"Amok" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke, Mauro Refosco, Nigel Godrich, Michael Peter Balzary and Joey Waronker....
A penny for your thoughts my love
A penny for your thoughts my love
A swinging door, a swinging door
A penny for your thoughts

They try to jump me, they try to jump me
A penny for you thoughts my love
A penny for you thoughts my love
They're spaghetti, they're spaghetti
They possess me, they possess me, they possess me

I'm trying to be a thought killer
I'm trying to be a thought killer
They come back to bite me
?
A penny for you thoughts my love
A penny for you thoughts my love

They court disaster, They court disaster
I'm trying to be a thought killer
A penny for you thoughts my love
A penny for you thoughts
You'll forget me, You'll forget me
I'm trying to be a thought killer
A penny for you thoughts

They distract me, they distract me
A penny for you thoughts my love

I'm sending out choirs of angels
Trying round pieces of string
Pieces of string
To run amok run amok ran amok
To run amok

You got me you got me
You got me you got me
Back to bite me
Back to bite me
A penny for your thoughts


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"Amok" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke Michael Balzary

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis could be Thom's mantra against over-thinking. Kill all thought! A constant stream of information, intrusive thoughts and ideas compete with each other and stymie action. Analysing and second-guessing only serve to distract one's self from actually doing - instead, we should act on instinct more often and do what feels right and natural.

    Then again, this song could be written from the pov of a romantic partner who fears being left or forgotten by their lover ("a penny for your thoughts my love / they court disaster" & later "you'll forget me... tying round pieces of string").
    Lantaon March 14, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest song on the album. The title song, too
    canniballzon March 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing.
    something somethingon February 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the the things I love about this song is how completely unstructured it seems at first - it seem like a big mess of Thom Yorke-vocals, strange lyrics and the a constant beat. This statement is, however, to be shattered as only a very few simple piano chords are applied (approx. 2:40 in the song), which gathers everything up and creates a melody! Absolutley remarkable! (If you understand).
    Planeton July 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics seem pretty dark and paranoid. The beats and dissonant vocals to me evoke a lot of anxiety (big time fears of rejection or doomed unrequited love). It's more going with the theme of the album than anything person though. Thom just likes doing what he's good at, which is mostly dark neurotic themes. Art is often about channeling emotions, it doesn't have to be personal.
    mbs3580on March 21, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentgood as always
    but I hope, its not about Thom's wife!
    loudcloudon February 28, 2013   Link

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