"Jetstream" as written by and Thomas Edward Yorke....
This is a free seat
Which way you heading?
You keep pushing and you keep pushing
Between the whipcrack and the moonbeams
I said coachman where we heading?

the gleaming teeth
Of the inbetween
I can hear some people laughing
Is this a stitch up
I am not willing
So I am turning you off and then I'm counting

I regret
I turn the clock back
To where I wasn't taken in
I jump out of the window
And get lost in a jetstream

this is a ghost coach
That we are riding
Damp decay and splintering
Between the whipcrack and the moonbeams
I can hear some people laughing

we need a rubber man
We need a stretchy man
I'm not sure I am welcome

you are a fool
And this is over
Over the cliffs of dover

I regret
I turn the clock back
To where I wasn't taken in
I jump out of a window
And get lost in a jetstream

you're beautiful
Until I get close
You have the eyes of a mountain goat
A coat of mildew
A bad smell
And the strap broke in my hand

now I wanna turn back
I wanna turn back
Turn back
I wanna turn back
I wanna turn back
Turn back
Turn back
I wanna turn back

you need a rubber man
You need a stretchy man
You need a rubber man
You need a stretchy man

I wanna turn back
I'm on my back
Turn back



Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death

"Jetstream" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is a difficult song to interpret but it seems to me that it's about regretting things in the past and wanting to escape them. The lines
    'you're beautiful
    until i get close
    you have the eyes of a mountain goat
    a cold religion
    a bad smell
    and a strap broke in my hand'

    seem to be about being blinded by appearances and neglecting to see the reality inside the beautiful exterior. In the end this thing turned out to be something of a nightmare.
    eatenbythewormson September 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely about regret. It uses the metaphor of being on a horse-coach (ghost-coach, whipcrack, coachman) and perhaps being able to "hear some people laughing" as though laughing at (Thom), and then regretting it "i jump out of a window". Basically doing something and then later regretting it (I turn the clock back to where I wasn't taken in)....... Jumping out of the window and "I wanna turn back" both fit in with this too........ The only thing I don't understand is "I need a rubber man, I need a stretchy man"......... (NOTE: skttrbrain definitely has the words right the second time.)
    ikefoxon February 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOfficial lyrics: (though i doubt Black Cow will update it, since he's so SLOW on all the other lyrics he put on here)

    this is a free seat
    which way you heading?
    you keep pushing
    and you keep pushing
    between the wheel crack and the moonbeams
    'coz it goes from where we're heading

    the gleaming teeth of the imagery
    i can hear some people laughing
    this is a stitch-up
    i'm not willing
    so i'm turning you off when i'm counting

    i regret
    i turn the clock back
    to where i wasn't taken in
    i jump out of the window
    and get lost in the jetstream

    this is a ghost coach
    and we're arriving
    down to canyon spirit
    between the wheel crack and the moonbeams
    i can hear some people laughing

    we need a rubber, man
    we need a stretcher, man
    i'm not sure i will make it

    you are a fool
    and this is over
    over the cliffs of dover

    i regret
    i turn the clock back
    to where i wasn't taken in
    i jump out of the window
    and get lost in the jetstream

    you're beautiful
    until i get close
    you have the eyes of a mountain goat
    a cold religion
    a bad smell
    and a strap broke in my hand

    and i wanna turn back
    i wanna turn back
    turn back
    i wanna turn back
    i wanna turn back
    turn back
    turn back
    i wanna turn back

    we need a rubber, man
    we need a stretcher, man
    a fucking rubber, man
    we need a stretcher, man
    skttrbrainon September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgain, the correct lyrics, this time 100%... ^_^"

    is this a free seat?
    which way you heading?
    you keep pushing and you keep pushing.
    between the whipcrack
    and the moonbeams
    i said coachman where we heading?
    the gleaming teeth
    of the inbetween
    i can hear some people laughing.
    is this is a stitch up?
    i am not willing
    so i am turning you off and then i'm counting.
    i regret.
    i turn the clock back.
    to where i wasn't taken in.
    i jump out
    of a window
    and get lost in a jetstream.
    this is a ghost coach
    that we are riding
    damp decay and splintering.
    between the whipcrack
    and the moonbeams
    i can hear some people laughing.
    we need a rubber man
    we need a stretchy man
    i'm not sure i am welcome.
    you are a fool
    and this is over
    over the cliffs of Dover.
    i regret.
    i turn the clock back.
    to where i wasn't taken in.
    i jump out of a window
    and get lost in a jetstream.
    you're beautiful
    until i get close
    you have the eyes of a mountain goat.
    a coat of mildew
    a bad smell
    and the strap broke in my hand.
    now i wanna turn back.
    turn back.
    i wanna turn back.
    you need a rubber man
    you need a stretchy man
    you need a rubber man
    you need a stretchy man
    i wanna turn back
    i wanna turn back
    you need a rubber man
    you need a stretchy man
    you need a rubber man
    you need a stretchy man
    i wanna turn back
    i'm on my back
    turn back.
    skttrbrainon January 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he says "you live or you die" at the beginning. I don't know but this is one creepy song.
    mbs3580on July 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he says "you live or you die" at the beginning. I don't know but this is one creepy song.
    mbs3580on July 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song...
    bentheindividualon September 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAbout going against the grain and being scared of it, scared of the path that you're on, fantasizing about jumping off and going with the flow (jetstream) because it's easier.
    millivanilliscoopon March 26, 2012   Link

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