Drift all you like
From ocean to ocean
Search the whole world
But drunken confessions
And hijacked affairs
Will just make you more alone

When you come home
I'll bake you a cake
Made of all their eyes
I wish you could see me
Dressed for the kill
You're my man of war

You're my man of war

And the worms will come for you
Big Boots
Yeah, yeah, yeah

So unplug the phones
Stop all the taps
It all comes flooding back
From poisoned clouds
To poisoned dwarf
You're my man of war

You're my man of war

And the worms will come for you
Big Boots
Yeah the worms will come for you
Big Boots
For you
Big Boots

Lyrics submitted by kenna15, edited by TheKidA

Man Of War Lyrics as written by Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI believe the lyrics aren't to be taken too literal. Also, when you compare the lyrics with the music video, it's pretty obvious that it's about the paranoia one might feel when dealing with anxiety. The man in the video seems to have social anxiety since he feels judged while no one is actually paying attention to him at all. The video during the day is his outer appearance and how he wants to appear unaffected, but the parts during night time are his inner thoughts. Towards the end day and night are starting to blend together and he just can't escape the anxiety and judgment he feels when surrounded by other people.

    The ''The worms will come for you, big boots'' is interesting, because it's usually the other way around isn't it? The worms don't come for your boots, we are the ones who will probably crush the worms under our boots. So perhaps it's talking about an irrational fear?

    This is my interpretation of the lyrics combined with the music video.
    joy-ann101on June 29, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe Thom is talking about someone he is angry with...someone who drifted in and out of his life...possibly a father figure...hence the term big boots. Thom is reminding him that he too is mortal...the worms will come for his body too when he is dead and buried. Another brilliant song by Radiohead.
    #1radioheadfanon July 30, 2017   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe Thom is speaking about someone who he is angry with...a person who drifted in and out of his life...possibly a father figure..,hence the name big boots. Thom reminds the individual that he is mortal. The worms will come for his body when he is dead and buried.
    #1radioheadfanon July 30, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was played on the 7th of August 2002 in Salamanca, Spain. The best quality bootleg of it available is now the one from that show.
    ikarion August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoaw, 2002? those were the only reviews on this song. Damn! this is one of the greatest RH songs ever to not be released (too bad). It was to be featured on the old Avengers soundtrack, but never made it cuz RAdiohead were too jaded by its incompletion, just watch "Meeting People is Easy" movie. Honestly, I could careless what RH's songs mean cuz they're just too beautiful to sit there and decipher, I'd rather just swim in the harmony of the band's music and Thom's voice. But yeah, umm to the guys above my comment go to, (s93609871.onlinehome.us/tired/…) they have the ripped version straight from the MPiE movie. It's beautiful.
    relephoraon May 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHis is one of those song's... It's what Radiohead are about. Fuckin beautiful..
    theresnoreston January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat the hell?!?!?! WHY AREN\'T THERE MORE COMMENTS??

    this is one of my favourite radiohead songs ... of all time.. seriously... i agree with theresnorest... AHHHH!!!

    i always though it could be a message from thom\'s girlfriend to thom whilst he is away on a tour. it sort of makes sense!

    \"you\'re my man-o-war\" = thom!
    \"i will bake you a cake\" = beckoning him back to domestic life
    \"drift all you like, from ocean to ocean... just make you more alone\" = awww.. thommy needs his girlfriend!

    it sort of sounds like a warning to me, too.. kind of eerie...
    pollyethyleneon April 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, it's probably one of my favourite Radiohead songs, along with Big Ideas (Don't Get Any) of all time.. if not of the unreleased songs. I am glad it has never been released because that would take the edge off the song. If everyone liked it my world would be that much less private.. that much shitter.
    theresnoreston July 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI got a great version that also says "what a nasty surprise" in the lyrics. this song is great and u can relate it directly to war or just life in general. -the thing is that there both hopeless. The 1st verse pretty much tells u to try all u want, but in the end u are wasting ur time, which would make u more alone- as in ur in a worse place after uve tried to gain happiness, then u were b4 u even tried at all, obviously due to dissapointment for something that thom might thing is impossible to achieve.

    what a nasty surprise is the realization of the hopelessness
    qozon August 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a sequel to their song "Morning Bell". It's in the aftermath of the divorce that was begged for in that song.
    Anand Maniaron December 16, 2005   Link

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