    This song is about a man who picks up women in bars on a regular basis, but cannot form emotional attachments to them, and is sick of the process but cannot give it up, as it's the closest he can come to real feeling. It helps if you've heard it sung by Thom, as you can hear the weariness in the opening lines, the feeling of "as usual"; the irony behind "come on and let it out" - at once a standard line in so many house and indie tracks, but here the sentiment is bitter and directed at himself - he is incapable of the sort of free-spiritedness implied.
    "i never really got there
    i just pretended that I did"
    Speaks for itself, and "Words like a sawn-off shotgun" is his own comment on the effectiveness of his banter.

    That's what I reckon, anyhoo...
    fatsimonon August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgree with eatenbytheworms' post except the ending lyrics:

    Wishing away the nightmare
    Wishing away the nightmare
    You gotta Act
    You can feel it on your back
    You gotta Act
    You can feel it on your back
    The jigsaw's falling into place

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    I think it's about inspiration through music to take action about "the nightmare" everyone is "wishing away." Everyone is realizing it through the feeling of music, not necessarily through explicit words or instruments(the jigsaw is falling into place).
    foamweaponson August 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like your interpretation related to how music makes the jigsaw fall into place, foamweapons. i think it works. Music does indeed help us make sense of things. But I think your lyrics are wrong. Listen to the 9 May performance with good speakers. I think my lyrics are correct. And I am sure the line 'you got a light you can feel it on your back' is correct because Thom Yorke wrote it in the band's blog (Dead Air Space). It's in an entry titled 'whatever' from 31 January if you want to verify it. The song was called "Pay Day" before. And there was one line (at least) that was different. It was 'You just got paid' into 'Jigsaw's falling into place'. Quite a radical change, in my opinion, as it changes the interpretation of the song.
    eatenbythewormson October 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'd like it better if the lyrics were "got a knife, you can feel it on your back" that seems to be what i hear, but of course considering Thom wrote that on deadairspace, i'm likely wrong.

    anyways, either about pickin' up women in bars who you're barely attracted to emotionally, and hating yourself for not finding someone to fit that niche, but knowing it may not be your fault.

    Thom seems to always play on mental health, and societal issues very well, and this song is great at both.
    lazyoldsunon January 24, 2007   Link

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