"Black Swan" as written by and Thomas Edward Yorke....
What will grow crooked, you can't make straight
It's the price that you gotta pay
Do yourself a favor and pack you bags
Buy a ticket and get on the train
Buy a ticket and get on the train

Cause this is fucked up, fucked up
Cause this is fucked up, fucked up

People get crushed like biscuit crumbs
And laid down in the bitumen
You have tried your best to please everyone
But it just isn't happening
No, it just isn't happening

And it's fucked up, fucked up
And this is fucked up, fucked up
This your blind spot, blind spot
It should be obvious, but it's not.
But it isn't, but it isn't

You cannot kick start a dead horse
You just crush yourself and walk away
I don't care what the future holds
Cause I'm right here and I'm today
With your fingers you can touch me

I'm your black swan, black swan
But I made it to the top, made it to the top
This is fucked up, fucked up

You are fucked up, fucked up
This is fucked up, fucked up

Be your black swan, black swan
I'm for spare parts, broken up


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"Black Swan" as written by Ian Alexander Smith Brad Germain

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    General CommentI don't know Thom Yorke's family or professional background, but I think this is a more personal song than political. I think the political connections are kind of weak.

    Cause I'm right here and I'm today, With your fingers you can touch me; I'm your black swan, black swan; But I made it to the top, made it to the top

    Basically, it makes it seem as though someone has tried to talk him in to being someone he's not, and he's told them to get out of town, they're fucked up for criticizing or announcing their regret for giving him the ability to do what he's done, or telling him he should do different.

    He's the black swan that made it when someone thought he shouldn't. And they're beating a dead horse trying to get him to change. And they are fucked up for trying to make him change, they can be their own black swan if they're not happy where they've landed.
    indignationon December 15, 2006   Link

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