Radiohead Lyrics

Prove Yourself

I can’t afford to breathe in this town,
nowhere to sit without a gun in my hand.
Hooked back up to the cathode ray,
I’m better off dead,
I’m better off dead,
I’m better off.

Prove yourself,
prove yourself,
prove yourself.

I want to breathe, I want to grow,
I’d say I want it but I don’t know how.
I work, I bleed, I beg, I pray,
but I’m better off dead,
I’m better off dead,
I’m better off.

Prove yourself,
prove yourself,
prove yourself.

I’m better off dead,
I’m better off dead,
I’m better off.

Prove yourself,
prove yourself,
prove yourself,
prove yourself.

Woh

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: February 1993
Found on: Pablo Honey. Alternate version found on Drill EP.

The first official single by the band, released only in the UK, this song looks very seriously at suicide. Unfortunately, like most songs that become popular, the meaning tends to get lost in live performance: band members were shocked to witness hundreds of kids singing “I’m better off dead” night after night. The version found on the Drill Ep is a demo; a much better, clearer recording was used on Pablo Honey.