"Decks Dark" as written by and Jonathan Greenwood Colin Greenwood....
Then into your life, there comes a darkness
There's a spacecraft blocking out the sky
And there's nowhere to hide
You run to the back and you cover your ears
But it's the loudest sound you've ever heard
And all we trapped ragdoll cloth people
We are helpless to resist
Into our darkest hour

But it was just a laugh, just a laugh
Just a laugh, just a laugh
Even at this angle
And so we crumble
A ten ton head, made of wet sand
This dread circumference
You've gotta be kidding me
The grass grows over me
Your face in the glass, in the glass
It was just a laugh, just a laugh
It's whatever you say it is
In split infinities

Then into your life, there comes a darkness
And a spacecraft blocking out the sky
And there's nowhere to hide
You run to the back and you cover your ears
But it's the loudest sound you've ever heard
Into your darkest hour

When you've had enough of me
When you've had enough of me
Sweet times
When you've had enough of me
When you've had enough of me
Sweet times
Sweet times
Sweet times
Sweet times


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  • +4
    My InterpretationSo the beauty of a great song is that it can mean different things to different people depending on their life experiences. To me this song is about a person,for me a guy, who comes upon a situation that suddenly explodes his life. I envision him at a party or social event where he looks through a glass window and sees his girl laughing as she converses with some other guy. She is very engaged with this person and my interpretation is that he understands it's over for them. Every thing is going dark for him. A panic is overtaking him and a noise is growing inside his head. He can hear nothing else in the room. With the panic he quickly moves to the back of the room but the sound in his head is exploding. Things are now totally black thus the metaphor of a spaceship completely blocking out the whole sky. I also feel like this has happened before and he has confronted her but she always downplays it--"it was just a laugh". Like , what are you making such a big deal about it. But in this situation, it's just too obvious to him that it's over---"when you had enough of me"----sweet dark. I'm sure there are hundreds of interpretations but for me this works.
    Alvin56on August 08, 2016   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think the spaceship is a vinyl record… why else would it be called ‘Decks Dark’? Turntables! Reread the lyrics in this context and it has yet another meaning; as music fans, we all worship great music and kneel before its power. This is just as much about one’s intimate experience with music as it is imagining others experiencing their music, alternatively. He is both the alien ‘spacecraft’ and the ‘helpless to resist’. From this pov, it’s an ode to those who bury themselves in music, and allow it to take them away. You ‘cover your ears’ with headphones.. a face in the glass could easily be a bandmate in the studio, haha. I think the ‘alien’ thread running through the album is Thom consciously trying to flip around the ‘alienating’ label that is constantly pasted on him in a sardonic, satirical way; ‘Desert Island Disk’ does it even more literally—another reference to vinyl. The album is just a broad, beautifully maximalist stroke, which starkly contrasts the pure musicianship of say, ‘In Rainbows’. I hope it's not their farewell.
    maniacafrodisiacon May 21, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is clearly a song about depression. If you have been there you will recognise a lot of the feelings you have had in the 'darkest hour'
    Trepellafon July 14, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't stop wondering why Decks Dark and Subterranean Homesick Alien are both the third track on their albums and have references to aliens/spaceships.
    DarkrootOwlon July 24, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHow horrible it is when one realizes this is all we've got forever and ever without at least knowing why? Life...
    ConiSchon July 27, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it mentions the planet earth as the only landscape we'll ever know, humans are as dolls knowing that they'll never know what's the "meaning" of this life or what else to do... And believes "The Creator" makes this human existence a joke, till he has nothing else for us so "when you've had enough of me" he'd kill us ...?
    ConiSchon July 27, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAfter the news of the death of Rachel Owen, long time partner of Thom Yorke, the song reads like a very personal farewell after the news of her inevitable death. On the printed "lyrics" in the album box set, some alternative additional lyrics are included that are even more explicit. E.g. "You are terminal, and you are within me // You will get your reward in heaven" (see s3-eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/centaur-wp/creativereview/prod/content/uploads/2017/01/…)
    elmarjon January 05, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy did they stop playing this live
    radioheadsteron July 30, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Comment(a) generically, this song is very somber, as is the entire album (at least for the most part).
    (b) I don't think that the internet has reached a consensus on the true lyrics. I've seen several different sets of lyrics, so I don't know which ones are accurate. But fortunately, some key stanzas are consistent.
    (c) specifically, I think the first verse ("in your life, there come a darkness; there's a spacecraft blocking out the sky") is about an unexpected, unwelcome realization entering in one's life, and causing depression. This could be the result of different things to different people. Some may have experienced the loss of loved ones; some may have experienced aging; some may have experiences something else. The point is, all of a sudden, in one's life, life suddenly becomes real; one is suddenly presented with a burden that has, for the most part, not been a part of life until the present time. It's that moment of realization that is a rude awakening. Suddenly you might realize that you're alone. Suddenly you might realize that you're old. Suddenly you might realize that you're driving on a dead end street. That's the spacecraft blocking out the sky. Now how do you handle it? Many will try to ignore it and keep pressing on, as if the situation will heal itself, but ultimately, it keeps eating at you. That's the "you cover your ears, but it's the loudest sound you've ever heard" part.
    (d) the positive part of the story is verse 2. The lyrics are either "it was just a laugh" or "it was just a lie." Hopefully, this means that whatever was eating you in verse one, you were overthinking it. It was either a lie or a laughable situation, so you shouldn't have been thinking or feeling the way that you were. It doesn't have to conquer you. Instead, you can conquer it.
    Flinthearton September 01, 2017   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThen into your life, there comes a darkness
    There's a spacecraft blocking out the sky
    And there's nowhere to hide
    You run to the back and you cover your ears
    But it's the loudest sound you've ever heard
    And all we trapped rag doll cloth people
    We are helpless to resist
    Into our darkest hour

    But it was just a laugh, just a laugh
    Just a laugh, just a laugh
    Even at this angle
    And so we crumble
    A ten ton head, made of wet sand
    Oh this dread circumference
    You've gotta be kidding me
    The grass grows over me
    Your face in the glass, in the glass
    It was just a laugh, just a laugh
    It's whatever you say it is
    In split infinity

    Then into your life, there comes a darkness
    And a spacecraft blocking out the sky
    And there's nowhere to hide
    You run to the back and you cover your ears
    But it's the loudest sound you've ever heard
    Into your darkest hour

    When you've had enough of me
    When you've had enough of me
    Sweet times
    When you've had enough of me
    When you've had enough of me
    Sweet times
    Sweet times
    Sweet times
    Sweet times
    miklós139on September 14, 2017   Link

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