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MY IRON LUNG
Found on: The Bends
Lyrics
Notes
Faith, you're driving me away  
You do it everyday  
You don't mean it  
But it hurts like hell  

My brain says I'm recieving pain
A lack of oxygen  
From my life support  
My iron lung   

We're too young to fall asleep  
To cynical to speak  
We are losing it
Can't you tell?   

We scratch our eternal itch  
A twentieth century bitch  
And we are grateful for  
Our iron lung   

The head shrinkers
They want everything
My uncle Bill  
My Belisha beacon  
The head shrinkers  
They want everything
My uncle Bill
My Belisha beacon   

Suck, suck your teenage thumb  
Toilet trained and dumb  
When the power runs out  
We'll just hum   

This, this is our new song  
Just like the last one  
A total waste of time  
My iron lung   

The head shrinkers  
They want everything
My uncle Bill  
My Belisha beacon  
The head shrinkers  
They want everything  
My uncle Bill
My Belisha beacon   

And if you're frightened  
You can be frightened  
You can be, it's OK
And if you're frightened  
You can be frightened  
You can be, it's OK  

The head shrinkers  
They want everything
My uncle Bill  
My Belisha beacon
Written the day Radiohead was forced to pull out of the Reading Festival in 1993 due to problems Thom was having with his vocal chords, this song comes off very bitter. But as it progresses, "My Iron Lung" seems to drive out Thom's angers about how the band's music was largely ignored - aside from "Creep." Thom has admitted in interviews that he is very proud of this song's lyrics; he felt he had perfectly captured the essence of what he was writing about.
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