Same ideas expressed in Fitter, Happier are expressed in this song. We're told to strive for some sort of ideal life, which includes getting a good job, being kind to everyone, finding a partner, getting married, having a couple kids, living in a quiet neighborhood in a nice big house, etc. But in Fitter, Happier the narrator(?) realizes that it's incredibly robotic to live this life. People are being used by those in power "like a pig in a cage on antibiotics"--being pacified with things like new phones and cool gadgets and houses while being sucked dry. On No Surprises, the narrator is realizing how this life is killing him slowly. In the video, his helmet is slowly filling up with water, drowning him. But he's so complacent with it. This is a good summary of the song. This boring, "perfect" life foisted upon us by some higher powers (not spiritual, but political, economic, etc. politicians and businessmen, perhaps) is not the way to live. But there is seemingly no way out but death. He'd rather die peacefully right now than live in this cage. While our lives are often shielded, we're in our own protective bubbles, or protective helmets like the one Thom wears, if we look a little harder we can see all the corruption, lies, manipulation, etc. that is going on in the world, often run by huge yet nearly invisible organizations, corporations, and 'leaders'. It's a very hopeless song because it reflects real life.
sometimes i wonder where's your fire. is it true? did it get lost in the confider? you settle for anything. settle for everything. now you're choking on your revolution and that's ok with me. it seems you're content with going nowhere. brought the look. by the book you're going nowhere. i guess you just weren't ready. i guess you're just worn down. so who you following now go getter, trend setter. who you gonna be? it's so easy when it's all laid out to you. it's been done and it's been seen. what's left for you to do? you'll do anything to pull yourself out of the rut that you've carved, but when the time comes that you're left all alone, it's then you'll know.
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