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Song Released: 1996


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Street Spirit Lyrics

Rows of houses, all bearing down on me
I can feel their blue hands touching me
All these things into position
All these things we'll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out

This machine will, will not communicate
These...

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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th 2008 report

    Our fans are braver than I to let that song penetrate them, or maybe they don't realize what they're listening to.. They don't realize that 'Street Spirit' is about staring the fucking devil right in the eyes... and knowing, no matter
    what the hell you do, he'll get the last laugh...and it's real...and true. The devil really will get the last laugh in all cases without exception, and if I let myself think about that to long, I'd crack. I can't believe we have fans that can deal emotionally with that song... That's why I'm convinced that they don't know what it's about-Thom yorke

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2017 report

    i think it has all to deal with mindfulness. It's true that we are getting less mindfull.

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 18th 2017 report

    It's a song about Ben Okri's "The Famished Road"

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 13th 2013 report

    Seems to me this song is about heroin addiction.

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2013 report

    Ok...it's about the pressure that life brings him, from being him, form all of us being who we are. Bad? Streets bearing down on him, the pressure, anxiety/depression/paranoia etc, one day he'll/we'll put it into some sort of perspective and it just won't matter anymore, 'all these things into position, all these things we'll one day swallow whole'. Maybe perfection in death, as in the only time we'll feel peace and content is when we die? 'Fade out again', maybe moving from a depressed state into a lighter one, then back into depression again, or something like that?

    Cracked eggs, dead birds etc inside him? On the outside hes seeing this? Both? The pain and the suffering in everyone. 'World child form a circle before we all go under', fade out again...would be nice if we could be as one but not going to happen :/ nice thought but it just fades out again...

    This is a song about the harshness of reality, staring the devil in the eyes...ive been there so i can relate...to a degree :|

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 23rd 2011 report

    talks about the life you dont live and just leave behind without you noticing because time never stops and we´re now in this world but nothing lasts forever cause everything fades out and we can do nothin to stop this from happening. in short depression about seeing this changing world and desasters that weve been facing or we are to face.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 23rd 2011 report

    talks about the life you dont live and just leave behind without you noticing because time never stops and we´re now in this world but nothing lasts forever cause everything fades out and we can do nothin to stop this from happening. in short depression about seeing this changing world and desasters that weve been facing or were are to face.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 29th 2009 report

    you guys are all wrong. the singer claims that the song wrote itself, he was just the messenger. it's about seeing the devil and looking him right in the eyes.

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 24th 2006 report

    Tom Yorke's self admitted depression is what I believe is the basis of this song. He sees the darkest sides of depression "I can see death, can see its beady eyes"...but is hopeful near the end "immerse your soul in love" as a way to get through. Any thoughts?


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