I won't run away no more, I promise
Even when I get bored, I promise
Even when you lock me out, I promise
I say my prayers every night, I promise

I don't wish that I'm spread, I promise
The tantrums and the chilling chats, I promise
Even when the ship is wrecked, I promise
Tie me to the rotten deck, I promise

I won't run away no more, I promise
Even when I get bored, I promise
Even when the ship is wrecked, I promise
Tie me to the rotten deck, I promise

I won't run away no more, I promise

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"I Promise" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song hits me very hard personally, to which I developed an interpretation.

    My mother is terminally ill, and I've been taking care of her since I was a child after my parents got divorced. Now that I've become an adult I feel like these are promises I want to, but am hesitant to make. With taking care of my mum comes with a feeling of being tied down, unable to go out and do things in my young adulthood, but every time I mention it to her, she gets very sad that she feels like she's a burden.

    Because of this I'm constantly stuck between fulfilling my own self interests and taking care of her. I sometimes "lock her out" to pursue happiness, but no matter what I do, she always forgives me and thanks me for being so kind and generous. She even apologizes herself for being such a trouble.

    Every one of these lines I feel that I need to say to her except for one: "Even when you lock me out, I promise". This line in particular does sort of contrast the rest of the promises, doesn't it? Someone who is promising to not run away is the one who is locking the other person out. Instead of the narrator worrying about the other party locking them out, I'd figure the other party would be more worried about the narrator locking them out. Because of this I say the line that says "Even when you lock me out, I promise" isn't being said by the narrator, but by the person whom the narrator is addressing.

    That's the way I'm looking at it anyway, thanks for taking the time to read if you did(:
    Piano the foxon July 09, 2017   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti dunno if it's about a break up like after a relationship's ended type break up. the song's not really as sad as that sort of thing is. i think it's more just about one of those little fights couples have. like just after an argument where she's mad at you cause of something stupid you said.
    bigidioton June 18, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree. I love this song. I love radiohead.
    frumstickon April 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis reminds me of someone who was unfaithful or flakey, but they are sorry and don't want the other person to leave.
    They are saying even when there are problems, they'll stay and won't go back to their old ways.
    I think the lines:
    "Even when the ship is wrecked, I promise
    Tie me to the rotten deck, I promise"
    are saying that even if the relationship is damaged beyond repair, they'll stay and "go down with the ship", in a sense.
    jawbreaker8996on November 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't find this song ANYWHERE! Is it hidden in one of their DVD's or something? I've looked at the details for all their albums and everything.. I can't find this anywhere!
    just_kickin_iton December 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is on the towering above the rest collection.
    teishapaigeon October 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song seems painfully obvious and direct and forward. it seems like a mockery towards all men who cheat or do things that are immoral (including politicians, doctors, and regular citizens) and try to regain the trust of the ones they wrong. it sounds to me like thom is calling these people all out.
    monticelloon March 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is about a protagonist ie: its you and me who is examining our own conscience and realising that we sometimes run away, avoid and distract themselves from what really matters. What really matters is the relationships we have not only with other people but with ourselves and beyond that the world around us. Its beautiful and an acknowledgment that we reinvent ourselves through mindfulness.
    22Pinkflamingoon June 24, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. You can place it in so many contexts. As a serious co-dependent relationship........or maybe........wait. I'm overthinking this.
    The line that keeps going through my mind is, "Even when shit gets old...I Promise!"....GDI!.....that's not it. That's me imprinting.
    The genius of this song is that it means something different to the writer than it does to the listener. And a different meaning to each listener.
    Ktoph1969on December 19, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was only played live during the OK computer period. So, no official recording. You can hear a bootleg at citizeninsane.eu though I don't know where you'll find an MP3.
    Wallamanageon March 10, 2008   Link

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