High and Dry
Radiohead Lyrics


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Two jumps in a week
I bet you think that's pretty clever, don't you, boy?
Flying on your motorcycle
Watching all the ground beneath you drop

You'd kill yourself for recognition
Kill yourself to never, ever stop
You broke another mirror
You're turning into something you are not

Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

Drying up in conversation
You will be the one who cannot talk
All your insides fall to pieces
You just sit there wishing you could still make love

They're the ones who'll hate you
When you think you've got the world all sussed out
They're the ones who'll spit at you
You will be the one screaming out

Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

Oh, it's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing that you've ever, ever had
It's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing you have had is gone away

So don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high




Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Radiohead's song High and Dry talk about the fear of losing oneself to societal pressures and the desperate plea for someone to not abandon the singer in the process. "Two jumps in a week, I bet you think that's pretty clever, don't you, boy?" is a reference to the desire to impress others and gain recognition. This is followed by a metaphor of flying on a motorcycle, which represents the desire to feel free and untethered from the constraints of society. However, this behavior comes at a cost, with the suggestion that the singer may be on the path to self-destruction.


"You broke another mirror, you're turning into something you are not" refers to the loss of one's true self, with each mirror representing a mirror of the soul. The phrase "Drying up in conversation, you will be the one who cannot talk" points to the fear of being unable to express oneself and losing the ability to communicate. The line "All your insides fall to pieces, you just sit there wishing you could still make love" expands on this idea of the internal disintegration and the longing to connect with others.


The chorus is a repeated cry for someone to not abandon the singer, to not leave them high and dry. The final verse returns to the fear of societal abandonment, specifically the fear that the ones who the singer believed were on their side will turn against them. The song ends with a bittersweet resignation to losing the best thing that the singer had, which appears to have been the freedom to be themselves.


Line by Line Meaning

Two jumps in a week
You are taking risks and making bold moves recently.


I bet you think that's pretty clever, don't you, boy?
You are feeling confident and proud of your recent accomplishments.


Flying on your motorcycle
You are feeling free and in control of your life.


Watching all the ground beneath you drop
You are moving forward and leaving the past behind.


You'd kill yourself for recognition
You are desperate for attention and validation from others.


Kill yourself to never, ever stop
You are willing to sacrifice everything to keep moving forward and achieving your goals.


You broke another mirror
You are experiencing bad luck and misfortune recently.


You're turning into something you are not
You are changing and becoming someone different from who you used to be.


Don't leave me high
I am asking you not to abandon me when I am feeling good about myself.


Don't leave me dry
I am asking you not to abandon me when I am feeling lost and alone.


Drying up in conversation
You are finding it hard to communicate and connect with others lately.


You will be the one who cannot talk
You will become isolated and unable to express yourself if you do not address this issue.


All your insides fall to pieces
You are feeling broken and vulnerable on the inside.


You just sit there wishing you could still make love
You long for intimacy and connection with others.


They're the ones who'll hate you
People who are jealous of your success will try to tear you down.


When you think you've got the world all sussed out
You feel like you understand everything and have everything under control.


They're the ones who'll spit at you
These same people will try to insult and belittle you.


You will be the one screaming out
You will be the one suffering the most from these attacks.


Oh, it's the best thing that you've ever had
You have recently experienced a great success or achievement.


The best thing that you've ever, ever had
This is the most important and meaningful thing you have experienced.


The best thing that you've ever had
This is a feeling that may not last forever.


The best thing you have had is gone away
You have lost this feeling or experience and it may not come back.


Don't leave me high
I am asking you not to abandon me when I am feeling good about myself.


Don't leave me dry
I am asking you not to abandon me when I am feeling lost and alone.


Don't leave me high
I am asking you not to abandon me when I am feeling good about myself.


Don't leave me dry
I am asking you not to abandon me when I am feeling lost and alone.


Don't leave me high
I am asking you not to abandon me when I am feeling good about myself.




Lyrics © 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:

@masbroinside444

[Verse 1]
Two jumps in a week, I bet you
Think that's pretty clever, don't you, boy
Flying on your motorcycle
Watching all the ground beneath you drop
You'd kill yourself for recognition
Kill yourself to never, ever stop
You broke another mirror
You're turning into something you are not

[Chorus]
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

[Verse 2]
Drying up in conversation
You will be the one who cannot talk
All your insides fall to pieces
You just sit there wishing you could still make love
They're the ones who'll hate you
When you think you've got the world all sussed out
They're the ones who'll spit at you
You will be the one screaming out

[Chorus]
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

[Guitar Solo]

[Bridge]
Oh, it's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing that you've ever, ever had
It's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing you've had has gone away

[Chorus]
So don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry



@gabrielbordinhon4626

Two jumps in a week
I bet you think that's pretty clever, don't you, boy?
Flying on your motorcycle
Watching all the ground beneath you drop
You'd kill yourself for recognition
Kill yourself to never, ever stop
You broke another mirror
You're turning into something you are not
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Drying up in conversation
You will be the one who cannot talk
All your insides fall to pieces
You just sit there wishing you could still make love
They're the ones who'll hate you
When you think you've got the world all sussed out
They're the ones who'll spit at you
You will be the one screaming out
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Oh, it's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing that you've ever, ever had
It's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing you have had is gone away
So don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry



@israeloplays

LYRICS:
Two jumps in a week
I bet you think that's pretty clever, don't you, boy?
Flying on your motorcycle
Watching all the ground beneath you drop
You'd kill yourself for recognition
Kill yourself to never, ever stop
You broke another mirror
You're turning into something you are not
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Drying up in conversation
You will be the one who cannot talk
All your insides fall to pieces
You just sit there wishing you could still make love
They're the ones who'll hate you
When you think you've got the world all sussed out
They're the ones who'll spit at you
You will be the one screaming out
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Oh, it's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing that you've ever, ever had
It's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing you have had is gone away
So don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry



@Mr_Gaming_Banana

Welp, since no one has made a comment with Lyrics, i guess I'm gonna have to be the one who does it.

Lyrics:

Two jumps in a week
I bet you think that's pretty clever, don't you boy?
Flying on your motorcycle
Watching all the ground beneath you drop

Kill yourself for recognition
Kill yourself to never ever stop
You broke another mirror
You're turning into something you are not

Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

Drying up in conversation
You will be the one who cannot talk
All your insides fall to pieces
You just sit there wishing you could still make love

They're the ones who'll hate you
When you think you've got the world all sussed out
They're the once who'll spit at you
You'll be the one screaming out

Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

Oh, it's the best thing that you ever had
The best thing you ever, ever had
It's the best thing that you ever had
The best thing you have had is gone away

D-don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry



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@masbroinside444

[Verse 1]
Two jumps in a week, I bet you
Think that's pretty clever, don't you, boy
Flying on your motorcycle
Watching all the ground beneath you drop
You'd kill yourself for recognition
Kill yourself to never, ever stop
You broke another mirror
You're turning into something you are not

[Chorus]
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

[Verse 2]
Drying up in conversation
You will be the one who cannot talk
All your insides fall to pieces
You just sit there wishing you could still make love
They're the ones who'll hate you
When you think you've got the world all sussed out
They're the ones who'll spit at you
You will be the one screaming out

[Chorus]
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

[Guitar Solo]

[Bridge]
Oh, it's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing that you've ever, ever had
It's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing you've had has gone away

[Chorus]
So don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me high
Don't leave me dry

@calowenby1654

Huh. I always thought it was "While your insides fall to pieces," but that makes sense also.

@jeftevalencia7322

I was looking for the lyrics in the comments section, thanks a lot ❤️

@00eee

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