My Iron Lung

Album: The Bends (1995)
Charted: 24
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  • Faith, you're driving me away
    You do it everyday
    You don't mean it but it hurts like hell

    My brain says I'm receiving pain
    A lack of oxygen from my life support
    My iron lung

    We're too young to fall asleep
    Too cynical to speak
    We are loosing it, can't you tell?

    We scratch our eternal itch
    Our twentieth century bitch and we are grateful for our
    Iron lung

    Suck, suck your teenage thumb
    Toilet trained and dumb
    When the power runs out we'll just hum

    This this is our new song
    Just like the last one
    A total waste of time
    My iron lung

    If you're frightened
    You can be frightened
    You can be, it's okay

    If you're frightened
    You can be frightened
    You can be, it's okay Writer/s: Colin Charles Greenwood, Edward John O'Brien, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Philip James Selway, Thomas Edward Yorke
    Publisher: Downtown Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Bushpilot Bob from PhoenixThis song is about how Radiohead got damn sick of everyone pushing to hear Creep all the time, and they resented having to play it to make a living.
  • Joel2point0 from Nashville, Tnthis song also has metaphors on how we depend on machines
  • Bert from Pueblo, NmThis song reminds be of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box." At least the intro, and the way the chorus starts with the guitar and screams.
  • Robby from New York, NyI think this song also has strong references to religion, in which an individual can feel that his source of life and vitality is a source which constantly manipulates him to live subjected to the standards of its laws and without it, the individual feels lifeless.
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