Radiohead: Let Down Meaning
Song Released: 1997
Let Down Lyrics
Starting and then stopping
Taking off and landing
The emptiest of feelings
Disappointed people clinging on to bottles
And when it comes it's so so disappointing
Let down and hanging around
anonymous Nov 6th 2011, 08:24 report
This song is about Bipolar disorder. The first verse is about being in a bipolar depression, the listless empty feeling, the second verse is about mania 'juices flowing, wing's twitch, leg's are going', mania makes people creative, go go go and feel very free etc and the last verse is about the confusion of both extreme emotions. The chorus is about the ultimate bad feeling of Bipolar and how it seems utterly overwhelming.
anonymous Jan 31st 2008, 14:46 report
Throughout history, people have always had these unreachable expectations and ambitions. Most are completely deluded to the fact that we can never be perfect beings. It's people finally coming to the realization that life is full of disappointments and "let downs". It seems depressing enough, but vulnerability is beautiful.
anonymous Jun 8th 2006, 08:05 report
As far as I can see, this song is basically about being failed. When something doesn't turn out how you wanted it to be, giving examples of animals etc. being let down by their own bodies.
"Shells smashed, juices flowing,
Wings twitch, legs are going"
When something turns out badly, when life proves to be a dissapointment. When somebody let's you down. Although the repeated idea that "One day I am gonna grow wings" could be interpreted as a sort of glimmer of hope, that one day things will be so much better, I think this is meant to be denial.
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