I will
Lay me down
In a bunker

I won't let this happen
To my children
Meet the real-world coming
Out of your shell

With white elephants
Sitting ducks
I will
Rise up

Little baby's eyes
Eyes, eyes, eyes
Little baby's eyes
Eyes, eyes, eyes

Little baby's eyes

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I Will Lyrics as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +4
    Song MeaningThis song is about a bunker that was destroyed during the first Gulf War that ended up being a bomb shelter full of women and children.
    From Thom:

    "You said it’s the angriest thing you’ve ever written." Thom: "Yes. Well yeah, I guess it is. I mean… It’s quite simple really, I had an extremely unhealthy obsession, that ran through the ‘Kid A’ thing, about the first Gulf War. When they started it up they did that lovely thing of putting the camera on the end of the missile, and you got to see the wonders of modern military technology blow up this bunker. And then sometime afterwards in the back pages it was announced, that that bunker was not full of weapons at all, but women and children. And it was actually a bomb shelter. And so everybody… we all got to witness the wonders of modern technology. And it ran through so much stuff for so long for me. I just could not get it out of my head. It was so sick. And so that’s where the anger comes from. We did the most dreadful version of it. It was all that programmed… just a disaster. But interestingly something good came out, because we turned the tape over and it became ‘Spinning Plates’." (XFM, spring 2003)
    stupidguyon April 05, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song in meeting people is easy (it was just the harmony part at the end of the song) the notes were so perfect and so desperate...and i thought to myself "this is the most beautiful melody i have ever heard". now that i have heard the entire song and melody that goes with the harmony...it just really tears at my heart.

    what i think this song means:
    the above comment about it being about war may very well be true. thom is very political and it seems to make perfect sence. however, when i think about the lyrics, i saw something different. the part at the end "little babies' eyes" reminded me that thom just had a child, and maybe this song is a sort of lullabye for his child. he doesnt want what happened to him to happen to his children...white elephants might have something to do with republicans.. (in my version of the song, he sings "with white elephants/ sitting ducks/ i will/ rise up") so im gonna put two ideas together.. maybe this song is about protecting your children from war. or about thom wanting to protect his child from war.

    i hope you folks could follow my thoughts...im a bit scatterbrained.
    saturnineon April 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaven, you most likely got "Like Spinning Plates" which, insturmentally, IS this song being played backwards. The first few lines of which are sung backwards, too.
    I Am Not Amusedon April 01, 2003   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI've always felt that white elephants could refer to the republican party. I know this sounds kind of crazy considering the fact they are english. But the title of the album "Hail to the Theif" was inspired by the theories that George Bush "stole" the election. I don't believe the title to actually be about Bush himself, but about dictators like the one he is accused of being.
    dragonmurdereron February 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok..
    i played the song backwards, and I can make out some words, but not the same as the ones posted above...
    I wonder if I'm listening to a different song here...
    Havenon August 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti downloaded the songs so im sure they are right...i dont know what you got
    rubenon August 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbelieve it or not, i think this song is about war. "lay me down/ in a bunker/underground" = what soldiers/civilians do during war. "i won't let this happen to my childen / and / little babies' eyes" reflect the effect war can have on the youth...i'm sure the song is most likely about something else, but this is just my little interpretation..

    side note: the way thom sings "little babies' eyes" along with the background vocals has got to be one of the most beautiful parts on the CD
    PiiMPDADiion April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautifully put, saturnine
    PiiMPDADiion April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think white elephant is like a white elephant sale, where you donate something you dont need or dont want anymore for a cause and then somebody buys it at auction and the proceeds go to charity. but before that he says meet the real world coming out of my shell. maybe a metaphor for absurd self sacrifice and the struggles of fatherhood. a good compliment to there there?i dunno
    UnemployedDaysleepeon June 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think saturnine is right. Thom said in the NME that this is kind of a scary song about a guy who will do anything, including commit murder, to protect his family. Whether or not Thom is approving or disapproving of this idea is not clear.

    "What would I do to protect my family?" is a question a lot of people find hard to answer, and I think Thom isn't really trying to answer it in this song, but instead to convey the feeling of being absolutely sure.
    ReActoron June 07, 2003   Link

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