When we realize we're only to die then we're out of here
We're just skirting on the surface
We have only to click our fingers and we disappear
We're just skirting on the surface

Doll eyes trying to pull you through the ice
Being drawn to the ledge
When we realize that once we're broken then nothing mends
We're just skirting on the surface

When we realize we're only held in suspension
Until someone comes along and shakes us
And as the pattern lines cross their fingers like a web
Will we die upon the surface?

Doll eyes trying to pull you through the ice
Being drawn to the ledge
When we realize that once we're broken then nothing mends
We're just skirting on the surface


Lyrics submitted by lysoljackson

Skirting on the Surface song meanings
Add your thoughts

2 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Commentyoutube.com/…

    Thom Yorke at the Echoplex, October 2, 2009

    Will likely appear on Radiohead's eighth album in 2010.
    lysoljacksonon October 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about human complacency and how easy it is to get caught up in our own lives and forget that we can make real change in this world. "When we realize that once we're broken nothing mends We're just skirting on the surface" Skirting on the surface to me means ignoring what's going on in the world. Only paying attention to our own shallow lives, having our heads in the clouds and giving up on social change. "Will you dive-bomb the surface? Dull eyes trying to pull you through the ice Being drawn to the ledge" To me this means, "Will you open your eyes to what's going on in the world, or just buy what you're told...will you search for truth or live in a world of ignorance?" The "dull eyes" part referring to the people who live in a constant state of fear and who are ignorant to what goes on under the "surface". The ones that talk about how the apocalypse is coming and how it doesn't matter what we do because we're all going to die anyway. Being drawn to the edge is buying into that foolish logic. Giving up on making this world a better place.
    justinhayes1982on April 14, 2012   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain