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Radiohead - Creep / Rock


Radiohead - Creep - Meaning of the song


Lead singer Thom Yorke says this is about being in love with someone, but not feeling good enough. He describes the feeling as, "There's the beautiful people and then there's the rest of us."


He explains:


"I have a real problem being a man in the '90s… Any man with any sensitivity or conscience toward the opposite sex would have a problem. To actually assert yourself in a masculine way without looking like you're in a hard-rock band is a very difficult thing to do… It comes back to the music we write, which is not effeminate, but it's not brutal in its arrogance. It is one of the things I'm always trying: To assert a sexual persona and on the other hand trying desperately to negate it."


On the other hand, guitarist/keyboardist Jonny Greenwood said the song was in fact a happy song about "recognizing what you are."


This wasn't released in the US until Radiohead's debut album in 1993. The band finished college and signed their record deal in 1991.

Yorke based this on a song called "The Air That I Breathe," which was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood in 1972. After "Creep" was released, Radiohead agreed to share the songwriting royalties, so this is credited to Yorke, Hammond and Hazlewood.


Creep - Lyrics


When you were here before

Couldn't look you in the eye

You're just like an angel

Your skin makes me cry

You float like a feather

In a beautiful world

I wish I was special

You're so fucking special


But I'm a creep

I'm a weirdo

What the hell am I doing here?

I don't belong here


I don't care if it hurts

I want to have control

I want a perfect body

I want a perfect soul

I want you to notice

When I'm not around

You're so fucking special

I wish I was special


But I'm a creep

I'm a weirdo

What the hell am I doing here?

I don't belong here


Oh, oh


She's running out again

She's running out

She run run run run

Run


Whatever makes you happy

Whatever you want

You're so fucking special

I wish I was special


But I'm a creep

I'm a weirdo

What the hell am I doing here?

I don't belong here

I don't belong here



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