Rain magic up down America
And on comes our man
With a smile that's taken years to fix
Spreading pestilence and disease
To those old women
Who couldn't know no difference

And now I know
I want to know
I want to know
Is this going to be the one
The one who gets it done?
Sell me the burning bush
Tell me I'm burning Bush
Maybe we should burn Bush

I believe in feeling for the next ones
The ones who cannot cope
It's a land full of heart attacks
Money builds McDonalds and Coca-Cola
The corporations own the very air that you breath

And I want to know
I want to know
I want to know
Is this going to be the one
The one who drops the bomb
The one who gets it done?
Tell me I'm burning Bush
Maybe we should burn Bush

I want to know
I want to know
I want to know
Is this going to be the one
The one who drops the bomb
The one who gets it done?
Tell me I'm burning Bush
Maybe we should burn Bush


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Burning Bush song meanings
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    General CommentRain magic up down America (Election campaign)
    And on comes our man (George Bush I)
    With a smile that's taken years to fix( Fixed smile = insincere)
    Spreading pestilence and disease (Wars started by him)
    To those old women
    Who couldn't know no difference (Ignorant, innocent 3rd world (or non-Western) victims)

    And now I know
    I want to know
    I want to know
    Is this going to be the one (Biblical reference — the one = the messiah who redeems the world of its evil)
    The one who gets it done? (Biblical and literal — end of the world)
    Sell me the burning bush (Christian selling a Jewish story - meant to be taken figuratively but with literal intentions)
    Tell me I'm burning Bush (Pun: 'Burning' to know/be sold/join the war OR burning with embarrassment)
    Maybe we should burn Bush (What most Arabs want to do)

    I believe in feeling for the next ones (Like a good Christian should feel for the meek)
    The ones who cannot cope
    It's a land full of heart attacks (Disease caused by Western lifestyle and diet arranged by the unfeeling corporations mentioned also in Brian Eno’s Bottom Liners)
    Money builds McDonalds and Coca-Cola (The corporate cause of so much disease)
    The corporations own the very air that you breathe

    And I want to know
    I want to know
    I want to know
    Is this going to be the one
    The one who drops the bomb (Satan ending the world?The great Satan of the Arab world?)
    The one who gets it done?
    Tell me I'm burning Bush
    Maybe we should burn Bush

    I want to know
    I want to know
    I want to know
    Is this going be the one
    The one who drops the bomb
    The one who gets it done?
    Tell me I'm burning Bush
    Maybe we should burn Bush
    JCS102on October 12, 2012   Link
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    General Commentmaybe he does care about bush...
    torkillallon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnm
    torkillallon May 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentas this is an on a friday track i think it might be about bush sr.
    paper bag writeron May 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow io never thought they'd be so....literal

    Thom must really hate him
    Hungryforalynchinon September 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentradiohead did not write this.
    sara3348on August 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think burning bush is refering to religion "And god appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush..." happens when Moses climbs the holy mtn. and before he unleashes the plagues on Egypt. I'm not sure how this plays into the song, maybe refering to religion in politics. Or it could be a double entendre and be refering to the persona and the religious stuff.
    tzarotdrummeron March 04, 2010   Link

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