"Ripcord" as written by and Thomas Edward/o'brien Yorke....
Soul destroyed with clever toys for little boys
It's inevitable, inevitable, it's a soul destroyed
You feel it till you're dry
You feel it till you've had enough
And you don't understand
No ripcord, no ripcord
No ripcord, no ripcord

Aeroplane, do I mean what I mean
Oh it's inevitable, inevitable, oh aeroplane

A thousand miles an hour
On politics and power
That you don't understand

No ripcord, no ripcord
No, no, no ripcord, no ripcord

La la la la

The answer to your prayers
We'll drop you anywhere

No ripcord, no ripcord
No ripcord, no, no, no ripcord yeah

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

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  • +4
    General CommentA thousand miles an hour
    In politics and power
    That you don't understand

    The answer to your prayers will drop you anywhere. Great line. Be Careful what you wish for.
    Soul destroyed with clever toys is saying the same thing.

    You're free until you drop. In the plane you're comfortable zooming along and then you want more. So you jump out and you're no longer in control and its tragic.

    Thats about all I could suck out of it...
    corduroy_boyon July 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"No ripcord, the answer to your prayers will drop you anywhere" I suppose to the americans, the meaning of ripcord is somewhat lost- they don't realize its the little string that pulls out the parachute, and without it, you'll fall anywhere, it honestly doesn't matter, you're dead. "You had enough" "the answer to your prayers," its a sad, sad song, set to a somewhat punkish sounding guitar riff that sounds like it wants to die.
    But for me, the best part is the use of my favorite word, the way it goes, too, "its inevitable, its inevitable." I think ill give it a whirl now, and think about dying.
    periwinklebydayon July 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought that this song was about someone who gets into something that at first seems like a good enterprise and then finding out too late that there are strings attached and that the person doesn't really have any control any more in whether they want to continue or not. Especially the part about "Souls destroyed with clever toys for little boys". Eh, I'm probably off base but that's my thought.
    thirstymuseon April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreenplastic has better lyrics, actually from the band.

    Soul destroyed with clever toys for little boys.
    It's inevitable, inevitable, it's a soul destroyed.
    You're free until you drop,
    you're free until you've had enough
    and you don't understand.
    No ripcord, no ripcord,
    no ripcord, no ripcord
    Brandy_treloaron March 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I think it's about someone who died in a parachuting accident and maybe subconciously commited suicide. Or maybe not....
    queenbabeon May 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are part's of this song that remind me a little of BOC's Dont Fear the Reaper..
    cdm_410on September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe you can't see how it all starts to see how out all works like the world compared to a toy like those ripcord toys. It's easy to analyze and understand and correct the operation of a simple toy like that in contrast to the great mechanism which come and go but never persist sustainably like societal institutions. That was first understanding. Now reading it...it has military undertones and paratroopers being deployed. Maybe insulting the way some military operations are devised and on what grounds they're launched. So some soldier is thrown into war by little boys with clever toys where there is no rip cord.
    urwellkeenon November 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song on the album has the similar theme of two later albums
    It's talk about soul destroying through wanting more and doing everything for It (jump off the aeroplane) while your parachute has no Ripcord
    Paymaanon August 20, 2014   Link

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