Scatterbrain
Radiohead Lyrics


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I'm walking out in a force-ten gale
Birds thrown around, bullets for hail
The roof is pulling off by its fingernails
Your voice is rapping on my window-sill

Yesterday's headlines blown by the wind
Yesterday's people in a scatterbrain
Any fool can easy pick a hole
I only wish I could fall in
A moving target in a firing range

Somewhere I'm not
Scatterbrain
Somewhere I'm not
Scatterbrain




Lightning fuse, powercut
Scatterbrain

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Radiohead's "Scatterbrain" convey a sense of danger, discomfort and disorientation. The force-ten gale suggests a stormy weather, where birds are thrown around and hail acts like bullets, adding to the bleak and foreboding atmosphere. It's a representation of the external forces that the singer is trying to navigate through. The reference to the roof pulling off by its fingernails evokes an image of vulnerability and instability in a stormy and chaotic world. The singer is aware of the danger but is struggling to find shelter against the forces that threaten to tear everything apart. The voice rapping on the window-sill could be a voice of comfort, or a call to action, encouraging the singer to take action against the forces beyond.


In the next set of lines, the singer reflects on the past, but everything seems scattered and fragmented, much like a Scatterbrain. The headlines whipped up by the wind, and the people stuck in their own thoughts and actions, add to the sense of confusion and disorientation. The singer acknowledges that any fool can pick a hole in the situation, but they wish they could fall in. It's a sense of resignation or detachment and a desire to be a part of the world around them.


Overall, "Scatterbrain" is a song that deals with themes of vulnerability, disorientation, and detachment in a stormy world. The singer is struggling to navigate through external forces and make sense of the world around them. The song is a poignant and evocative reflection on the human experience in the face of chaos and uncertainty.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm walking out in a force-ten gale
I am outside in a very strong windstorm


Birds thrown around, bullets for hail
The wind is throwing birds around like they are bullets amid the hail


The roof is pulling off by its fingernails
The roof is being lifted and torn away by the strong wind


Your voice is rapping on my window-sill
I am hearing your voice knocking on my window in the midst of the windstorm


Yesterday's headlines blown by the wind
Yesterday's news stories are being carried away by the strong wind


Yesterday's people in a scatterbrain
People from yesterday are feeling confused and disorganized


Any fool can easy pick a hole
It is very simple for anyone to find a flaw


I only wish I could fall in
I desire to dive into any available flaw


A moving target in a firing range
I am in a vulnerable position, like a target being shot at


Somewhere I'm not
There is a place that I'm missing or absent from


Scatterbrain
I am feeling disorganized and unable to concentrate


Somewhere I'm not
There is another place where I need to be, but I am not present there


Scatterbrain
I am feeling scattered and disoriented


Lightning fuse, powercut
There is a sudden shock or disruption in the electricity


Scatterbrain
I am continually struggling with being mentally scattered and unfocused




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 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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