"The people I saw one night in a bar in Los Angeles were just like demons from another planet. Everyone was trying to get something out of me. I felt like my own self was collapsing in the presence of it, but I also felt completely, utterly part of it, like it was all going to come crashing down any minute. It was that one night, really. There was a woman who was taking cocaine and was angry at someone that spilled a drink on her: There was a look in this woman's eyes that I'd never seen before anywhere. Couldn't sleep that night because of it. The lyrics came to me at five o'clock that morning. I was trying to sleep when I literally heard these voices that wouldn't leave me alone. They were the voices of the people I'd heard in the bar." - Thom Yorke
It's about being exposed to God, I dunno. Basically it's just about chaos, chaos, utter f--king chaos. The title was chosen as a joke. It was like, 'Oh, I'm so depressed.' And I just thought, that's great. That's how people would like me to be. And that was the end of writing about anything personal in the song. The rest of the song is not personal at all." - Thom Yorke
''I had so many people come up to me and say that they felt it was their song and someone told me at one point that they thought I’ve been reading their mail, they were saying “You seem to know my story” and people would come up and tell me about a car relationship and some detail that they felt was in the song that represented something that happened in their lives.'' - Thom Yorke
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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