"I Can't" as written by and Thomas Edward/o'brien Yorke....
Please forget the words that I just blurted out
It wasn't me, it was a strange and creeping doubt
It keeps rattling my cage
There's nothing in this world will keep it down

Even though I might, even though I try
I can't

Even though I might, even though I try
I can't

So many things that keep, keep me underground
So many words that I, that I can never find

If you give up on me now,
I'll be gutted like I've never been before

Even though I might, even though I try
I can't

Even though I might, even though I try
I can't

If you give up on me now,
I'll be gutted like I've never been before

Even though I might, even though I try
I can't

Even though I might, even though I try
I can't

Even though I might, even though I try
I can't

Even though I might, even though I try
I can't


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"I Can't" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +2
    General Commentit sounds like it's an answer to prove yourself - the title at least - like, it goes 'prove yourself', and then there's an answer with 'i can't'
    that's how i see it anyway, it seems to fit, especially when thom sings 'Please forget the words that I just blurted out
    It wasn't me, it was a strange and creepy doubt - he could be referring to the previous song here.
    N/U/T/T/Y/?on January 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst off: the OFFICIAL lyrics are as follows:

    Please forget the words that I just blurted out
    It wasn't me, it was my strange and creeping doubt

    It keeps rattling my cage
    And there's nothing in this world will keep it down

    Even though I might, even thought I try, I can't
    Even though I might, even thought I try, I can't

    So many things that keep,  that keep me underground
    So many words that I, that I can never find

    If you give up on me now I'll be gutted like I've never been before

    And even though I might, even thought I try, I can't
    Even though I might, even thought I try, I can't

    If you give up on me now I'll be gutted like I've never been before

    And even though I might, even thought I try, I can't
    Even though I might, even thought I try, I can't
    Even though I might, even thought I try, I can't
    Even though I might, even thought I try, I can't
    jhienklesonon March 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a guy who just blamed (or insinuated that) his woman for something that she didn't do.
    So he asks her to forget he said that, because he couldn't help himself since many such doubts about her integrity are in his head, bothering him.

    Lines 3-4 and the chorus are him saying that there is no way for him to ignore these doubts.
    The next verse says that there are lots of doubts that keep him from enjoying and trusting her; and that he can never find the words to say what he truly means.

    And obviously, he loves this woman more than any he has ever known before - so if she leaves him now, he'll be devastated like never before.
    jhienklesonon March 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe intro to this song has to be the best in the world. It sounds just amazing, a simple riff on the guitar which blows you away. WARNING: Will get stuck in your head for hours. Oh, and by the way Geeballs14, there is actually a bass guitar playing whilst it starts to end.
    fade_out_againon July 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love the way this song almost dies out about two-thirds through. Every time I listen to it I have the bass and feedback combination, as it builds back up, stuck in my head for days. Radiohead really put their triple-guitar attack to good work on these earlier songs.
    BuzzingFridgeon June 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments on this song? I think it's fairly simple: I made a mistake. I'm sorry. I wish I could fix it. It's out of my hands / It's too late to fix.
    Vacheon July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a simple song about feeling useless and stuck, like you can't do anything to change who or where you are. Its about lacking self-confidence.
    iamaweirdoon April 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCheck out Christopher O Riley's piano version of this song... he really takes it to a whole new level.
    ReActoron December 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman why are there so many lyric mistakes on Pablo Honey songs...
    Morviton February 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe inlay in Pablo Honey does not contain any lyrics. That's why the lyrics are disputed so often. Also does no one think this is a truly amazing song? I mean the music is just wonderful. I love the bit where it starts to end and then there's this one guitar playing a few slow notes and then the drums come back and before you know it the whole band's back in swing.

    Lovely
    Geeballs14on June 28, 2005   Link

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