What does You And Whose Army? mean?

Radiohead: You And Whose Army? Meaning

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You And Whose Army? Lyrics

Come on, come on
You think you drive me crazy
Come on, come on
You and whose army?
You and your cronies
Come on, come on
Holy roman empire
Come on if you think
Come on if you think
You can take us all on
You can take us all on

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  1. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2019 !⃝

    I would like to understand the significance of his choose to reference the Holy Roman Empire.

    Is it about the hypocrisy of an empire forming in reverence to Rome after the area was historically an enemy of Rome, “You forget so easily” ? This could also reference the still culturally significant climatic rise and fall of Germany’s second empire under Hitler that harked back to the Holy Roman Empire. This would tie into the provocative us and them theme, but it’s not an obvious connection.

    Any opinions? I would like a better synthesised explanation if anyone has one.

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2018 !⃝

    Betrayal.

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 7th 2014 !⃝

    He's calling out the (un)holy trinity of the Holy Roman Empire; Washington D.C., City of London, and The Vatican. These are the three special administrative zones that run the West and he's calling them out.

    that, or it's a tune about one of his bros and they're fighting over some girl.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 1st 2012 !⃝

    It's really all about illuminati.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 20th 2011 !⃝

    For me a call against governments and corrupt cronies who think they own everything and can repress people by using force. It’s a challenge against those who think the security apparatus can defeat the peoples will

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 5th 2007 !⃝

    I think the lyrics in the song make it pretty simple to understand the main concept. Thom is speaking of a person he has some sort of a conflict with, and he is basically explaining that he's not intimidated by this person. "You and whose army," is a line that is commonly used in a similar situation. At the end, "We ride tonight, white horses," describes that he is actually the one on the better end of things and that he's on the pedestal. Of course, this would probably be about a specific situation that I don't know about, but it makes sense when you read the lyrics:

    Come on, come on
    You think you drive me crazy
    Come on, come on
    You and whose army?
    You and your cronies
    Come on, come on
    Holy roman empire
    Come on if you think
    Come on if you think
    You can take us all on
    You can take us all on

    You and whose army?
    You and your cronies

    You forget so easily
    We ride tonight
    We ride tonight
    Ghost horses
    Ghost horses
    Ghost horses
    We ride tonight
    We ride tonight
    Ghost horses
    Ghost horses
    Ghost horses..


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