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Paranoid Android
Radiohead Lyrics


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Please could you stop the noise
I'm trying to get some rest
From all the unborn chicken voices in my head
What's that?
What's that?

When I am king, you will be first against the wall
With your opinion which is of no consequence at all
What's that?
What's that?

Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking, squealing Gucci little piggy
You don't remember
You don't remember
Why don't you remember my name?
Off with his head, man
Off with his head, man
Why don't you remember my name?
I guess he does
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height, height
Rain down, rain down
Come on, rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height
Rain down, rain down (that's it, sir, you're leaving, the crackle of pigskin)
Come on rain down on me (the dust and the screaming, the yuppies networking)
From a great height (the panic, the vomit, the panic, the vomit)
God loves his children
God loves his children, yeah

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Paranoid Android by Radiohead seem to revolve around a few central themes - the chaos and confusion of modern society, a need for rest and escape from overwhelming noise, the desire for power and control, and questioning the worth of opinions. The opening lines set the stage for this with the plea to "stop the noise" and the references to "unborn chicken voices" which could represent the constant chatter and noise of society, the pressures and responsibilities of life, and the white noise that can fill our minds.


The lines proclaiming "when I am king, you will be first against the wall" and "off with his head" could be interpreted as statements of power, with the singer desiring to control and suppress those who disagree with them. This desire for control is echoed again in the lines "why don't you remember my name?" which could indicate a need for recognition and power even over those who don't matter. The chorus of "rain down" could be interpreted as a call for relief from the chaos and noise of modern life, but it could also be seen as a desire for a cleansing, destructive force to sweep away the problems of the world.


Overall, the lyrics of Paranoid Android seem to paint a picture of a chaotic and overwhelming world, where power and control are desired, and relief is sought from the endless noise and pressure of modern life. The song could be seen as a critique of modern society and its many complexities, but it could also be interpreted more personally as a call for rest and escape from the pressures of our own lives.


Line by Line Meaning

Please could you stop the noise
I am distressed and tired, and the external noise is preventing me from resting.


I'm trying to get some rest
I need to recharge and rejuvenate myself from the inner turmoil.


From all the unborn chicken voices in my head
My mind is filled with disturbing thoughts and emotions that are as distressing as the sound of unborn chickens.


What's that?
I am startled and agitated by some external or internal stimulus.


When I am king, you will be first against the wall
At the height of my power, I will silence and eliminate those who oppose or disrespect me.


With your opinion which is of no consequence at all
Your views and beliefs are of no value or significance to me, and I will punish you for expressing them.


Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Blind pursuit of success and power can distort one's self-image and appearance, making them unattractive.


Kicking, squealing Gucci little piggy
People who are obsessed with materialistic possessions and status symbols are like little pigs, kicking and squealing for more attention and recognition.


You don't remember
You have forgotten or ignored something significant or meaningful.


Why don't you remember my name?
You have failed to recognize or acknowledge my impact, influence, or significance.


Off with his head, man
I demand punishment and retribution, often in a violent or brutal way.


I guess he does
My expectation or demand has been met, and the person has complied or submitted to my will.


Rain down, rain down
I am asking for a release, a catharsis, or a cleansing from the negativity and distress that are affecting me.


Come on rain down on me
I need to feel the impact and intensity of the release or the change that I am seeking.


From a great height
I want the release or the change to be significant, profound, even overwhelming.


God loves his children
Despite all the distress and chaos in the world, there is still an underlying compassion and care from a divine entity.


God loves his children, yeah
This compassion and care are real and tangible, and I affirm and celebrate it.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Colin Charles Greenwood, Edward John O'Brien, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Philip James Selway, Thomas Edward Yorke

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@Esupureso

Lyrics because im nice:

Please could you stop the noise?
I'm tryna get some rest
From all the unborn chicken
Voices in my head
What's that? (I may be paranoid, but not an android)
What's that? (I may be paranoid, but not an android)
When I am king
You will be first against the wall
With your opinion
Which is of no consequence at all
What's that? (I may be paranoid, but no android)
What's that? (I may be paranoid, but no android)
La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la
La, la
Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking, squealing, Gucci little piggy
La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la
You don't remember, you don't remember
Why don't you remember my name?
Off with his head, man, off with his head, man
Why don't you remember my name?
I guess he does
Ah, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Rain down, rain down
Come on, rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height, height
Rain down, rain down
Come on, rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height, height
that's it, sir, you're leaving
The crackle of pigskin (rain down)
(Come on rain down) the dust and the screaming
The yuppies networking
The panic, the vomit (from a great height)
The panic, the vomit (from a great height)
God loves his children
God loves his children, yeah



@zuckzo

Lyrics


Please could you stop the noise?
I'm trying to get some rest
From all the unborn chicken
Voices in my head
What's that?
(I may be paranoid, but not an android)
What's that?
(I may be paranoid, but not an android)
When I am king
You will be first against the wall
With your opinion
Which is of no consequence at all
What's that?
(I may be paranoid, but no android)
What's that?
(I may be paranoid, but no android)
Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking and squealing Gucci little piggy
You don't remember, you don't remember
Why don't you remember my name?
Off with his head, man
Off with his head, man
Why don't you remember my name?
I guess he does
Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height
Height
Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height
Height
Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
That's it, sir
You're leaving
The crackle of pigskin
The dust and the screaming
The yuppies networking
The panic, the vomit
The panic, the vomit
God loves his children
God loves his children, yeah



@christophercollins2825

Please could you stop the noise?
I'm trying to get some rest

From all the unborn chicken
Voices in my head

What's that?
(I may be paranoid, but not an android)
What's that?
(I may be paranoid, but not an android)

When I am king
You will be first against the wall

With your opinion
Which is of no consequence at all

What's that?
(I may be paranoid, but no android)
What's that?
(I may be paranoid, but no android)

Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking and squealing Gucci little piggy

You don't remember, you don't remember
Why don't you remember my name?
Off with his head, man
Off with his head, man
Why don't you remember my name?
I guess he does

Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height
Height
Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height
Height
Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
That's it, sir
You're leaving
The crackle of pigskin
The dust and the screaming
The yuppies networking
The panic, the vomit
The panic, the vomit
God loves his children
God loves his children, yeah



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This animation feels like what birthed so many adult swim shows nowadays and I love it

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​@@snausages43 I didn't know this until today. this is officially blown my mind. honestly the show definitely looks like a modern day internet cartoon to me.

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