Creep is a song written by Radiohead and included in their album Pablo Honey
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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.

Creep – Radiohead – Meaning

Thom Yorke says about this song:

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.

This song is the tale of an inebriated man who tries to get the attention of a woman to whom he is attracted by following her around.

In the end, he lacks the self-confidence to face her and feels he subconsciously is her.

 

  When you were here before, Couldn’t look you in the eye, You’re just like an angel, Your skin makes me cry, 

When he sees her, he is so overtaken by her appearance and by how perfect he thought she was.

He couldn’t thinks to bear to approach her.

He feels disarmed and weak in front of her.

Of her skin.

The perfection of her skin.

Which makes him cry.

 

 You float like a feather, In a beautiful world, I wish I was special, You’re so fucking special. 

The truth is that he is envious of her.

Of her beauty.

And the way people reacts to it.

She is everything he will never be.

Yes. In the beginning he is enchanted by her beauty.

But then he begins to feel a different state of mind.

A sort of envy.

Observing that beauty walking down the street.

And floating, and moving with grace.

In a beautiful world.

That is opposed to his world.

 

He starts to think that he’s just a creep.

Just a weirdo.

Yes. She’s so fucking special.

He says it.

And he’s not.

Who the hell is he for even thinking he could be with her?

The deep feeling of extremely low self esteem.

 

 But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo, What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here. 

The song is an ode to that beauty that he can’t reaches.

Instead this chorus is focused on the singer.

The protagonist.

A big statement.

A big scream.

About the conscience that he can’t escape away from himself.

He can’t escape from the way he is.

The sad reality is that he is a creep.

A weirdo.

He can’t stay with her.

And this way to think is a way that degenerates his state.

 

 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. 

All this lines are a way to show the big insecurities that the protagonist has about himself.

He wants to have control over his mind.

Over his heart.

And over his feelings.

He is really insicure, and he hope that if something could be different in him, the reaction of the girl could change.

A perfect body and a perfect soul in the hope that that could make her love him.

The warm feel of the ideal perfection.

Where nobody can criticize nothing.

He can not live with his imperfections.

Because knows that be perfect is a lot more simple.

You can’t do mistakes.

This song is all about this.

The deep fear of failure.

 

 She’s running out again, She’s running out She run run run run Run 

This is only in his mind.

Inside the mind of the protagonist.

He thinks that the girl rejects him.

He sees that she runs away from him.

Maybe because she is scared by him or by the situation.

This is the deepest fear of Tom Yorke.

The rejection.

This is the real reason of the existence of this song.

 

 

 

Conclusion

A great song. An iconic song for an entire generation. The deep feeling that this song generates, and the easy way to relate to it. A perfect mix crated by Radiohead. The perfect mix to made history of music.

Leave a comment or a different vision of the meaning of this song if you want.

 

 

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