Radiohead Lyrics

Jigsaw Falling into Place

Just as you take my hand
Just as you write my number down
Just as the drinks arrive
Just as they play your favorite song
As your bad day disappears
No longer wound up like a spring
Before you’ve had too much
Come back in focus again

The walls are bending shape
You got a cheshire cat grin
All blurring into one
This place is on a mission

Before the night owl
Before the animal noises
Closed circuit cameras
Before you comatose

Before you run away from me
Before you’re lost between the notes
The beat goes round and round
The beat goes round and round

I never really got there
I just pretended that I had
Words are blunt instruments
Words are sawn off shotguns

Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out

Before you run away from me
Before your lost between the notes
Just as you take the mic
Just as you dance, dance, dance

A Jigsaw falling into place
So there is nothing to explain
You eye each other as you pass
She looks back and you look back
Not just once
and not just twice
Wish away your nightmare
Wish away the nightmare
You got the light you can feel it on your back
[A light,] you can feel it on your back
Your jigsaw falling into place

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: October 10, 2007 digitally, December 3, 2007 CD & Vinyl
Found on: In Rainbows

Jigsaw Falling into Place“ is the penultimate track on the 2007 album In Rainbows. The song was released as the first single from In Rainbows on 14 January 2008, following the album’s “standard” physical release on December 31, 2007.

The song was previously known as “Open Pick”, a title it was given provisionally when it was performed during Radiohead’s 2006 tour.

The song has spent several weeks as one of the 100-most-played songs on US modern rock radio, so far peaking at #69, receiving more support than any other In Rainbows song with the exception of “Bodysnatchers”, which has hit #8 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart, and “House of Cards” which has peaked at #48.

The track reached #30 in the UK singles chart on its first week of release, their lowest ranking chart entry since “Lucky” in 1995. However, “Jigsaw” was the first Radiohead single since the band’s inception not to be released through EMI-controlled Parlophone, their former major record label. The single was instead released in the UK by independent label XL Records.

Time magazine named “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” one of The 10 Best Songs of 2007, ranking it at #5. Writer Josh Tyrangiel praised the song’s “tightness” whose rise in intensity he likened to a three-act play, and described the song as “a journey through flirtation, consummation and regret [that] gets about as close as you can to summing up a doomed relationship in four minutes.”

In an interview with the New Musical Express December 8, 2007, vocalist and lyricist Thom Yorke was asked if he’d experienced the night out he describes in this song first hand. Yorke replied: “I would never say it was personal because it’s always a set of observations. ‘Jigsaw Falling Into Place’ says much about the fact I used to live in the center of Oxford and used to go out occasionally and witness the chaos of a weekend around here. But it’s also about a lot of different experiences. Personally, I was really surprised that it’s going to be the single. The lyrics are quite caustic – the idea of ‘before you’re comatose’ or whatever, drinking yourself and getting fucked-up to forget. When you’re part of a group of people who are all trying to forget en masse it is partly this elation. But there’s a much darker side.”

The song was featured in the 5th season finale of CSI: NY in the episode entitled Pay Up.

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    this song is intoxicating