"Melatonin" as written by and Thomas Yorke....
She ran into the wall
So sweet and unknown
A worn comatose

After six milograms
We're talking again
Who would know?
So sweet and so low
Who would know?

My brain doesn't produce any
I'm soaring without anything

She said I'm taking my time
And now we'll move on with everyone
I'll see my friend soon again

My brain doesn't produce any
I'm soaring without anything

We said aloud
We said aloud
That we can't pull out
That we can't pull out
That we can't pull out
We said aloud
We said aloud
That we can't pull out
That we can't pull out

Lyrics submitted by nateh

"Melatonin" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke

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  • +5
    General CommentMelotonin is a chemical produced by the pineal gland (in the brain, but not part of the brain) that is slowly released in increasing amounts while you're awake. Eventually, there is so much of it in your system that you can't help but to pass out from overload.

    This is the reason melatonin is used as a sleep aid. Higher doses of melatonin increase REM sleep (a.k.a. dream sleep). So taking a lot of melatonin causes you to dream more. A lack of melatonin is associated with insomnia

    As for the song:

    "she ran into the wall
    so sweet and unknown
    a worn comatose"

    A girl that the singer knows has died in a car crash.

    "after six milograms
    we're talking again
    who would know
    sweet and so low
    who would know"

    He takes 6 mg of melatonin (a higher-than-average dose) and talks to her in his dreams.

    "my brain doesn't produce any
    i'm soaring without anything"

    He's losing sleep over her death. He's become an insomniac (i.e. his brain isn't producing melotonin).

    "she said i'm taking my time
    and now we'll move on with everyone
    i'll see my friend soon again"

    In his dream, he knows that she's in a better place, and he'll see her after he dies

    Basically this song is about a dream that the singer had after taking melatonin to combat his insomnia. I think it's one of the more beautiful of their songs
    RsonWon June 27, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAll I have to say is this is possibly one of the best opening songs to an album I've ever heard, the mix of brian and nikki's voices during the "We said aloud, That we can't pull out" part is fuckin BEAUTIFUL!!

    That is all
    tsunamibomb420on April 23, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Melotonin is a chemical produced by the pineal gland (in the brain, but not part of the brain) that is slowly released in increasing amounts while you're awake. Eventually, there is so much of it in your system that you can't help but to pass out from overload."

    Wow, that's not true at all. Melatonin IS secreted by the pineal gland, but it is secreted in the presence of darkness. It isn't produced throughout the day and then there's so much it knocks you out. It's sold OTC and the recommended dose is 3mg, but they haven't found any adverse side effects of taking too much melatonin other than insomnia, which is ironic. Remember the golden role, while a little bit of a hormone can be beneficial, too much is catastrophic, in most cases causing an opposite effect.

    With that being said, I think this song simply is about sleep. I'd like there to be a deeper meaning because it's such a good song, but I think that's pretty much it.
    thetaldichon May 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't really like that whole 'he's talking to his dead friend in his dreams' concept. I mean, it could make sense and it would be a nice meaning for the song. But... bleh, just not for me.

    I like to think it's about those wonderful dreams we have that include a person who we've never seen before, but are heads over heels in love with. In the song, the singer wakes up and takes some melatonin to be back with her- which I can somewhat relate with. Whenever I wake up from those kind of dreams, I immediately want to back to sleep again as well. I can't specifically tie all the lyrics into this proposed song meaning, but I think "so sweet and unknown" part really supports my interpretation. In these dreams, I don't know the person. They're an unknown person to me. Yet, they're sweet and I'm in love with them.
    Jacobtwoon December 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationA friend and I spent some time listening to Carnavas and came up with the idea that it could be a concept album (a la The Shins Wincing the Night Away). We kind of picked at straws with some ideas and there is no place that ever mentions it being a concept album. That didn't make it any less fun to invent though :P

    We thought that this song was about a physically abusive relationship between 2 characters: one female and one male. Most of the album is told through the female perspective (the one abused). The dream-like sound that many of the songs on the album have gave us the impression that the whole album is a series of non-chronological dreams.

    "She ran into a wall" or something like that is frequently like an excuse for why the female has marks of abuse, and as many other commenters have said, perhaps there is that level of insomnia. I like what acridine said that perhaps the melatonin is a reference to something more than just a hormone.

    The female takes the medication and falls asleep because she doesn't want to deal with the person she is in a relationship with. She begins to dream where she knows "i'll see my friend soon again" or the version of the man who she fell in love with rather than what he has become (abusive).

    The following songs are memories of their relationship, be they good or bad, that come to mind in the melatonin-induced sleep.

    I know its a stretch, but its a fun little idea ;)
    mike81890on December 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have nothing to offer other that I know that melatonin is an OTC sleeping agent, and the normal dose is 1-3 mg. The max per day is at 3mg, but I usually take 6, as i suspect a lot of other people with sleeping problems do.
    emilimo701on January 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCarnavas is totally Loveless worship and it shows so well in this song.
    Johntegrityon May 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I first heard of them, this was the song I listened to. And I'm absolutely in love with it.

    "I'm soaring without anything."

    This song describes the mood of teenage mediocrity, just hanging out and going with the flow. A slightly twisted carpe diem, if you will.
    girlabstracton May 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentquote: Johntegrity
    "hahahaha what shut up fag"

    wow, what interesting thoughts about this song. i had no idea that's what it was about about. fags shutting up. thanks for sharing, i don't know what i would do without you.

    oh and i agree with the people that love this song. what a great way to open an album... really sets the mood wonderfully.
    phobos258on May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remembered that when i was looking @ some of these lyrics on SSPU's website, they put the meaning in ( )'s by the names of the song, so i went and checked it out, and sure enought.. by this one they put "(addicted to the wee things in life"
    xxGRAB-thy-handon June 04, 2007   Link

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