"Hearing Damage" as written by and Thomas Edward Yorke....
A tear in my brain
Allows the voices in
They wanna push you off the path
With their frequency wires

And you can do no wrong
In my eyes
In my eyes
You can do no wrong
In my eyes
In my eyes

A drunken salesman
Your hearing damage
Your mind is restless
They say you're getting better
But you don't feel any better

Your speakers are blowing
Your ears are wrecking
Your hearing damage
You wish you felt better
You wish you felt better

You can do no wrong
In my eyes
In my eyes
You can do no wrong
In my eyes
In my eyes
In my

In my eyes
In my eyes
In my eyes


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"Hearing Damage" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke

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  • +6
    General CommentWhat a haunting track. I love the hallucinogenic atmosphere that his echoing back vocals and weird quivering synths create. I think the track definitely applies to schizophrenics because of the "voices" in one's head, but I think it can also apply for anyone who experiences that voice in your head chastising you for your failures and your inadequacies etc. The "voices...wanna push you off the path," this could apply to anything from fidelity to other simpler promises, and so all this creates a struggle and a "restless mind." A recovering individual who suffers from some sort of affliction comes to mind when he says "They say you're getting better But you don't feel any better."

    God this song is so awesome!
    aimeevioletteon November 09, 2011   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI think the song is about a schizophrenic. One of the main criteria to be diagnosed with schizophrenia is to hallucinate in some way, which can be hearing voices. This is described in the first verse "A tear in the membrane (brain) allows the voices in; they wanna push you off the path with little frequency wiring." Schizophrenics will sometimes believe that their thoughts are being implanted in their brain by radios, which is what the frequency wiring may refer to.

    "Hearing damage" describes the voices. Voices tell schizophrenics various things, such as you're worthless, hurt yourself, you won't amount to anything, etc which is the "damage" that is heard. The drunken salesmen is the schizophrenic.

    Then the speaker proclaims to him... "You wish you felt better. But at least you can do no wrong in my eyes."

    In the context of the movie, it looks to match Bella's nightmares and desire to get in dangerous situations.

    Best song on the album by far.
    asclepiuson November 26, 2009   Link
  • +5
    My OpinionWOW. i don't think words could ever describe how i feel when i listen to this song. it's been on repeat for countless of hours. i feel like i'm in such a mystical and magical state of mind each time i turn it on. it sort of makes me feel sad, such dark feelings, and yet i feel a positive way about it. strange, yes, i can't seem to get a grip of it at all.

    when it comes to the meaning, i don't understand a whole lot of it. my favorite parts are "they say you're getting better, but you don't feel any better" and "you can do no wrong.. in my eyes" last is such a short sentence, yet it's full of emotions. yeah, i can only say wow.

    the song hits close to home, and i have no idea why! bugs me :P but i love it.
    MierinEronaileon November 30, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHopefully this song blow's the pre-teen audiences' mind
    Nietszcheon October 21, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"You can do no wrong... in my eyes"


    That's the best lyric of 2009.
    el_chisoon November 19, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's so strange, New Moon is such a mediocre movie (better than that crap first movie, though), yet the soundtrack is so phenomenal. Of course the song by Thom Yorke is the highlight of the album, hands down; I wouldn't expect anything less to him. This song is so beautiful. Every time I listen to it, I go into a trance, like the song has completely devoured my thoughts.
    Cam-winon November 29, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    A tear in the membrane
    Allows the voices in
    They wanna push you off the path
    With little frequency wiring

    I think this part is talking about someone who has something wrong with them,
    they could be struggling with an addiction,or taking the wrong path.

    But you can do no wrong
    In my eyes

    unconditional love and acceptance is what this line is talking about. No matter what this person does
    they can never do any wrong. They are perfect(:

    A drunken salesman
    You're hearing damage
    Your mind is restless
    They say you're getting better
    But you don't feel any better

    If you think about it, a salesman is someone who tries to convince you to buy their product. If they are drunk their ideas would be skewed, they would not know what they are saying. This is a metaphor, for what
    the person is dealing with. They are trying to overcome whatever it is they are going through but
    the person doesn't feel any better. (back again to the drug reference. This person could be in rehab, and everyone thinks this person is getting better but they aren't?)

    You speakers are blowing
    Your ears are wrecking
    You're hearing damage
    You wish you felt better
    You wish you felt better

    But at least
    You can do no wrong
    In my eyes

    Despite the "damage" this person is going through, even if they do not get better or overcome their problems, they will at least have one person that believes they are still worth something and that they can do no wrong.

    Beautiful song(:
    mgmtfreakon October 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the first line actually sounds like
    "Tear in my brain"
    which makes more sense I think.

    Great song.
    The phrase "A drunken salesman" is unclear to me yet stood out. Wonder if that means that a drunken salesman might say too much or not be as smooth or as convincing to sell you on something or an idea? They might misread social cues that you are uninterested in their sales pitch? IDK...thoughts?

    I think my favorite lines are when Thom sings "They say you're getting better....But you don't feel any better" So true. People sometimes, for lack of what to say to a very ill person, will tell you that you look or seem better...but you may be or at least feel the opposite.
    UNsweetTon October 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics remind me of holosonic technology. Here's an excerpt from an article:

    "What has long been rumored within the conspiracy and ufology communities went public a few years ago (though a variant of the technology was discussed for use even earlier during the Waco siege) and is quickly infiltrating the market of ideas and real world applications. Holosonic sound technologies project a high pitched directional beam of ultrasound audio to an exact location, usually where the target audience’s head will be. The victim will hear a voice, music, advertisement, or whatever the beams controller would like, inside their head. No-one around them would be able to hear it, unless they could drag someone to that exact spot and hope the beam was still trained on the same location."

    I think Thom had this in mind when he wrote the lyrics.
    derykon November 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUgh. This song is hijacking my life.
    I haven't really thought hard about the words; all I have is my gut reaction to listening to it about a million times in the last 3 days...
    But the sense I get is that it is about understanding and being understood in turn. This isn't the most intellectual comment I have ever made but I offer it for your entertainment.
    Apolyonon November 23, 2009   Link

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