"Judge, Jury and Executioner" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke, Mauro Refosco, Nigel Godrich, Michael Peter Balzary and Joey Waronker....
Don't worry, baby
It goes right through me
I'm like the wind and my anger will disperse

Thin persecutors
Your twisted whispers
A horned reptile that is crawled upon the earth

I went for my usual walk
Just tell it like it is
Tell it like it was
Judge and jury, executioner
Judge and jury, executioner
Judge and jury

When darkness follows
And no tomorrows

It's all been decided
All spies deceptive
All bouncing voices down the echo chamber

Don't worry, baby
It goes right through me

I went for my usual walk
I went around the block
I just can't talk or reason with my executioner
Judge and jury, executioner
Judge and jury

Been wasting trails
You talk in layers

I went for my usual walk
Didn't like this din't like it was
Judge and jury, executioner
Judge and jury, executioner
Judge and jury

Don't worry, baby
It goes right through me
I'm like the wind and my anger will disperse


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"Judge Jury and Executioner" as written by Mauro Refosco Joey Waronker

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  • +1
    My InterpretationThese lyrics are all wrong. Pretty sure the correct lyrics are: "and twisted vespers" not "your twisted whispers"... and "all spiced and scented" rather than "all spies deceptive".

    Regardless, I think this song pertains to the Apocalyptic prophecy found in the Book of Revelation. In this story, the exiled St John encounters God while walking on the island of Patmos, who shares various visions and knowledge of how things will transpire on earth during the End Times ("and darkness follows / and no tomorrows")

    This chapter directly refers to a "horned reptile" who (after being cast out of heaven) "crawls across the earth" persecuting a woman who escapes into the desert. It also speaks of false prophets who "talk in layers" (convincing double-talk).

    In this song, the singer "just can't talk or reason with my executioner" because "it's all been decided" (ie: the Judge, Jury and Executioner is God, who has already decided how and when things will all end.)
    Lantaon March 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation“Don’t worry baby. It goes right though me” — clearly talking about Guinness here.
    RadioPunkon August 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI talk in layers you sure do Thom.
    EyeToEye67on February 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationjudge jury and executioner, darkness follows, no tomorrows

    This makes me think of someone who is depressed and decides that they should kill themself. In which cause you are your own judge jury and executioner.
    anotheron March 26, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this song is that abstract. It's about struggling with criticism. If you've ever had someone tear you down to the point where you just have to get away by going for a long walk, you will relate to the lyrics.

    I agree with the person above that the true lyrics relate to biblical themes, but I think it's sarcastic, accusing the critic of being high-and-mighty / acting like God in the final judgement.

    It's not coincidence that it's the same as the alternate name to the song myxomatosis. That song seems to be about public criticism or dealing with the media / being in the public spotlight.
    mbs3580on May 07, 2013   Link

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