"Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was" as written by Thomas Yorke, Edward John O'brien, Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood and Philip Selway....
Limb by limb and tooth by tooth
Tearing up inside of me
Every day every hour
I wish that I was bullet proof

Wax me
Mould me
Heat the pins and stab them in
You have turned me into this
Just wish that it was bullet proof

So pay the money and take a shot
Leadfill the hole in me
I could burst a million bubbles
All surrogate and bullet proof

And bullet proof
And bullet proof
And bullet proof

Lyrics submitted by piesupreme, edited by pranav0091, Mellow_Harsher

"Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +10
    General Commenti listen to this song while im driving in my car alone sometimes when its dark and everything is still, and it leaves me feeling like i want to cry because i wish nothing could hurt me, i wish i didnt let every little thing get to me in so many ways and i wish i was a stronger person.
    none_of_the_above.on July 01, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI was listening to this song for the first time when I was reading a particularly tragic passage from "Norweigan Wood" by Haruki Murakami. It made me realise how fragile our lives are, but also how perhaps our fundamental vulnerability is the most beautiful thing about us.
    1shawon January 23, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentTime to comment on MY FAVORITE SONG OF ALL time

    I have two, duel meanings.

    1) This came to me back in '95, when I was youngin, and I really like this theory. Ever had a childhood whimsy? We all have. Like I'm going to be this or do that and its just so pure and reflects your character at a really young age. What I thought was an adult, looking back on life and wants to recapture his childhood naive fantasy of becoming bulletproof. If I were to direct this music video, I would have two kids kissing on a dock at a starry night during the chorus: 'proooooooooooof'.

    2) Came a few weeks later. A man being torn and hurt in a destructive relationship, and how he is resorting to have the most superificial kind of protection - physical, away from the pain that he has been caused. Hiding in a dark room, huddled up, bulletproof and completely invulnerable.

    What a beautiful song. My absolute favorite.
    letmebeon April 17, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think we can all relate to this song. Whether we get hurt in a relationship, have something wrong with your health, or you're just depressed. Everyone can relate to this song so easily. I know I can. I've got epilepsy, and sometimes I just wish that I was "bulletproof". I just wish that I didn't have to take meds everyday, and worry about some of the limitations it presents towards my life. That's what this song means to me.
    IMABBALLPLAYERon August 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with Joe Kubrick. I have always been hypersensitive as well and it is very difficult trying to teach yourself to be stronger. Being like that is like living with no skin, no protection from anything. Watching the news and seeing a loved one die cause the same amount of anguish. Everything makes you want to die. Anyway that's how I interpreted it.
    cherrybombon June 30, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentexactly. this song says everything.
    not_blondeon February 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti whish i was bulletproof i really do...this song is about how easily you can be hurt...and noone ever notice i thing...but i don´t think it´s about that for thom yorke...but for me it is
    rockkidon May 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with none of the above.The song's about how life becomes so hard that it makes us so fragile and easily hurt by anything.I've always been too sensitive and there's been so many times i wished i could be more harder.
    Joekubrickon June 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentas someone mentioned earlier, at the end of the chorus, there is a second voice. I interpreted it as ''is tearing up, is tearing up''. It seems to fit. Anyway, go listen, it's amazing. Best song on the album if it wasn't for Street Spirit.
    Ruton November 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I could burst a million bubbles"

    I think this means that he also could hurt people if he wants
    Paymaanon April 24, 2014   Link

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