Fake Plastic Trees
Radiohead Lyrics


A green plastic watering can
For a fake Chinese rubber plant
In the fake plastic earth
That she bought from a rubber man
In a town full of rubber plans
To get rid of itself

It wears her out
It wears her out
It wears her out
It wears her out

She lives with a broken man
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns
He used to do surgery
For girls in the eighties
But gravity always wins

And it wears him out
It wears him out
It wears him out
It wears

She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love
But I can't help the feeling
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run

And it wears me out
It wears me out
It wears me out
It wears me out

And if I could be who you wanted
If I could be who you wanted
All the time
All the time
Oh

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

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Max C

Lyrics:
[Verse 1]
A green plastic watering can
For a fake Chinese rubber plant
In a fake plastic earth
That she bought from a rubber man
In a town full of rubber plans
To get rid of itself

[Chorus 1]
It wears her out
It wears her out
It wears her out
It wears her out

[Verse 2]
She lives with a broken man
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns
He used to do surgery
For girls in the eighties
But gravity always wins

[Chorus 2]
And it wears him out
It wears him out
It wears him out
It wears
[Verse 3]
She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love
But I can't help the feeling
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run

[Chorus 3]
And it wears me out
It wears me out
It wears me out
It wears me out

[Outro]
And if I could be who you wanted
If I could be who you wanted
All the time
All the time



Lucas Rocha

Eu lembro de chegar de madrugada do hospital certo dia, depois de visitar meu avô que tinha cancer...
Eu tinha deitado, liguei a tv na mtv, começou esse clipe...
Eu não fazia ideia do que a vida é
Eu tinha apenas 12 anos
sua partida deixou uma grande lacuna, mas voce é eterno em nossos corações, grande homem!

Ele era uma inspiração pra mim, não era perfeito, tinha defeitos, fez o que pode, vendeu seu carro pra pagar meu parto e pra minha mãe ter boas condições

Hoje eu tenho 29 anos...
meu vovozão, eu sei que você sente orgulho do que me tornei, obrigado por tudo
obrigado a minha familia por ter me ensinado a ter valores que não tem preço....
<3



runninglyrics

This song has strangely become such a huge part of my life story in so many ways.

The first time I heard this song, I thought it was boring. Mind you, I was listening to things that had no subtlety to them at the time. Namely Rock like (Led zeppelin,) and classical (symphony, or Spanish classical guitar). There was some Beatles in there too but it wasn’t like I could just google beatles songs. YouTube didn’t even exist yet, (Lol way to make myself feel old) so none of the experimental songs made it to my ears.

So when YouTube came out, the first time I heard Fake Plastic Tress, (after hearing Karma police on the radio and going to check them out) and I was like “eh this is kinda boring” so after a minute I moved on. I listened to a few other songs but eventually felt bored. I sat there like “I thought they’d have more songs like Karma Police, gonna try one more and call it a day” and I clicked on one last song, Paranoid Android. As a kid in high school, I was like, okay this is actually really cool. The odd time, the mix of strange chords and sounds and melodies. It really felt like a full experience (but again, no subtlety mind you). So I found a few other songs that sparked my interest, songs like wolf at the door, lucky, 2+2=5, but still unimpressed or uninterested by the slower or softer tunes but at least now I was listening to them.

I can’t say exactly when happened. I eventually came back to Fake Plastic Tress a year or two later because someone I liked told me they really liked it. (We were only friends at this point but we seemed to have a thing for each other). At this point though, radiohead had started growing on me, (as so many will tell you) so I gave that song a real listen, and I was like “y’know what this songs alright, the lyrics are pretty well written.” From there I started playing it once and a while, because a few people wanted to hear it (I was never the type to play what people asked so this was an exception because of who asked and how they asked). Those days turned to years and eventually I got really familiar with it, life changed and I began to understand it differently. The layers to the lyrics started to stand out. The feelings started to become relatable. In short, I grew up. I was already the group mediator, and was always the responsible one, but there’s a difference between taking care of everyone, and a sense of feeling like you’re not enough for people you wish you could be enough for. It became one of my favorites because of this. Hidden deep in there is a quiet sadness I began to relate to and it allowed me to hide that pain in plain sight. “What a pretty song” “what a nice voice” “that was relaxing” and I could just say thanks and not have to talk about how I’m feeling, because I had already sang it.

It has so many ties to it, a friend who corrected me on the pronouncement of polystyrene (because they sang it correctly 😅) who’s no longer with us because he was shot protecting his mother. My ex who got me to actually pay attention to the song in the first place (yeah she was the one I liked and was with for 8 years) who I later never felt enough for.

This song has become one of my favorite songs period. There are a few songs for me that I like better but this is the song I always use to warm up my vocals. I play for people pretty often because they like it and know it. Sometimes it’s just a good song to play, just to play and let it all out. Definitely one of radioheads best songs, albeit very subtle.

If you’ve read all this, thanks, just felt like sharing I guess. If you’re still here on this ride, maybe give my song Snowscapes a listen, you may hear that radiohead influence.

Stay mentally safe my fellow music connoisseurs, and may you always find the diamonds in the rough.



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Peter Smith

Heard this blasting out of my teenage daughters room last night. My work is done here

Wentian

Maybe it’s her boyfriend

Jimmy the mac

@Tl 1995 hahaha I thought this about my mate in the 90s turns out he just had great taste in music and was ahead of his time! but to be fair to you I've only rediscovered it because I'm having a bit of a shit time.

tObito

good job your daughter probably has depression

Christopher Pittman

You have done well.

Jesus Gonzalez

Ig hahaha

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Nobatime

This song describes my existence with those around me. The fact it could be expressed in music makes me feel so less alone. Thank you 🙏

mosriteminion cause

Shortly after my wife died, I drove passed where she was buried, and I heard this for the first time. We had marriage struggles, but we worked them out, we loved each other very much, & had a daughter, 11 months later bone cancer took my wife. The song was like us. I had to pull over. Its been over 20yrs, since and I still Love her.

scoop :)

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mosriteminion cause

@Jon Dunn ☮👍

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