Killer cars
Cars
Killer cars

Too hard on the brakes again
What if these brakes just give in?
What if they don't get out of the way?
What if there's someone overtaking?
I'm going out for a little drive
And it could be the last time you see me alive
There could be an idiot on the road
The only kick in life is pumping his steel

Wrap me up in the back of the trunk
Packed with foam and blind drunk
They won't ever take me alive
'Cause they all drive

Don't die on the motorway
The moon would freeze, the plants would die
I couldn't cope if you crashed today
All the things I forgot to say
I'm going out for a little drive
And it could be the last time you see me alive
What if the car loses control?
What if there's someone overtaking?

Wrap me up in the back of the trunk
Packed with foam and blind drunk
They won't ever take me alive
'Cause they all drive

Killer cars

Wrap me up in the back of the trunk
Packed with foam and blind drunk
No, they won't ever take me alive
'Cause they all drive

Killer cars

They all drive
Killer cars
They all drive
Killer cars

Oh, killer cars
Oh, killer
Killer
Killer cars
Cars
Killer cars
Killer cars
Ah, killer cars
Killer cars
Killer cars


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  • +4
    General Comment

    after hearing this song i think about 2 things: 1) i didn't wanna drve my car anymore 2) makes me wanna say "i fuckin' love you" everytime i say goodbye .....

    special.kon February 08, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I wish this had made it onto one of the labums one of the best Radiohead songs IMO

    kid Aon March 15, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Is it possible to state your message without being confrontational?

    Yes. Thom is a little wary of cars, as we all should be. He's said something along the lines of "We're just riding on those things, you know. We're not in control of them."

    For myself it brings to mind a fear of the way we live our lives, trusting in things that just carry us along without thinking about how we got from point A to point B. We do a lot of things without thinking.

    We go to the ATM and expect this box to spit money into our hands because that's just what it does. Hop on the train, and it goes. Press this button, the box turns on and shows us images. That sort of thing. No one stops to think that what you're looking at is tons and tons of tiny points of red, green, and blue light. You're sitting there staring at a box, but if you catch yourself you'll notice that when you're absorbed in what you're watching it's almost like you ignore your peripheral vision. All you see is what's in front of you.

    Sorry. That got long-winded. Oh well.

    shoepandaon August 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I think this song is literally just about a fear of cars -- Thom Yorke has said in interviews that he hates them and is never quite sure he is controlling the car completely when he is driving, or something to that effect.

    Cherub Rockon May 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    It's not a metaphor for death or anything stupid like that. It's about Thom's fear of cars, what else would it be about? Do you all really think every single Radiohead lyric is some kind of metaphor for something?

    Spannerheadsharkon August 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is about the fear of dying any moment before telling someone how you really feel about them. It's also about the fear of death and how the singer plans to fight it when it approaches.

    ajteleckyon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I love the faster version of this song, it certainly shows where Coldplay and Travis may have got some inspiration from : )

    debaser2002on August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    this song is about the fear of the demise of an unfinished life. it proves how one day, totally unexpected, something could happen that might alter your life forever, and you might not the option or the time to make things in your life right. dying is scary, but leaving unfinished business or unsaid words behind you is worse.

    ACertainTragedyon May 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The accoustic version is awe-inspiring; the passion in Thom's voice as he talks about "all the things I forgot to say" truly haunting.

    I think the theme of 'Killer Cars' is the typical Yorke method of using a specific to talk about a general- i.e. talking off death by a car crash is a metaphor for sudden death as a whole.

    Download the accoustic version and compare it to the original mix; the accoustic seems more passionate to me.

    boss_2kon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Is it possible to state your message without being confrontational?

    Yes. Thom is a little wary of cars, as we all should be. He's said something along the lines of "We're just riding on those things, you know. We're not in control of them."

    For myself it brings to mind a fear of the way we live our lives, trusting in things that just carry us along without thinking about how we got from point A to point B. We do a lot of things without thinking.

    We go to the ATM and expect this box to spit money into our hands because that's just what it does. Hop on the train, and it goes. Press this button, the box turns on and shows us images. That sort of thing. No one stops to think that what you're looking at is tons and tons of tiny points of red, green, and blue light. You're sitting there staring at a box, but if you catch yourself you'll notice that when you're absorbed in what you're watching it's almost like you ignore your peripheral vision. All you see is what's in front of you.

    Sorry. That got long-winded. Oh well.

    shoepandaon August 30, 2005   Link

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