This dance
This dance
Is like a weapon
Like a weapon
Of self defense
Of self defense
Against the present
Against the present
Present tense

I won't get heavy
Don't get heavy
Keep it light and
Keep it moving
I am doing
No harm

As my world
Comes crashing down
I am dancing
Freaking out
Deaf, dumb, and blind

In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost

I won't turn round while the penny drops
I won't stop now
I won't slack off
Or all this love will be in vain

Oooh oooh

Stop from falling down a mine
It's no ones business but mine
Or all this love will be in vain

Oooh

In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost

In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost


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    General Commentjust because,
    I realized five minutes ago this is very similar to my denial of feelings for someone. The dance of trying to deny any sort of attraction since shes so very far away. but I doubt if anyone in the world cares so let me stop there.
    Blackmofasa9on November 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI like the way he says "It's no ones business but mine" love his voice. But the meaning of this... i do not know.
    SilentZephyron August 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat's this from?
    Cam-winon September 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis could be about the difficulties of a long-term relationship.
    Or, it could be about having a fragile relationship with happiness.
    Or finally it might be about wanting or not wanting to be in a band.

    There's been a lot of sunk effort and emotion ("all this love will be in vain") and he's telling himself to stick with it, despite his tendency to freak out.

    "This dance is like a weapon against the present tense" is very evocative but I don't know what it means. It sounds reminiscent of Fela Kuti's album title, "Music is the weapon of the future" but probably not related.

    The dance could be a literal dance, or it could be sex, or it could be a relationship, or it could just be some sort of back-and-forth situation, or it could be his aforementioned tendency to freak out.
    mk99on October 03, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"this dance is like a weapon of self defence against the present tense"
    seems to imply someone not wanting to face up to what's happening, the dance is a distraction from reality or "the now". keeping it light and frothy again would deny any real contemplation or reflection on our existence and where we are collectively heading.

    derykon November 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about Thom speaking to somebody he knows(lieing to this person).
    In reality his world is crashing down, but he's dancing around that, because that's the
    self defense mechanism he's built through the years. The wall he has built that tells him
    to keep it light, and keep it moving, as to not get hurt. He's torn between what to do,
    and scared that this person will think badly of him, if he said what he wanted 100% of the time.
    andweirdfisheson May 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis is Norwegian Wood Soundtrack by Jonny
    "In you I'm lost" maybe thom got inspired by the book Norwegian Wood
    FUNNYFUNNY94on May 03, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI made this account just to add this theory.
    IF we assume for a moment that illuminati does exist.
    Read this theory occultmediadeception.blogspot.com/2011/01/…

    This dance
    This dance
    Is like a weapon
    Like a weapon
    Of self defense
    Of self defense
    Against the present
    Against the present
    Present tense

    In video for lotus flower and for ingenue Thom is dancing and in that verse he explains that it is his self defense.Maybe he is dazed or something.

    As my world
    Comes crashing down
    I am dancing
    Freaking out
    Deaf, dumb, and blind

    I'm not going to check every line of this song and make it more sense but to me that song is really depressing.
    What IF illuminati have been helping radiohead to get on the top.Now Thom is trapped and he has to pay the bills.He is deaf,dumb and blind cause he cant do nothing.

    wojtek3798on November 03, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningThom Yorke is smart.. he's not just this depressed guy making songs about past relationships that went wrong blah blah. He's Thom Yorke lol.. he met the love of his life in his early 20's and Radiohead started a bit after. He's a guy who's been through a lot and understands more about life than most, even though more and more are getting there.

    The song:

    This dance
    This dance
    Is like a weapon
    Like a weapon
    Of self defense
    Of self defense
    Against the present
    Against the present
    Present tense

    ** Okay, this dance is like a weapon of self defense against the present tense. The dance is the dance of life we all participate in everyday.. and for most of us we don't take in the present as much as we should; instead we focus on the past and future and create unnecessary anxiety for ourselves. So yes, the dance is a weapon because the present tense is something special that when realized, makes the things we thought were more important 'the dance', much less.

    The song just goes on to add to it. Your world crashes, you enter the dance of life and freak out and worry and make yourself crazy all because you're deaf, dumb, and blind. You haven't gotten to the place where you take in the present, the past is what it is, you do now to make the future you want.

    Finally, he says it's no one's business but his, because it is. It's everyone's battle to get to the place where they can confidently say they believe in life and it' s not just same random collection of things. And you if you give up and let life take over, all the love that went into making life in general is for nothing.. then 'in you i'm lost' because life is confusing if you let it be, take it simple and take in the now, and watch what happens.

    -Joe
    JoeF716on December 07, 2013   Link

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