"Oily Water" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
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Oily Water song meanings
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    General CommentI think it's the feeling of being delirious from lack of sleep. You start to say stupid shit and you don't quite know what's going on. Or oily water could mean alcohol (?) and it's affecting his motor skills (slipping down his spine?), and also feelings of paranoia that result from consumption. Just a guess.
    Umup0on March 27, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite song on modrn life is rubbish, the chorus part is so cool, and trippy and at the end, they drag it on for just the right amount of time that you don't get sick of it, but when it's over you don't feel like it should've been longer. it's simply perfect
    kijimaon April 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome, but I have no meaning for it. Sometimes I don't care about lyrics.
    Celtic_FCon August 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a hypochondriac. Seems like he's mocking someone who always thinks there's something wrong with them for nonensible reasons that are laughable at best ("I swallowed too much oily water, now it's slipping down my spine."). The music is pretty "out there", and almost has a paranoid vibe to it, especially at the end with the noise over and over.

    It could also just be about someone in a paranoid state of mind within a dream... or it could be someone having a problem telling the difference between dreams and reality. The lyrics are pretty abstract; it's hard to pinpoint its meaning...

    I love this song though. Radiohead probably wishes they came up with this one for The Bends or something.
    user918on April 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes sense to me when I'm lying in my bed awake at 4am in the morning wondering why I'm awake, what my purpose in life is and who on earth I am. The reason Radiohead couldn't come up with this sort of thing has plenty to do with Blur being musically and lyrically simpler, but equally as brilliant. A bill with Radiohead and Blur as double headline acts would be great viewing.
    DaveyLowellon October 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Umup0on with the "lack of sleep" meaning, also this song comes to my head every time that I feel anxiety or paranoia with the inherent need of taking some relaxing stuff, (medication, alcohol, drugs) in some ways you just feel how that substance takes control of your body (slipping down my spine) and it's subsequent relaxing effect (and the whole world will be alright). Later the song talk about being in "self decline" which is some kind of depression when you're sober or clean again and you realize that your thoughts are getting out of control and you need to evade them more frequently, I really think this song talks about depression, paranoia, adiction and the resulting lack of sleep.
    CraftyRatmanon October 26, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWoah, this is hands-down my least favourite blur song ever. It would be a nice trip if graham did his usual brilliant job of blowing it open but he doesn't, it's just far too long and really doesn't fit on MLIR at all.
    teapoton December 07, 2005   Link

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