"Just" as written by and Thomas Edward/o'brien Yorke....
Can't get the stink off
He's been hanging around for days
Comes like a comet
Suckered you but not your friends

One day he'll get to you
And teach you how to be a holy cow

You do it to yourself, you do
And that's what really hurts
Is you do it to yourself, just you
You and no-one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself

Don't get my sympathy, hanging out the fifteenth floor
You've changed the locks three times
He still comes reeling through the door
One day I'll get to you
And teach you how to get to purest hell

You do it to yourself you do
And that's what really hurts
Is you do it to yourself, just you
You and no-one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself

You do it to yourself you do
And that's what really hurts
Is you do it to yourself just you
You and no-one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself, whoa

Say, hey

You do it to yourself, you do it to yourself
Yeah, yeah, you do it to yourself, yes-yes, you
Do it to yourself


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

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    General Commentcan't get the stink off,
    he's been hanging around for days.
    comes like a comet,
    suckered you but not your friends.
    one day he'll get to you,
    teach you how to be a holy cow.

    Our past sins will always come back to haunt us, its about guilt and karma. Guilt is something that can never be erased from our conscience, we can never get the "stink" off. It comes like a comet, as in you can let yourself forget about your past sins but this is always temporary.. it comes back like clockwork.

    don't get my sympathy hanging out the 15th floor.
    you've changed the locks 3 times,
    he still comes reeling through the door.
    and soon he'll get to you,
    teach you how to get to purest hell.

    Thom doesn't feel sympathetic towards people who put themselves in a position where they will be haunted by their sins. They can hide out (running all the way up to the 15th floor) but it will always come back. Radiohead is very much into the "what goes around comes around" mindset.

    Guilt is crippling, it strips us of our passion for life. The man lying down in the video doesn't want to go any further with life, he wants to isolate himself from the world. When they ask him why he's lying on the ground, he sheds light on all our past sins and suddenly everybody else cannot go on with a guilty conscience.
    radiodredgon May 01, 2003   Link

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