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Thom Yorke – Analyse lyrics

A self-fulfilling prophecy of endless possibility
In rolling reams across a screen
In algebra, in algebra

The fences that you cannot climb
The sentences that do not rhyme
In all that you can ever change
The one you're looking for

It gets you down
It gets you down

There's no spark
No light in the dark

It gets you down
It gets you down
You traveled far
What have you found
That there's no time
There's no time
To analyse
To think things through
To make sense

Like candles in the city, they never looked so pretty
By powercuts and blackouts
Sleeping like babies

It gets you down
It gets you down
You're just playing a part
You're just playing a part

You're playing a part
Playing a part
And there's no time
There's no time
To analyse

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  • u
    I think it's basically about someone who has tried very hard to find meaning in his/her life but has only came to realize that he doesn't have a special purpose. All he has is a "self-fulfilling prophecy with endless possibility. " and that gets him down. However, as the song continues, he realizes the beauty in simplicity: "like candles in the city, they never looked so pretty. By powercuts and blackouts, sleeping like babies. " by observing the beauty of simplicity, he finds out that his role too is very simple: he/she is "just playing a part" and that there is no time to over-analyze the world.
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  • j
    In my opinion: "What is creativity in the age of mass communication." A feeling of the loss of paradise, that feeling that there is something going on behind the shadows, and we are all being fed with crap to make our lives feel meaningful, at the cost of other things like nature, religion, spirit, creativity.
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