"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 CommentWalk a road crooked
    You can't make straight
    It's the price you gotta pay
    Do yourself a favour and pack your bags
    Buy a ticket and get on the train
    Buy a ticket and get on the train

    refers to to the idea that randomness and unexpected events are an unavoidable part of our universe...yet ironically humans constantly try to impose order on almost every event or thing in the universe. he makes a sarcastic reference to people who insist on imposing logical explanations to random events by suggesting that these people do themselves a favor and pretend to themselves that the path they are taking is actually straight (predictable).

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

    inequity, unfairness, injustice, etc. all are ever present themes in human existence, but many people (possibly most) try to explain this away by arguing that it is all part of a great and cohesiveness plan that will be revealed as expected and "right" sometime in the unknown future. a reference to the nature of some types of religious belief.

    You cannot kickstart 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

    many folks therefore try to argue for this hindsight predictability/order, but it is a vain effort, as no one can convincingly claim to know that an inherently unpredictable event was actually predictable if we just knew more. so just live in the moment, and be a human being to one another.

    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

    the title of the song is most likely a reference to the theory of the "black swan". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    he (the song author possibly?) is refering to himself as an example of a 'black swan'. its 'fucked up' possibly because it contradicts all previously assumed things about himself by other people -bias'- (thus he is a 'black swan'). Perhaps its the idea that you cant pigeon hole/stereotype/prejudice anyone, they may turn out to not be what you assumed they were all along. The song is probably about the black swan theory, but interpreted by the songwriter according to what it means to them.

    this would be my interpretation of the song, based on what i know.
    marcusrpon October 02, 2008   Link

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