Optimistic

Album: Kid A (2000)
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  • Flies are buzzing round my head
    Vultures circling the dead
    Picking up every last crumb
    The big fish eat the little ones
    The big fish eat the little ones
    Not my problem, give me some

    You can try the best you can
    You can try the best you can?
    The best you can is good enough
    If you try the best you can
    If you try the best you can
    The best you can is good enough

    This one's optimistic
    This one went to market
    This one just came out of the swamp
    This one dropped a payload
    Fodder for the animals
    Living on animal farm

    You can try the best you can
    You can try the best you can
    The best you can is good enough
    If you try the best you can
    If you try the best you can
    The best you can is good enough

    Oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh
    Ah ah ah
    Oh oh oh

    I'd really like to help you, man
    I'd really like to help you, man
    Nervous messed up marionettes
    Floating around on a prison ship

    You can try the best you can
    You can try the best you can
    The best you can is good enough
    You can try the best you can
    You can try the best you can

    Dinosaurs roaming the Earth
    Dinosaurs roaming the Earth
    Dinosaurs roaming the Earth

    Ah ah ah (oh oh oh)
    Ah ah ah (oh oh oh)
    Ah ah ah
    Oh oh oh Writer/s: Colin Charles Greenwood, Edward John O'Brien, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Philip James Selway, Thomas Edward Yorke
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Bodhi from RioI don't get the dinosaurs mentioning, anyone?
  • Josh from Chicago, IlIt's probably just my opinion, but the music (not the lyrics) makes me feel good, cheerful and OPTIMISTIC. Except for 3:09 to 3:16. That part is just plain eerie.
  • Ben from Lexington, KyNot a popular song on Radiohead's live setlists. Still a great song, one of the most conventional on Kid A.
  • Hebrew from St. Paul, MnWhen you rely on men to get your justice, self affirmations are all you are left with, as the only man one can then vaguely trust is self. This song comes off as sad and hopeless because when one seeks justice from men, who are imperfect, and will always let you down, one has no choice but to turn to another imperfect creature to affirm.... Self. What a disappointment. It's like a hole trying to use a hole to fill a hole. How sad. Indeed the best you can isn't good enough.
  • David from Austin, Txin response to dylan's comment and thom yorke singing "the best you can ain't good enough" .. this song always sounded very sarcastic to me. though it was written because thom's girlfriend told him "the best you can is good enough," it seems to me that thom yorke is twisting her words in a sarcastic manner, sort of making fun of the notion that the best you can is good enough to make it in such a cruel world. quite evil, really. of course i could be wrong, but radiohead isn't exactly known for writing optimistic songs.
  • Dylan from New Britain, CtThats funny because when I listen to this song I always feel like saying "The best you can isn't good enough" or that how I wouldve wrote it.
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