"Creep" as written by and Albert/hazlewood Hammond....
When you were here before
Couldn't look you in the eye
You're just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry

You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
And I wish I was special
You're so fuckin' special

But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here

I don't care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul

I want you to notice
When I'm not around
You're so fuckin' special
I wish I was special

But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here

She's running out again,
She's running out
She's run run run run

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You're so fuckin' special
I wish I was special

But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo,
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here
I don't belong here


Lyrics submitted by piesupreme, edited by Radiohead123

"Creep" as written by Albert/hazlewood Hammond

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  • +28
    General CommentDoesn't it seem to apply to anyone who aches for someone they deem out of their league? All of the self deprecation and feelings of not being worthy are something to which most of us can relate. Isn't it funny how later we wonder what the hell we were thinking about the person? Emotions, what a ride!
    katyanaon January 15, 2002   Link
  • +11
    My InterpretationSaddest song ever to be able to relate to. Saving all the details, to me this is just about losing someone to time. One day everything is fine and you wouldn't change anything for the world. At some point down the road, though, everything changes. You realize you're at the bottom of a long downward slope. Things deteriorated over such a long period of time, that you suddenly look around and don't know where you are anymore. She doesn't see you anymore, she doesn't come around, and when you're not there she doesn't miss you like she did before. You find that you care so much more about them, than they do about you, that it's no longer just longing, or being out of your league, it just becomes sad to watch. You become a creep, a wierdo, to them, and you don't know how you got there, because for you, nothing changed. She didn't used to think you were a creep, and you haven't changed, and neither has the amount you care about her, but suddenly because she's changed, YOU'RE the creep. But there is no changing it, it's not a choice. But, you know, not me. I can't relate to this at all...
    ME68on May 13, 2012   Link
  • +10
    General CommentThis song is about me. : (
    OwnPersonalDemonon January 11, 2002   Link
  • +8
    General CommentThis song is a perfect portrayal of what had happened to me about two years ago when I had fallen deeply in love with this girl, then thinking I was friends with her, her friend told me she thought I was a creep, and she began avoiding me, even though I had never thought about her that way....kinda sad, actually.
    stubacca100on January 18, 2002   Link
  • +8
    Song MeaningThis song is about feelings of discontent with who you are as a person, and struggling to find your identity. The song chimes "I don't belong here" and "I'm a creep", which speak to the idea that the subject is having trouble dealing with the social environment they are in, making them feel like a creep. The story told about someone who is "So fucking special", and "just like an angel", isn't just a reference to feelings of unrequited love, and/or the pains of not always being able to have what you want. However, it is an allegory for how the subject sees everyone in the world as more special than himself, and sees that they all have places to fit into, which he cannot seem to find for himself. The subject wants to be like these people that he sees around him in society and as a result lists off his wants, ultimately realizing that basically he just wishes he had a place just as everyone around him seems to.
    thebirdieon July 17, 2011   Link
  • +6
    Song MeaningI think it's about someone who's in love, who's either just been rejected (unrequited love), or absolutely sure that the girl doesn't love her back (insecure maybe).
    It's a song about being desperately in love, whilst being absolutely sure the girl doesn't love you.

    The recurring sentences are:

    "I wish I was special
    You're so fucking special"

    "But I'm a creep
    I'm a weirdo
    What the hell am I doing here?
    I don't belong here"

    (for the next interpretation I'll assume he's not been rejected, but just thinks he would be)

    In the first part it's about how he's sure that he'll be rejected because he's not special, or he wants to be special so she might love him, because why would a girl so fucking special want someone who isnt even the slightest special? In any case his 'specialness' is nothing compared to the girl, who is like an angel.

    Who the hell is he for even thinking he could even be with her? She's so fucking special and he's not. This is why he thinks he's just a creep and weirdo. It's portraying a feeling of self-loath, low self esteem.
    She could never love him; why the hell does he even try? What the hell is he doing here, he doesn't belong in this game of love with her. He wants to get rid of this feeling of love, since it's not gonna happen anyways.

    My opinion anyways. How I interpretated it. As for the verses:

    The first verse is mainly about how he fell in love, to show how much he loves the girl.
    A tribute to the girl, since whatever the case, even though he 'knows' he could never be with the girl, he loves her with all his heart.

    As for the third verse (I don't care if it hurts); he wants to have:

    Control over his mind, his heart, his feelings. So he could get over this agonizing insecurity, this feeling of hopelessness, or control so he could do better with her.
    A perfect body and soul in the hope that that could make her love him, he's insecure and loathes all of his imperfections, he just wants to be perfect.

    He wants the girl to notice when he's not around how much he loves her. Just to notice everything he feels, everything that is keeping him busy.

    As for the running part, I think he's picturing the girl rejecting him, getting scared by him or the situation, and running away from his confession of love.

    Either that, or the last 3 verses are about the rejection:
    He confesses his love
    The girl is shocked and can't answer, is scared, afraid, and runs away.
    He still loves her, still feels the same, but again, what is he doing here, loving this girl, confessing his love, playing this one-sided game of love.

    He doesn't belong there, he just wants to get away from it all.

    Thanks for reading, love the song. Don't hate me for it btw, but I prefer honey mustards cover. The running part was never my fave, and I love how he emphasises the third verse:
    "I want me one of those,
    Brand new perfect souls"
    <3

    Jin over and out.
    Jin91on May 13, 2010   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationThis is a really dark song - very dark indeed.

    To me, it seems the song is fairly simple to read out. It's dealing with unrequited affection, either through rejection or just not noticing they exist.

    Of course, everyone's going to take a dig at me, but I'm there with the song. Awkward teenage nerd, pretty, popular cheerleader, big crush not noticed, I think most of us have been there, done that, at some point in our lives.

    There's a lot of frustration - to the point of anger and depression - when she doesn't acknowledge or rejects him, but he's still attracted to her. All you have to do is read the verses of the song.

    First verse:
    He's so shy, he can't look at her when she's nearby
    He thinks he's beautiful, maybe even a dreamlike vision of her

    He's watching her and her friends from afar because he realizes he's not in the same social caste as she is

    The chorus shows his lack of self esteem.

    The second verse, it sounds like he's acting out with self mutilation and considering suicide

    The third verse may be just before he commits suicide, maybe in front of her and she's trying to run away from him. He might have even stalked her once (the 'again' part of the verse).

    Like I said at the beginning, I really believe this is simply a very dark song about unrequited affection.
    fattywalton March 20, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is amazingly accurate for how I have felt for the past two years. I feel like a loser for admitting to being stumped over a girl for two years. Two years ago, when I was in 9th grade I met this girl, she was beautiful. An epitome of perfection, she was generous and had an amazing personality. But me, being a recluse when it comes to talking to women I like,sat idly by. We became friends later that year, but nothing heavy, we would just make small talk. It really damaged me, to see her socializing with hundreds of people, everyone knew her in school. When school let out that year, I knew she was the most selfless, prettiest girl I had ever seen...And here I am two years later. Were both going to be juniors this year and this summer, Not seeing her in so long, I feel broken. To make things worse, she is dating one of my best friends. And just recently, I realized I will never be able to muster up the courage to tell her how much I love her. And today when I listened to this song for the millionth time, I literally started crying. To feel so passionate about someone, who looks at you like an object, just one out of a million others. This song beautifully illustrates my frustration and melancholy. Radio Head is an amazing band.
    gurr57on July 24, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI adore this song but I confess to having a little blurb to share with y'all...for ages I thought that yer man Thom was singing "I'm a creep, I'm a window!" instead of the actual "I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo" lyric! Yep, me silly :P
    slave2discoon February 02, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat I meant about "thinking about her that way" was in a lusty manner. Love often contains NO LUST, NO LUST AT ALL.
    stubacca100on January 18, 2002   Link

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