"Present Tense" as written by and Jonathan Greenwood Colin Greenwood....
This dance
This dance
It's like a weapon
It's like a weapon
Of self defense
Self defense
Against the present
Against the present
Present tense

I won't get heavy
Don't get heavy
Keep it light and
Keep it moving
I am doing
No harm
As my world
Comes crashing down
I'm dancing
Freaking out
Deaf, dumb, and blind

In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost

I won't turn around when the penny drops
I won't stop now
I won't slack off
Or all this love
Will be in vain

Stop from falling
Down a mine
It's no one's business but mine
That all this love
Has been in vain

In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost

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"Present Tense" as written by Jonathan Greenwood Colin Greenwood

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    My InterpretationA song about heartbreak, and trying to deal with it. The line about distance being a weapon of self defense rings especially true for me (and yes, I believe it's distance, not "this dance").

    In the end, the protagonist gives up and accepts that "in [her he's] lost", knowing that no matter how much he tries, he won't be able to avoid feeling down about his loss.
    FunkyTimon May 25, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI always thought Thom was singing "Distance" at the very beginning instead of "This dance"
    Arpeggi02on July 12, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationThe rhythm and lyrics of the first part remind me of brazilian carnival.
    The alienation of someone during the party, leaving behind all the problems, dancing, not carying about anything, at some point not even listening to the music (Deaf, dumb, and blind)
    One of the most beautiful songs I've ever listened.
    Prado79on December 06, 2016   Link

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