"And It Rained All Night" as written by and Thomas Edward Yorke....
And it rained all night and washed the filth away
Down New York air conditioned drains
The click click clack of the heavy black trains
A million engines in neutral

The tick tock tick of a ticking time bomb
Fifty feet of concrete underground
One little leak becomes a lake
Says the tiny voice in my earpiece
So I give in to the rhythm
The click click clack
I'm too wasted to fight back
Tick tack goes the pendulum on the old grandfather clock

I can see you
But I can never reach you

And it rained all night and then all day
The drops were the size of your hands and face
The worms come out to see what's up
We pull the cars up from the river

It's relentless
Invisible
Indefatigable
Indisputable
Undeniable

So how come it looks so beautiful?
How come the moon falls from the sky?

I can see you
But I can never reach you

I can see you
But I can never reach you


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"And It Rained All Night" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke

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  • +2
    General CommentSounds to me like it's about global warming. Staring off about all the trains and cars that gave out all the gases that started it, talking about it being a "time bomb". And the whole theme of the flood is ver Thom, don'tcha think? He mentions it in a lot of the other songs on The Eraser. He moves on to talk about how the force of nature is totally unstoppable and we can't do anything to stop it if we ignore the warnings.

    Seems a bit oversimple, though. It's a bit obvious... I'm sure someone will come along and totally rip my interpretation to pieces at some point. =P
    Appers66on June 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti really like the line 'i can see you but i can never reach you'. it adds a more personal element to the song. he could be saying it to someone he loves. there are very personal, intimate 'love notes' in most of the songs in this album along with the message of impending doom and reflections about his life.
    eatenbythewormson August 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like the album cover, and i guess the song doesnt seem that deep to me. everybody keeps it neutral with global warming and problems in the world, but sometimes i wonder if all the songs have a really deep and underlying message.
    SoConstantineon October 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it could be about his own internal turmoil, he keeps describing things that seem like they would make your skin crawl...maybe that's how he felt at the time....but the beauty is we will never know
    HeAdPhonEon April 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe meaning isnt very clear to me, but hell, the imagery sure is.
    This song is beautiful, like pranav ojha, I love rain.

    To me its like a late night, having had a few drinks and you're enjoying the cleansing feeling that the rain causes when it falls down and drips off of you.
    Within the big city, with the big trains, with the big dampy sewers, with the millions of powerful engines, all resting but with the potential of catastrophe, it's all rain and water, leaks which could turn into floods any moment, and leaks who'll just drip steadily throughout the night. But you don't care, you just enjoy the rain and the rythm of the dripping leaks.

    The rain falls down and down, and in the big drops of water you think you can see your hands and face reflected in the water, like you can see your face reflected in a shiny doorknob.
    The rain keeps pouring down in big drops and while you just stand there looking in the raining sky, the worms awake, crawling up through the earth to see what's up. Some worried people awake and drive their cars away from the flooding river.

    You notice how the rain is relentless in its potential destruction, seemingly invisible, always indefatigable in its pouring, unaffected by pleas, prayers and rain dances, indisputable in its actions, as you can only forecast the weather, never control, the rain is undeniable.

    You look above in the sky, and see how the rain seems to come from the moon (rain can only be seen with light, of course, and when looking at the moon, all other rain seems too dark too see). And it looks beautiful and you don't know why, but it just is. It looks like as if the moon is falling from the sky, drop by drop.

    But the moon is up in the sky, you might feel drops of it, but it'll always stay in the sky, you'll never reach it. Maybe there's a connection between a special someone, that the narrator compares the beautiful moon with someone else, but that's up to your interpretation.

    As for me, I'll keep it to a girl, as beautiful as the moon. You can look, but you can't touch, undeniable in its existence but she'll never be yours. You'll enjoy her presence, your relation with her, and you'll just have to do with the platonic relationship you have with her, you won't get anything more, even though you want it.

    Anyways my interpretation, hope its any help/fun reading it!
    Radiohead! <3

    Jin over and out.
    Jin91on May 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo idea what this song is about... I would love to see a music video for this though. Awesome beat.
    teeseffon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat makes sense actually. I like that interpretation. I was thrown off by 'earpiece' :P but if you take it to mean something like politics... a tiny voice warning about it maybe? Still hes lethargic and doesn't do anything about it. Probably fits in with The Clock, running out of time but we do nothing. "Wake up"!
    teeseffon June 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS SONG IS AMAZING!
    just heard it for the very first time and i know i'm gonna listen to it over and over again.
    whole album just blows my mind. it's amazing how yorke's music developes throughout the years... he's a genious, no doubt about it.
    LucyInTheSkyWithRHon June 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits quite clear that this song is about alot of problems in today's society. Fears, trends, problems. A perfect example "One little leak becomes a lake Says the tiny voice in my earpiece So I give in to the rhythm The click click clack" its clearly about music and leaks and how ppl get it from the bands and artists they love. The begining is not about global warming, but it was a good guess, to me its about how technology can be flithy. But i think the rest can be about global warming. Or maybe the apocalypse. Maybe how it all comes to happening. but thats just me of course.
    strokephantomon June 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with appers.. It's about global warming i think.
    Just the whole water-theme.
    An undeniable timebomb. Pulling the cars up from the river.
    All the stuff about engines are surely about global warming too, how we polute the earth.
    It all seems very clear to me what this song is about.
    DigiLSDon July 04, 2006   Link

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