"Atoms For Peace" as written by and Thomas Edward Yorke....
No more going to the dark side with your flying saucer eyes
No more falling down a wormhole that I have to pull you out

The wriggling twiggling warmer side
Devours from the inside out
No more talk about the old days
It's time for something great

I want you to get out
And make it work

So many lies
So many lies
So many lies
So feel the love come off of them
And take me in your arms

Peel all of your layers off
I want to eat your artichoke heart.

No more leaky holes in your brain
And no more false starts

I wanna get out
And make it work

So many lies
So many lies
So many lies
So feel the love come off of them
And take me in your arms

I wanna get out
And make it work

I want you to get out
And make it work

I'll be ok

So many lies
So many lies
So many lies
So feel the love come off of them
And take me in your arms


Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death, edited by amongmyselves, bellayo, ArthurFelter, RADIOMOTO, gatnelo, soapalope

"Atoms for Peace" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke

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  • +2
    General CommentAtoms for peace is actually also the title of a speech by Eisenhower about the peaceful uses of atomic energy. It's interesting that he named the song after this speech because atomic energy (before this speech) was used to kill and maime millions, and this speech shifted international attention to the "good" uses of atomic energy...

    Running with the whole love theme...I guess you could say that he wanted to impart the beauty that can lie in love despite the ugliness it brings out. Although love has been used to hurt...it can be turned around, and used as the something we all hope that we experience.

    the wriggling twiggling worm inside
    devours from the inside out
    No more talk about the old days
    It's time for something great...
    Suesam7on July 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a hopeful song, and I love it for that.
    It's "so many allies" -- not "so many lies."
    Atoms are all of us, each insignificant one, making a difference in each others' lives, for the better, if we see that and not concentrate on the larger, admittedly discouraging picture.
    six-of-oneon August 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI was listening to this yesterday, and suddenly it occurred to me that it might be about drugs - specifically, someone who's taken lots of them in the past, but is trying to become clean, and Thom is trying to encourage him to do so.

    Hence no more "going to the dark side", "flying saucer eyes", "falling down a wormhole", "leaky holes in your brain", all of which are pretty good descriptions of being on drugs.

    "No more talk of the old days" is a plea not to think back nostalgically to the days of drug use - instead, optimistically, "it's time for something great". "i want you to get out" - self-explanatory.

    And the title, Atoms for Peace - it's like the atoms that make up the person's body have had anough of being abused through drug use, and are going on a march in protest - enough, no more, peace!
    sproutboyon December 22, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThese lyrics need to be changed, because lots of people come to Thom Yorke for help and to songmeanings for explanations. The lyrics talk about ALLIES and not LIES, one of which is a really positive and encouraging message and the other one a depressing one. This music gives people hope and the miswritten lyrics are completely ruining it in this case.

    Please do something.



    For me this song is about trying to bring more happiness to this world and feeling down because it feels like an impossible purpose. But then you see all the others around you, working selflessly and pure-heartedly for the same goal, achieving small victories in everyday life such as smiles and kind words.. and you suddenly realize you are not alone.
    The same song was about depression when I was depressed, and this multilayerness is part of the unfathomable beauty of Thom's songs.
    gatneloon March 15, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti want to eat your artichoke heart
    ilovealkalineon June 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti cannot decide if this or harrowdown hill is the best song on the album.
    forensicson July 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAfter further listening, I think this song is about Thom Yorke's partner telling him to get over his self-doubts about his abilities as a musician. I've heard and read a lot of interviews with Thom about his album. He seemed to have put off doing this for a long time because he had never worked on his own on the musical side of recording. The allies are the people who believed that he could do it and make it work.
    eatenbythewormson September 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know this song is supposed to be hopeful, but, especially in the first listen, something about the tune of this song creeps me out
    Cam-winon November 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"the wriggling triggling worm inside, devours from the inside out" is one of the best descriptions of depression i've ever heard. This song just reminds me of my own depression and how my family really fought to bring me back, and amazing song about trying to get over your own self doubts
    no_one69on May 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm always amazed by how perceptive you guys are. This was my feeling about the song too, that it's about getting over old wounds and fears that have been holding you down for ages.

    The only thing I'd add is that this song seems to be about two people, likely lovers, who have both been badly hurt, but are supporting each other in moving on with their lives. The first half of the song is about encouraging the one he loves. And the second half is about finding that same potential in himself. It's a lovely song.
    entr0py24on July 06, 2007   Link

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