"I Promise" as written by and Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood....
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 spread, 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 run away no more, I promise
Even when I get bored, I promise
Even when the ship is wrecked, I promise
Tie me to the rotten deck, I promise

I won't run away no more, I promise


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

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    My InterpretationThis song is about a protagonist ie: its you and me who is examining our own conscience and realising that we sometimes run away, avoid and distract themselves from what really matters. What really matters is the relationships we have not only with other people but with ourselves and beyond that the world around us. Its beautiful and an acknowledgment that we reinvent ourselves through mindfulness.
    22Pinkflamingoon June 23, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. I love this song. I love radiohead.
    frumstickon April 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is on the towering above the rest collection.
    teishapaigeon October 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    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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    General CommentI believe this song is about someone who has been away or at least no longer in a relationship with someone and wants back in their place. The "tantrums and the chilling chats" convey they are quite a troubled/maybe dangerous person. They are asking to stay with that someone again promising they won't run away, even "if the ship is wrecked" which pretty much says even if there's no "relationship", they will still be there. The song sounds like a desperate plea from a desperate person for a place to live. I mean "even when you lock me out" may seem figurative to some, but I feel it's literally meaning when he/she comes home late/drunk/stoned they won't leave just because they got locked out. They're begging for a place.
    Yepprdon June 03, 2017   Link
  • -1
    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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