You bit me, bit me, bit me, ow
You bit me, bit me, now I want more

Standing in the hall
Kicking out the wall
Its all been sent to recover hell
The bangers and the mash
The negatives for cash
You're either in the club, baby, or you're not

Whatever turns you on
Whatever gets you off
Chief of police or vice-chancellor
Lord and lady, blah blah
The vicar or the judge
You are dancing to my little red book

Because you bit me, bit me, bit me, ow
I got the poison, poison, and I want more

If you are on top
Then it is a long drop
The pyramid is power
We're changing the hour
If you are on the top
Then it is a long drop
If you stare into the dark
The black will stare back
Back into your soul

The cheque came through
The cheque came through
The cheque, cheque, cheque

The cheque came through
The cheque came through
The cheque, cheque, cheque
The cheque came through

I'm taking you down
I'm taking you down
I'm taking you down
When I go down
I'm taking you down
I'm taking you down
I'm standing in the hall
I'm kicking at the wall

Because you bit me, bit me, bit me, ow
Poison, I got the poison, I got the poison now
I got the poison

Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death, edited by Paymaan

Bangers + Mash Lyrics as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +2
    General CommentFranky I agree with most of your changes but would radiohead really say "nigger"
    topgonon December 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRdeC is right, it's about nightlife relationships for/cause of political power. John Prescott is now referred as Lord Prescott, maybe the meaning behind "Lord and lady, blah blah".

    and eatenbytheworms, dancing to my little red book means (pretending) to enjoy his songs (without understanding). As "Red book" refers to CD standard of audio disks.
    ashvsmeon April 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDrugs?! I think you're way off with that.

    Here's a clue: On the second night at Blackpool, Thom Yorke said this was about "getting caught with your pants down", particularly polticians - referring to John Prescott and his affair with a secretary at the time.
    RdeCon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree that it is referecing government and statewide corruption. Again, Radiohead's views on the state and those in current power is always described in this fashion. The very first song on this album is of a similar thread.

    The poison is that taste, and once people get a taste for that power, it corrupts. The little red book is a refernce to Red Book of Mao's Communist regiem as stated by steinbeckthepearl. THerefore, everyone is dancing to the words of the ruler. The ruler who is atop the pyramid, and will be taken down eventually. The whole system will crumble due to individual accountability. Again, "similar to down is the new up".
    jocularjoshon January 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm gonna have to say thats one of the most absurd interpretations I've ever heard.
    Just because the song is sexy, doesn't mean its about sex.
    I feel like Radiohead is definitely above the level of writing about such paltry and simple subjects.
    but, to each their own.

    at least, its not about thom having sex.

    It can be taken to mean that power these days is derived from who you're sleeping with, or by being 'in' with whoever is 'sexy' at the right time. Sex is money. Money is power. Power is sexy.

    Zergonaleashon January 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIndeed I think it's just about "whatever gets you up", things like power, pleasure, pecunia, that once you've tasted it, you just want more, it's like a poison. And that everyone is able to succumb to these 'drugs'.

    Also about the title, I think it's what gets Thom Yorke (or some other band member) up! Maybe they all just go crazy about Bangers and Mash!
    Jin91on June 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome live
    whapcapnon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song seems to be referring to drinking or some other harmful addiction. he keeps repeating "ive got the poison" over and over
    ilovealkalineon June 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, an 8 ball is an eighth of coke. its just not like radiohead to sing about drug addiction...its too easy. and as far as i know, theyre a clean band...and people who arent addicts arent likely to start singing about drug addiction.
    Drewb18c1on June 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti might be wrong but i think one part where he says pyramid is power, might be refering to the illumati symbol, the all seeing eye thing, elite government in other words, song may have something meaning along them lines
    Mavon June 29, 2006   Link

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