Something for the rag and bone man
Over my dead body
Something big is gonna happen
Over my dead body

Someone's son or someone's daughter
Over my dead body
This is how I end up sucked in
Over my dead body

I'm gonna go to sleep
Let this wash all over me

We don't really want a monster taking over
Tiptoe around, tie him down
We don't want the loonies taking over
Tiptoe around, tie them down

May pretty horses
Come to you
As you sleep
I'm gonna go to sleep
And let this wash all over me

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"Go to Sleep" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

Lyrics © WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC INC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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Go to Sleep. (Little Man Being Erased.) song meanings
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  • +4
    General Commentalmost every song thay've ever written gets better and better even after hundreds of listens!
    derykon December 07, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about feeling powerless. Note all the quotes in the song. It is someone repeating mantras of sanity over and over "we don't really want a monster taking over" "over my dead body" and yet that's exactly what happened. This stuff was written back in the buildup to war, when there where marches in the streets and people shouting, all of which didn't do a damn thing. Thom Yorke (who was very much involved in that shouting) is writing about how powerless it made him and all of us feel to know that there was not a damn thing you could do to stop it, even though he knew how crazy it was. The urge to go to sleep is not just the goverments' desire to make you forget, but also your own, to avoid the guilt of letting this happen. I think the "tiptoe around, tie him down" thing is about the realization that the sort of peacenik thinking that we had become accustomed to, the leaders actually paying attention to the populace, isn't going to work with these people. Radiohead have actually said in interviews that this album isn't about the war or Bush and Blair but about how powerless they felt in the whole mess, so I think this is justified.
    jadyon July 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHoly crap! This site has really opened my eyes. I never knew Radiohead were so politically motivated. Bush is the monster! America is the wolf at the door! Bush is the paranoid android! Bush eats mouse heads!
    Its all so clear now!
    sm3llyc4ton April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere is this watchdog gaurding everything, making sure nothing goes wrong and the "loonies" don't take over. Like every living creature, the watchdog has to eventually rest and go to sleep. When this happens, all the evil men in the world walk around the dog and tie him down (kind of like Gullivers Travels.)

    Kind of like the media.
    timothyrealon October 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentand if you did more reading you'll see that the agenda of the far left is just as idiotic and scary as the agenda of the far right, at least to someone who values their individual liberties and freedoms.

    You're best off just dropping the whole left/right, liberal/conservative bush is bad crap. It is just a tool to distract the populace. Ron Paul is a republican and he is 10x more of a man than anyone on Air America, Ted "I drowned my girlfriend and ran away" kennedy, the crony appointees of the United Nothing, or the globalist, owl worshipping neo cons. Wake up and learn about communitarianism and what the globalists have in store for us.

    And you wonder why Thom has such a pessimistic attitude?
    Nonlinear314on July 12, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOverminded body
    Let him go to the animals
    Overminded body
    The animals cannot see the music
    Coming from the sea
    Overminded body
    Jigsaw? Ha!
    So sleeve is not small
    Jigsaw falling into the place
    RIverXon August 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song to me is about the powerful tense meaning we put on the political word of "war". This song (LIttle Man Being Erased) is about the soldiers we send and why we justify their death by the promises of "Something big is gonna happen" thanks to their efforts. We will convince ourselves to fight for what we believe in "Over my dead Body." We'll put those who disagree with us down at any cost "We don't want the loonies taking over." This is about what we are taught to believe in and just don't worry or question it. Only please for the love of God please (Go To Sleep)!
    trevino8on August 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe it was in a Chuck Klosterman interview with Radiohead that I read Thom Yorke puts lyrics into songs just because he likes how the words sound. Way too much can be read into his lyrics. It's a pretty song.
    jeromelafantomeon November 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI interpret this song as centering on political consciousness, with sleep being akin to a state of lack of awareness, political unconsciousness. "Something for the rag and bone man", policies that dissuage the suffering of lower socioeconomic groups, the government replies "over my dead body". "We don't want the loonies taking over" we don't want fringe political groups having a say, informing political decisions etc, silence them "tip toe round, tie them down".
    Dressed2Depresson May 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI interpret this song as an answer to that goddamn spooky image on google that says 'go to sleep'. OH GOD.

    The monster that waits for you to go to sleep so it can sneak up on you unhindered and savage you. Basically being afraid to go to sleep because you're afraid of what will happen when you sleep, be it ridiculous nightmare monsters sneaking up on you or realistic, really awfully bad political changes that make the world an absolute nightmare to live in, like 1984 or something.

    There's also the thought that when it comes to the world, so many people are asleep to these kind of real dangers. The cheese fell off their crackers a long time ago. If you're aware, its even harder to sleep and relax thinking about the threats to our peaceful lives, because you might be one of the only ones on watch.

    Then, sleep is so comforting. Its just a better world. So if the monster comes along and makes sure you never wake up, who gives a shit? You're at peace forever. Some prefer to have peace. Some prefer to fight. This song looks at both.

    By the way, never search 'Go To Sleep' on Google Images. You won't sleep for a while.
    WillAndWindon May 20, 2012   Link

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