Radiohead Lyrics

Backdrifts

We’re rotten fruit
We’re damaged goods
What the hell, we’ve got nothing more to lose
One gust and we will probably crumble
We’re backdrifters

This far but no further
I’m hanging off a branch
I’m teetering on the brink
Oh honey sweet
So full of sleep
I’m backsliding

You fell into our arms
You fell into our arms
We tried but there was nothing we could do
Nothing we could do

All evidence has been buried
All tapes have been erased
But your footsteps give you away
So you’re backtracking

Ah ah ah
You fell into our arms
You fell into our arms
We tried but there was nothing we could do
Nothing we could do
You fell into our, ah
You fell into a

We’re rotten fruit
We’re damaged goods
What the hell, we’ve got nothing more to lose
One gust and we will probably crumble
We’re backdrifters

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: June 2003
Found on: Hail to the Thief

The song’s alternative title is “Honeymoon is Over”.



  • This song is about heroin addiction………..

  • Beebaa63

     says who ?

  • This far but no further
    I’m hanging off a branch
    I’m teetering on the brink
    Oh honey sweet
    So full of sleep
    I’m backsliding

    its always your ‘last’ hit when you have had a hit and feel that sweet relief from the DT, you know you have to stop but really you know your going backwards not forwards……..

    You fell into our arms
    You fell into our arms
    We tried but there was nothing we could do
    Nothing we could do

    That is self explanatory. all heroin users who inject start with their arms, as the veins slowly disappear and you move onto other more dangerous areas such as your groin you know you need to stop but its a losing battle, its got you.

    We’re rotten fruit
    We’re damaged goods
    What the hell, we’ve got nothing more to lose
    One gust and we will probably crumble
    We’re backdrifters

    This is how you feel about your self when you are hooked on heroin, its also how the rest of society looks at you, you feel like you have gone so low down, damaged your body so much, what is the point of stopping now? nothing more to lose……………

    All evidence has been buried
    All tapes have been erased
    But your footsteps give you away
    So you’re backtracking

    even when you get off the drug, it never really leaves you, its always there. the ‘footprints’ to me are the track marks on your arms, hands, and other parts of your body that are left from injecting the drug on a daily basis for so many years. Its a constant reminder to you self and a give away to others of your past, and the urge to go back never leaves no matter how far you’ve come…………….

    I am an ex-addict, heroin nearly killed me, it did kill 5 of my friends. The song may not actually be about this, but to me it is, and it helps me to think it is.

  • Victor Escobar

    Okay, so this is how I interpret this song.

    For me this song is about a person who despite having a morally corrupt background tries his best to be a “good” person, but gives in to the circumstances of such an “easy” but dishonest “come-up”.

    Despite his honest efforts to lead a moral existence, he can’t help but fall into his familiar pattern of moral corruptness due to extremely tempting circumstances. Basically, he gives in (backdrifting) knowing that it’s the perfect “crime” and no one will find out. The person is “Backdrifting” morally due to tempting circumstances.

    ==========================================================
    (We’re rotten fruit
    We’re damaged goods
    What the hell, we’ve got nothing more to lose
    One gust and we will probably crumble
    We’re backdrifters)

    -This here is the logical rationalization of giving in to the temptation

    [example: “Everybody already thinks I’m a P.O.S. – trust takes too much time to gain back, it almost feels not worth it. Why not just be what you expect me to be, I’ve got nothing else to lose”]

    ===========================================================

    (This far but no further I’m hanging off a branch
    I’m teetering on the brink
    Oh honey sweet
    So full of sleep
    I’m backsliding)

    -This part is where he recognizes that he is compromising all the work he may have done in trying to be a better person and that he is figuratively hanging off a branch that could break and ruin all of his work, if anyone were to find out.

    [example: “I’m going to do this… just this and then I’m done. So I will indulge in this “honey sweet”… so full of what brings me the comfort I remember. I’m backsliding.”]

    ==========================================================
    (You fell into our arms
    You fell into our arms
    We tried but there was nothing we could do
    Nothing we could do)

    – Here he is describing the tempting circumstances/opportunity as simply “falling into his arms” as if it were a gift from fate.

    [example: “My god I want to be a good person, but how can I turn down such an easy opportunity? This chance of fate just fell into my arms, I wish I were a stronger person but there is nothing else I could do… I’m weak”]

    ============================================================
    (All evidence has been buried
    All tapes have been erased
    But your footsteps give you away
    So you’re backtracking)

    – Here he has done it! The perfect crime… no one will ever find out. The only problem is that his conscience gives him away. His “footsteps” or rather his actions and how he carries himself has changed and his guilt is making him act suspiciously. Because of this he is forced to constantly guard from suspicion. “Be Still my Telltale Heart!”

    ============================================================

    (Ah ah ah

    You fell into our arms
    You fell into our arms
    We tried but there was nothing we could do
    Nothing we could do
    You fell into our, ah
    You fell into a

    We’re rotten fruit
    We’re damaged goods
    What the hell, we’ve got nothing more to lose
    One gust and we will probably crumble
    We’re backdrifters)

    – Here he keeps repeating to himself that his actions were out of his control. He wants to exonerate himself from the guilt, repeating that “you fell into our arms”… there was “nothing we could do”. Of course no amount of lying to himself can erase the deep-seated belief that he thinks he is no good and that he will always be at the mercy of the slightest “gust” of circumstances that will “force” him to fall into the same immoral behavior.

    For me this is a pretty sad song about the vicious cycle of self-hatred. This is why addicts have such a hard time being virtuous… when people believe that they are “no good” it facilitates immoral behavior that further strengthens their belief that they are “no good”. It’s like being trapped in blackhole of self loathing.

    Anyways, that’s my 2 cents.

    -Victor Escobar