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Jigsaw Falling Into Place
Radiohead Lyrics


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Just as you take my hand
Just as you write my number down
Just as the drinks arrive
Just as they play your favorite song
As your bad day disappears
No longer wound up like a spring
Before you had too much
Come back in focus again

The walls are bending shape
They've got a Cheshire cat grin
All blurring into one
This place is on a mission
Before the night owl
Before the animal noises
Closed circuit cameras
Before you're comatose

Before you run away from me
Before you're lost between the notes
The beat goes round and round
The beat goes round and round
I never really got there
I just pretended that I had
Words are blunt instruments
Words are sawed-off shotguns

Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out

Before you run away from me
Before you're lost between the notes
Just as you take the mic
Just as you dance, dance, dance

Jigsaw falling into place
So there is nothing to explain
You eye each other as you pass
She looks back, you look back
Not just once
Not just twice
Wish away the nightmare
Wish away the nightmare
You've got a light, you can feel it on your back
A light, you can feel it on your back
Jigsaw falling into place

Overall Meaning

In Radiohead's "Jigsaw Falling into Place," the singer is describing a night out with someone special. As they dance and drink, their worries and anxieties melt away. The walls of the club bend and blur, making the place seem like it has a life of its own. At this moment, the singer urges the other person to let go of any fear or doubt they may be harboring and just enjoy the moment. The song's title refers to the idea that everything is coming together and making sense like a jigsaw puzzle.


The first verse sets up the atmosphere of the beginning of a night out, where someone captures your attention, and as you get to know each other, the potential for it to turn into something more begins to build. The second verse shifts gears to be more introspective. The walls of the club and the Cheshire cat grin symbolize our perceptions being altered, making things harder to understand. The lyrics use colorful language to symbolize the feeling of transformation and getting lost in the moment.


The chorus suggests that the world is all the pieces of the puzzle falling into place. Just as the pieces align, the singer asks the other person to join them in this newly found clarity. The final verse is a reflection on the night and its aftermath. They both get lost in the beat of the music, and everything seems to make more sense. The song's final line, "Jigsaw falling into place," is repeated reassuringly, emphasizing that everything is now as it should be.


Line by Line Meaning

Just as you take my hand
As you take my hand, we are embarking on a journey together.


Just as you write my number down
You write my number down, hoping to make a connection later.


Just as the drinks arrive
Right as our drinks arrive, setting the mood for the rest of the night.


Just as they play your favorite song
The DJ plays your favorite song, making your night even better.


As your bad day disappears
Your bad day fades away, allowing you to enjoy the present moment.


No longer wound up like a spring
You are no longer stressed and anxious, but calm and relaxed.


Before you had too much
Before you drink too much and lose control.


Come back in focus again
Regain your composure and focus on the present moment.


The walls are bending shape
The environment is changing or becoming distorted in some way.


They've got a Cheshire cat grin
The surroundings seem to be smiling or mocking you.


All blurring into one
Everything is melding together, making it hard to differentiate individual aspects.


This place is on a mission
The environment feels purposeful or driven to some end goal.


Before the night owl
Before the night becomes too late and you're too tired.


Before the animal noises
Before the environment becomes too wild or chaotic.


Closed circuit cameras
Surveillance or scrutiny is present and watching over you.


Before you're comatose
Before you fall into a deep, unconscious state.


Before you run away from me
Before you flee or retreat from our connection.


Before you're lost between the notes
Before you become confused or overwhelmed by the details.


The beat goes round and round
The music and rhythm are constant and unchanging.


I never really got there
I never really achieved my goal or destination.


I just pretended that I had
I only pretended to reach my goal, but never really did.


Words are blunt instruments
Words can be imprecise or ineffective tools of communication.


Words are sawed-off shotguns
Words can be powerful and destructive, like a shotgun blast.


Come on and let it out
Express yourself freely and honestly.


Jigsaw falling into place
Life is coming together in a cohesive and meaningful way.


So there is nothing to explain
No explanation is needed for the way things are falling into place.


You eye each other as you pass
You make eye contact as you cross paths, sparking a potential connection.


She looks back, you look back
Both parties are interested and curious about each other.


Not just once
The connection is more than just a passing moment.


Not just twice
The connection is ongoing and potentially long-lasting.


Wish away the nightmare
Erase the negative experiences of the past.


You've got a light, you can feel it on your back
You have a bright and hopeful future ahead of you.


A light, you can feel it on your back
The hopeful future is tangible and within reach.


Just as you take the mic
As you take the mic, you take control of the situation or conversation.


Just as you dance, dance, dance
You continue to enjoy the moment and dance with abandon.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Philip James Selway, Edward John O'Brien, Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Thomas Edward Yorke

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wallace mallaka

just as you take my hand
Just as you write my number down
Just as the drinks arrive
Just as they play your favorite song
As your bad day disappears
No longer wound up like a spring
Before you had too much
Come back in focus again
The walls are bending shape
They've got a Cheshire cat grin
All blurring into one
This place is on a mission
Before the night owl
Before the animal noises
Closed circuit cameras
Before you're comatose
Before you run away from me
Before you're lost between the notes
The beat goes round and round
The beat goes round and round
I never really got there
I just pretended that I had
Words are blunt instruments
Words are sawed-off shotguns
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Before you run away from me
Before you're lost between the notes
Just as you take the mic
Just as you dance, dance, dance
Jigsaw falling into place
So there is nothing to explain
You eye each other as you pass
She looks back, you look back
Not just once
Not just twice
Wish away the nightmare
Wish away the nightmare
You've got a light, you can feel it on your back
A light, you can feel it on your back
Jigsaw falling into place



Tay Za Tun

Lyrics:
Verse 1
Just as you take my hand
Just as you write my number down
Just as the drinks arrive
Just as they play your favorite song
As your bad day disappears
No longer wound up like a spring
Before you had too much
Come back in focus again
The walls are bending shape
They've got a Cheshire cat grin
All blurring into one
This place is on a mission
Before the night owl
Before the animal noises
Closed circuit cameras
Before you're comatose

Verse 2
Before you run away from me
Before you're lost between the notes
The beat goes round and round
The beat goes round and round
I never really got there
I just pretended that I had
Words are blunt instruments
Words are sawed-off shotguns
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Before you run away from me
Before you're lost between the notes
Just as you take the mic
Just as you dance, dance, dance....

Verse 3
Jigsaw falling into place
So there is nothing to explain
You eye each other as you pass
She looks back, you look back
Not just once
Not just twice
Wish away the nightmare
Wish away the nightmare
You've got a light, you can feel it on your back
A light, you can feel it on your back
Jigsaw falling into place



donuts by j dilla

i feel like this song, and music video in particular, marks a key moment in radiohead history.

since the bands creation, they’ve always only wanted to make music. they didn’t care about stardom or anything like that, but upon ok computers release and phenomenal success, they couldn’t avoid it. their touring of ok computer was incredibly stressful and challenging, and left yorke’s mental health in a terrible state, which was what their song “how to disappear completely” was based on.
once they released their 6th studio album, their record contract was over. they were free. they tried to retire, but even just not working felt weird to them.
so they got back together to make “In Rainbows”.

many of the songs from “In Rainbows” were recordings from years previous, that they wanted to release, but weren’t able to due to their record label. when creating “In Rainbows” they didn’t have these limitations. they were free, which was what they always wanted.
and i feel like this video represents that.
this video doesn’t have any special meaning behind it, it’s just the band members having a blast recording the masterpiece of a song they always wanted to record.
freedom and happiness.

this sounds pretentious as fuck but i just wanted to write this comment to say what i thought about this.



All comments from YouTube:

dijji

I love how mostly, the other band members are trying not to make awkward eye contact with the camera, while thom is just staring into your soul half the time

_Graznan_

While also looking stoned

dijji

​@_Graznan_ tbh he probably was (that may be why has such a gruff voice and sharp inhalations in this song)

_Graznan_

@dijji my man had some Shrooms

MISTAH MAYNE

Honestly the best part about the video lol

SharplyDressed

jonny though

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Azme

the more frequent you listen to this track, the more addictive it will be.

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100%

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300%

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25M views from like 200k unique people.

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