"Nude" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Colin Charles Greenwood, Edward John O'brien and Philip James Selway....
Don't get any big ideas
They're not gonna happen
You paint yourself white
And fill up with noise
There'll be something missing
And now that you found it
It's gone
Now you feel it you don't
You've gone off the rails

So don't get any big ideas
They're not gonna happen
You'll go to Hell
For what your
Dirty mind is thinking


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"Nude" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +29
    General CommentI think that this song is about the lies we tell ourselves, in relation with the things we want to do or who we want to be (our Big Ideas for our life, that won't happen). Also about our abilty to decieve ourselves from the ture person that we are (we paint ourselves white, even though we are not pure) and our ability to blind ourselves from our present situations, refusing to see, or hear in this case, (we fill up with noise). "But there'll be something missing", even though we lie to ourselves and convince ourselves about these things we want to achieve, there will always be something missing. This song is extremely pessimistic, going even further in it's analysis of the meaningless efforts we make to get the things we want in the next verse. "Now that you find it, it's gone, now that you feel it you don't", for me this verse is about a very common aspect of our human nature, first we convince ourselves that we need something, or someone, to be happy, to feel fulfilled, but when we get this someone, this feeling, or this thing, we find out that that wasn't the problem, that it didn't make us any happier. Now that we got it, it's gone, it doesn't matter, and now that we feel it, we don't. That which we thought we needed, was really a waste of time, and this make's us feel lost, it takes us off our rails. Lost and even nude, vulnerable and confused, as the title implies it. I'm a little lost with the meaning of the last line, "You'll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thinking", I understand that this line could leave the song open for sexual interpretations, but in my opinion it has nothing to do with it. Maybe it is directed to us as listeners to the song? Because really the easy interpretation for this song is about some sexual adventure, so it confronts us and our subconscious need to relate all thing to sex! I really have no idea... but in my opinion this song is about human desire for things and the frustration when we finally get them and find out we don't care for them at all.... it's very pessimistic and crude but at the same time indeniably true!
    nn1000on October 30, 2007   Link
  • +9
    My Interpretationto me this is more than sex. i can relate to this directly; i am in love with someone who's in a [nearly permanent] relationship. i constantly think about them, 'obsess', if you will. but it's pointless, i can't "get any big ideas, cuz they're not gonna happen". i "pain myself white" - white being the symbol of innocence. i pretend i didn't feel anything towards him, but that i deserve him. so i "fill up with noise" to forget. but no matter what i do, or how satisfied i am with my life "there'll still be something missing" since we met. "now that i've found it" [love], "it's gone" because i can't have it. "now that i feel it" [happiness], "i don't" because it pains me with guilt to see/think of him. "i've gone off the rails", i've lost my balance. what i thought was hard just became harder knowing him. i don't know how to live anymore, i've forgotten what i did before we met. "i'll go to hell for what my mind is thinking", to confess my feelings will lead to a greater disaster.
    toriephotographieon March 28, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General CommentCouple of quotes Thom Yorke said which I think highlights what the song means.

    1."I grew up under Thatcher. I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless. Then gradually over the years it occurred to me that this was actually a very convenient myth for the state."

    2. "The sad thing is, if an issue is laughed at and patronised by mainstream media, then it's up against it big-time. I read some journalist recently lecturing the anti-globalisation lobby, saying, 'This is the way capitalism works, all capitalism is exploitation and to make it try and do something else, it's never gonna happen.' And it's like, yeah, but where does that leave us? This is somehow God's will? All this? It's God's will that we sit in traffic? It's God's will that millions of people are gonna die this year because of some outmoded economic policies? No, it's not! It's like some deranged sacrificial altar, the high priests of the global economy holding up these millions of children each year, like (Arms aloft) 'We wish to please you! Oh Gods of free trade!' It's like... give us all a fucking break! If there is a Devil at work, then he rests in institutions and not in individuals. Because the beauty of institutions is that any individual can abdicate responsibility. The assumption that we're all utterly powerless, that's the Devil at work."

    These lyrics are the powers that be talking. That's what the institutions stuff into your heads, that you can't change the world around you. That message is one you've gotta fight.
    Thats how I see it anyway. The song still drives me to tears.
    WillAndWindon May 14, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Commentwow cant believe noones posted on this song. ive got a fairly simple explaination to this song. i think its about lust and pornography and how maybe people are sucked into it but ultimately it is not fulfilling and will only lead to dissapointment and sexual frustration. very beautiful song i mean fucking hell jeez its soooooooooo beautiful
    Xeanson September 14, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI have to agree with logaphasia.

    It's about adultery, of wanting something more from someone you can't quite have.

    Seems to be the theme of In Rainbows- longing, wanting, loving, losing.
    glassphyxieon October 14, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentamazing song.

    ive only had a few listens, but my personal interpretation was after a one night stand, or a purely sexual relationship, he's wishing for something with more substance, but he knows he wont get it.
    KurupTon October 10, 2007   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI suppose everyone else has a pretty credible explanation for the song, but I want to convey a totally different perspective to it. I agree with the fact that the song talks about never being able to find "it" to satisfy our needs entirely, as well as I read to have found that "painting yourself white" seems to really make sense with the flawed attempts at self-purification from the outside.

    However, I don't agree with this big bit: it's pessimistic. I like to call this song the jellyfish song for a reason, and the song to me is a beautiful, soul-bound perspective on the ego climbing to many set purposes in life. But there's the answer in it all, and that's withdrawal from the race and limitations on one's needs. Imagine, like in the music video, the floating jellyfish. How simple is their life? Do they desire more and more and more until they go over the rails? I think the key essence to this song is simplification and emotions, benefiting from one another.
    MrBahumbugon November 19, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationDon't get any big ideas about having a wonderful happy life because it's not gonna happen
    You try to make yourself better than what you are (I believe "painting yourself white" is pointing at us trying to add some meaning to our corny lives just like what Albert Camus says in one of his books"The Fall" : "Do you want a good clean life? Like everybody else?" You say yes, of course. How can one say no? "O.K. You'll be cleaned up. Here's a job, a family, and organized leisure activities." And the little teeth attack the flesh, right down to the bone. But I am unjust. I shouldn't say their organization. It is ours, after all: it's a question of which will clean up the other.”)
    So you try to have a good clean life full of sounds of happiness and laughter (which by the way prevents you from hearing other sounds) and with all of this,your life is still gonna be incomplete and null in it's own way
    Now that you've found that happiness by living a clean life,you realize that you haven't found anything
    Now that you feel true happiness,you realize you don't
    You've gone too far in understanding things which is not acceptable
    So don't get any big ideas because they're not gonna happen
    And once you do get big ideas and you realize you can't reach them,your life will turn into hell and all of that is because your dirty mind has realized the truth
    By the way,the name of the song is NUDE and i think it's trying to tell us that after all,we have got nothing and we're completely nude.
    rcnon August 01, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe title could also suggest vulnerability/fear?
    tanna1on October 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this is my favourite song from in rainbows
    girl_afraidon October 10, 2007   Link

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