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We Suck Young Blood


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are you hungry?
are you sick?
are you begging for a break?

are you sweet?
are you fresh?
are you strung up by the wrists?

we want the young blood

are you fracturing?
are you torn at the seams?
would you do anything?
flea-bitten? motheaten?

we suck young blood
we suck young blood

won't let the creeping ivy
won't let the nervous bury me
our veins are thin
our rivers poisoned

we want the sweet meats
we want the young blood






i have trouble when it comes to finding the meaning behind alot of Radiohead songs, but this one really stood out to me.

To me the song is about giving kids prescription drugs. Are you hungry are you sick are you begging for a break. Children in america with learning disabilities like ADD & ADHD are looking for a break, as are their parents. all parents just want their children to do well in school, and when the child struggles, the parents do too. I beleive the song is speaking in the perspective of the corporations that sell the prescription drugs to the parents who give them to their children, hence "We want YOUNG blood". The song is at least about children or people who are weak. the line "would you do anything?" stands out to me as the parents answer for their children to succeed in school. they would "do anything". and since Thom and other members of the band have children now, this could be a sort of song about being tempted to give their children drugs if they ever have social, or school related problems.

hope that all made sense. it does to me actually. let me know what you think

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i dont remember exactly how thom uses it, but look up kid a documentary on youtube and watch the 5 or 6 videos. its on there somewhere.
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I think I remember Thom saying once that it was about young actors in Hollywood getting used up and spit out.
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13?

not to state the obvious here, but conor, you're a dumbass lol



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look back at the GP news archives December 30th 2002 :

"6)We Suck Young Blood

A song about the residents of Los Angeles where it was written. Funeral march pace, but with very tongue in cheek lyrics and a haunting piano."

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yea im pretty sure its about hollywood
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pedophilia? ive always thought it had sort of a disgusted-at-sexuality side to it, seeing as so many people are into younger and younger people. or maybe thats just me finding a meaning more in tune with what Im against...

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im not trying to find the true meaning behind the song, this is just what it means to me, mainly because i came to the conclusion on my own. i dont really care now what radiohead says it means. my interpretation is much more meaningful to me

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yeah, but what radiohead says is also valid and important, as they are sending a message, as they do with a lot of their songs.

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In one interview, Thom specifically uses the phrase "We want the young blood" to mock the advertising and music industries for preying on people who don't really know any better by offering all these buzz words and pretty pictures that sound and look good. The overzealous control-hungry capitalist machine, if you will. I think Thom is singing as a caricature of someone who subscribes to that culture, a ringleader even, since he uses "we". Like "come on, fuck any morals or ethics, we're gonna shake down these kids for all they've got. We want the young blood. We want the fresh blood."

P.S. I hate the song.

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I've always thought of the song as like a person who molests little kids, and captures them and ties them up and stuff. I dunno though, everyone has there own take on songs.

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I really, really hate this song

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this is the best halloween song.

also, as soon as i clicked this thread, it started playing on my ipod. wierd.
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Really really grew on me.
The crazy part in the middle should be a 4 minute song!
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this song is amazing. It's among the best for me.
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yeah, but what radiohead says is also valid and important, as they are sending a message, as they do with a lot of their songs.


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Really really grew on me.
The crazy part in the middle should be a 4 minute song!


Amen.

Was there any pre-HTTT demo or boot of this song?
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To me WSYB is about the Capitalist nation and how oppressive it is. Using young people as the subject just makes more of an impact and shows how early the need to succeed by any means possible (Would you do anything?) takes over.

I especially like the lines

are you sweet?
are you fresh?
are you strung up by the wrists?

It's a poetic sort of dissonance.

Love this song. One of my favourites.
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