"You" as written by and Thomas Edward/o'brien Yorke....
You are the sun the moon and stars
Are you and I could never run away from you

You try at working out chaotic things
And why should I believe myself, not you

It's like the world is gonna end so soon
And why should I believe myself?

Yeah

You, me, and everything
Caught in the fire
I can see you drowning
Caught in the fire

You, me, and everything
Caught in the fire
I can see you drowning
Caught in the fire


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"You" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +4
    My Interpretationi think this song refers to people following others blindly. people are sheep in general and im many cases believe whatever someone they look up to says unconditionally... "why should i believe myself not you"... "its like the world is gonna end so soon and why should i believe myself"
    zpnx99on December 06, 2008   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningI think the song is written about the ee cummings poem 'Dive for Dreams'. There's a lot of overlap between the lyrics and the poem, namely the 'sun, moon, stars' metaphors. You can check the poem out at fandelem.com/….
    I think they're both speaking about losing yourself in love, or to the person you love. "Why should I believe myself, not you?" - because you know me better than I know myself, and subsequently, eec: "losing through you what seemed myself,i find selves unimaginably mine". Radiohead's 'drowning in the fire' is a reference to eec's "trust your heart if the seas catch fire". The poem talks about welcoming the future and dancing death away at your wedding...basically, the end's going to come, but right now I'm caught up in this love and I couldn't care about anything else. Nothing is forever, but right now it's great. So love now, while you can and when the end comes - bring it on. The song takes a more negative look at this, comparing getting so caught up in this love to 'drowning' in it. And lastly, Radiohead's 'you are the sun and moon and stars' is taken from eec's '--you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars'. That speaks for itself. This person has become absolutely everything to them.
    That's my take on the two, anyway. I don't find either of them to be creepy, though the song has a much sadder tone than the poem.
    CatMillenon March 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe live versions of this song are soo great, it's incredibly underrated because everyone seems to hate Pablo Honey by default (why??).. youtube.com/…

    there's also an acoustic version that is so so beautiful youtube.com/…

    and yeah, I'd say it's about obsession and blind faith, and how it's driven by fear
    l3naon March 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI don't know how you guys can tie this with a girl. A girl would hardly be working on chaotic things in a love song. This song is about Stephen Hawking whom Thom Yorke was obsessed with maybe due to the fact that he has a physical problem too. Stephen Hawking is the sun, moon and the stars. He works on chaotic things. And he preaches that the world is going to end soon. In this song, Thom mocks the authority that Hawking tries to gain by his theories.
    DreamKingyon April 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment(excuse me for my bad english) i really think this song is a person´s questioning toward the existence of god, got is supposed to be everything (the sun the moon and stars) but he feels skeptical in believing (and why should I believe myself?) so he just realizes his feel guilty for not believing in him in times of dispair (It's like the world is gonna end so soon) and his fear for hell is resembled in his last phrase (You, me, and everything
    caught in the fire
    I can see you drowning
    caught in the fire)
    kavrason August 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm not sure what the first comments meant, but i think this song has a feeling like 'every breath you take' by the police. when you first listen to it, it seems like a love song, but when you pay attention to the words, it's far from that. regardless, it's an amazing song.
    belle1313on April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm not sure what the first comments meant, but i think this song has a feeling like 'every breath you take' by the police. when you first listen to it, it seems like a love song, but when you pay attention to the words, it's far from that. regardless, it's an amazing song.
    belle1313on April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I can see you drowning
    caught in the fire "

    I kinda see like, a guy being in love with a girl and strangling her. you hear about all those homicide suicides...its like the guy is setting both of them on fire...he loves her so much and he doens't want to let her go.
    "You try but what could get out of things?
    and why should I believe myself?"
    He doesn't want to admit its over adn he won't let her end it so he kills them both. thats what i get out of it. its a good song none the less
    Sapphiredemonon June 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso..."every breath you take." this is a stalker song?
    ataraxia37on June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually yeah.... "Every Breath You Take" is a stalker song. I saw some interview with Sting and he was saying how everyone always tells him about how they play it at their weddings, and he's like... uhh, well you're weird then. On another note... this song rocks... =)~
    Jillian04on June 21, 2003   Link

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