I won't run away no more, I promise
Even when I get bored, I promise
Even when you lock me out, I promise
I say my prayers every night, I promise

I don't wish that I'm strict, I promise
The tantrums and the chilling chats, I promise
Even when the ship is wrecked, I promise
Tie me to the rotten deck, I promise

I won't fool around no more, I promise
Even when I get bored, I promise
Even when you lock me out, I promise
I say my prayers every night, I promise
I won't fool around no more, I promise


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    General CommentI think that this song describes all the feelings you go through after a break up.
    PaloAltoon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree. I love this song. I love radiohead.
    frumstickon April 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti dunno if it's about a break up like after a relationship's ended type break up. the song's not really as sad as that sort of thing is. i think it's more just about one of those little fights couples have. like just after an argument where she's mad at you cause of something stupid you said.
    bigidioton June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me of someone who was unfaithful or flakey, but they are sorry and don't want the other person to leave.
    They are saying even when there are problems, they'll stay and won't go back to their old ways.
    I think the lines:
    "Even when the ship is wrecked, I promise
    Tie me to the rotten deck, I promise"
    are saying that even if the relationship is damaged beyond repair, they'll stay and "go down with the ship", in a sense.
    jawbreaker8996on November 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI can't find this song ANYWHERE! Is it hidden in one of their DVD's or something? I've looked at the details for all their albums and everything.. I can't find this anywhere!
    just_kickin_iton December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt was only played live during the OK computer period. So, no official recording. You can hear a bootleg at citizeninsane.eu though I don't know where you'll find an MP3.
    Wallamanageon March 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is on the towering above the rest collection.
    teishapaigeon October 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems painfully obvious and direct and forward. it seems like a mockery towards all men who cheat or do things that are immoral (including politicians, doctors, and regular citizens) and try to regain the trust of the ones they wrong. it sounds to me like thom is calling these people all out.
    monticelloon March 25, 2010   Link

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