Myxomatosis

Album: Hail To The Thief (2003)
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  • The mongrel cat came home
    Holding half a head
    Proceeded to show it off
    To all his new found friends

    He said,
    I been where I liked
    I slept with who I liked
    She ate me up for breakfast
    She screwed me in a vice

    But now
    I don't know why I feel so tongue tied
    I sat in the cupboard
    And wrote it down in neat
    They were cheering and waving
    Cheering and waving
    Twitching and salivating
    Like with myxomatosis

    But it got edited, fucked up
    Strangled, beaten up
    Used as a photo in Time magazine
    Buried in a burning black hole in Devon
    I don't know why I feel so tongue tied
    Don't know why I feel so skinned alive

    My thoughts are misguided and a little naive
    I twitch and salivate
    Like with myxomatosis
    You should put me in a home or you
    Should put me down

    I got myxomatosis
    I got myxomatosis
    Yeah no one likes a smart arse
    But we all like stars
    That wasn't my intention
    I did it for a reason

    It must have got mixed up
    Strangled beaten up
    I got myxomatosis
    I got myxomatosis
    I don't know why I
    Feel so tongue tied

Comments: 9

  • Mfernflower from NyI think this song is about being famous and not knowing what to do with your newfound fame and riches.
  • Fairestbaby from Rotterdam, Netherlandsdealing with concequences. action-reaction. nothing like something, like one and one could be any amount or none
  • Jon from West Bend, IaI noticed the Hitchhiker's Guide reference as well, Leo. Radiohead does this on several other occasions as well, most notably Paranoid Android.
  • Matt from Toronto, CanadaI read in a Band Profile by Chuck Klosterman that Thom really liked the word Myxomatosis, and that the lyrics have very little relation to the title, it just fit well in the song. God, Thom is weird... a freaking genius, but definitely weird.
  • Marco from Saugus, MaI love this song, and I've played it at bars before. I honestly think this song is about being misunderstood, the tiranny of people coasting on false notions of you and who you are. New found friends, that don't understand that you've been where you liked, and slept with who you like, even if you make believe you didn't. And you don't know why you feel so disquited and skinned-alive because you were just kind and naive.
  • Brent from Somewhere, TxIts the effect that human have on nature. Human cause myxomatosis. Myxomatosis was used by Australia and the UK in the 1950s to reduce the rabbit population, because rabbits were causing significant damage to crops.
  • Pete from Wheaton, MdI think this song is about artist being forced to sell out. Check out the lyrics in that light. It's a cool song.
  • Leo from Grimsby, CaIt's also another reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where it mentions myxomatosis in Chapter 24.
    Oddly, It (incorrectly) applies the disease to mice.
  • Chase from Minneapolis, MnProbably the most underated song on the whole album, it's different and I like it. I love the rythem in thom's voice. Its a very good song. There is another version of this song called Remyxomatosis. It is a Christian Vogel remix. It can be found on the japanese import Com Lag= 2+2=5(EP).
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