radiohead Lyrics

Just

Can’t get the stink off
He’s been hanging round for days
Comes like a comet
Suckered you but not your friends
One day he’ll get to you
And teach you how to be a holy cow

You do it to yourself, you do
And that’s what really hurts
Is that you do it to yourself
Just you and no-one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself

Don’t get my sympathy
Hanging out the 15th floor
You’ve changed the locks three times
He still comes reeling through the door
One day I’ll get you
And teach you how to get to purest hell

You do it to yourself, you do
And that’s what really hurts
Is that you do it to yourself
Just you, you and no-one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself

You do it to yourself, you do
and that’s what really hurts
Is that you do it to yourself
Just you, you and no-one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself, yourself, yourself.

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: March 1995
Found on: The Bends & Just single. Live version found on Just for College promo

Here Thom tells the story of how he once had a narcissistic friend he was compelled to elude. Musically, “Just” is considered the most complex track on the Bends album, and it proves beyond a doubt that Jonny’s guitar playing is original and superb. Thom says that it was something of a competition between him and Jonny Greenwood to see who could fit the most chords into a song. A live version of this track is available on the double-CD compilation Evening Sessions: Priority Tunes; while it captures the intensity of the song live, the original remains the best.

The single’s video was directed by Jamie Thraves, who was hand-picked by the band after they saw several of his experimental short films. It was shot near Liverpool Street Station in London, and intersperses footage of Radiohead playing the song inside an apartment with scenes of a middle-aged man who lies down in the middle of the pavement just outside of the apartment building. People start to gather, thinking that something must be wrong with the man, and the band are shown looking out the window at the events below. A heated (subtitled) conversation between the man and the crowd develops, as the people start demanding to know what the man is doing and why he is lying there. In subtitles, the man finally gives in and says, “Yes I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you why I’m lying here… but God forgive me… and God help us all… because you don’t know what you ask of me.” The camera zooms in on his mouth as the man finally gives the answer, but the subtitles have suddenly stopped, so the reason is not revealed to the viewer. As the camera zooms back out, it shows the pavement covered with the crowd of people, all lying down just like the man. Radiohead members have yet to reveal what specific words the man was intended to have said, if any, and Thraves has said, “to tell you would deaden the impact, and would probably make you want to lie down in the road too”. The video is available on Radiohead’s 7 Television Commercials DVD and the EMI released Radiohead: The Best of DVD.