"Cymbal Rush" as written by and Thomas Edward Yorke....
Try to save it but it doesn't come off the rug
Try to build a wall that is high enough

It's all boiling over
It's all boiling over

Try to save your house
Try to save your songs
Try to run but it follows you up a hill

It's all boiling over
It's all boiling over
Your loved ones
Your loved ones

A normal conversation
A normal conversation
(you should have took me out when you had the chance)
(you should have took me out when you had the chance)
All the rooms renumbered
And losers turned away
(you should have took me out when you had the chance)
Don't turn away
(you should have took me out when you had the chance)
Don't turn away


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"Cymbal Rush" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke

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  • +3
    General CommentA Cymbal rush is a very loud and very rappid sequence of cymbal strikes that creates an almost overwhelming sound....much like crashing waves.

    To me, this song is about how the world ends.

    The imagery of the song reminds me of the Tsunami and Hurrican Katrina but its much deeper then that.

    Its masterfully done, the words carry such heavy cannotations that envoke the strongest of feelings.
    This is one of those rare songs that speaks for all sorts of situations, be it a crisis in your life or the very end of existence, this song recognises the pain in us all.
    fragmentationon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have a feeling that this song was what the CD cover was based on, and if a literal cymbal rush really does sound like crashing waves, that furthers that idea.

    I think this song is about the end of the world. The world is ending because all the problems we humans, as a species, should have taken care of earlier (hence "you should've took me out when you had the chance") have all trickled together into one huge unstoppable wave, from which there is no escape.

    Basically, I think Yorke is saying we need to turn things around now, before it's too late.
    YanYan108on September 06, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwow these lyrics match perfectly the sense of rising panic and tension in the music. No other artist that I'm aware of today can craft songs like Thom. Thanks eatenbytheworms for putting up that last line. Incidentally, the last line is from an English nursery rhyme.

    "there were ten in the bed and the little one said roll over" the next line in the song goes "and they all rolled over and one fell out" This adds to the view that this song is about the end of the the world, as humanity squeezes itself into an ever tighter spot, much like the cover art.
    thehams321on May 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment3:26 onward when the digitized piano starts, its super beautiful
    gplpark92on July 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe Eraser was filled full of mythological references to the great flood, so I think the people talking about the tsunami or hurricane Katrina maybe aren't so far off the mark. I think the idea of it being water that's following is implied in the song- with references to damming, property destruction and "boiling over", as well- like in the cover. I'd say the song is about global warming, and the flood mythology being a metaphor for the very real flooding that'll be imminent unless we're careful. Thom's green politics are hardly hidden- being spokesman for Friends Of The Earth and The Big Ask and gawd knows how many other environmentalist pressure groups. The message is that unless we "take it out while we've got a chance", this nightmarish image of the flood will become a reality.
    Appers66on August 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSome really really great ideas coming out, but as always with Yorke and Radiohead's songs, I think they mean whatever your subconcious wills them to mean. Half the time I don't even hear the words, the movements of the music speaks to me on it's own.
    For this particular song for me, it's just the end of the desperation after you tried your absolute best to stop your own oblivion happening. You're on your knees, you've gone numb, you're just sitting there unable to do anything because it just doesn't feel right.
    TheBarnardon October 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe lyrics seem right, but i'm not sure about

    "all the rooms were numbered"

    I may be hearing "all the rooms renumbered"

    but it could go either way, and is not entirely important.
    lazyoldsunon June 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCorrected lyrics per Japanese CD:

    Cymbal Rush
    try to save but it doesn't come off the rug
    try to build a wall that is high enough
    s'all boiling over
    s'all boiling over

    try to save your house
    try to save your songs
    try to run but if follows you up the hill
    s'all boiling over
    s'all boiling over

    your loved ones
    your loved ones

    a normal conversation
    a normal conversation
    you should a took me out when you had the chance

    all the rooms renumbered and the loosers [sic] turned away
    dont turn away dont turn away
    you should a took me out while you had the chance

    there were ten in the bed and the little one said roll over
    eatenbythewormson July 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe 'don't turn away'-part nearly makes me cry almost every time I hear it. A perfect closing song to an incredible album.
    Loesjeon July 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti can't begin to say how happy you lot make me by actualy discussing the song meaning. its something that seems to have left this website at times. i knew i could expect more of thom yorke fans. this album is incredible. this song is very brave and emotional.. yeah i think its about climate change, anyway, put harowdown hill on. this guy is our last hope.
    liamoon August 05, 2006   Link

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