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The Bends is the title track off of Radiohead's second album, The Bends.

History

The Bends is named after the affliction that scuba divers may suffer from if they resurface too quickly after diving without depressurizing. In this case, the song uses it as a metaphor for rising too quickly in fame, and becoming unstable.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Where do we go from here?
The words are coming out all weird
Where are you now
When I need you?
Alone on an airplane
Falling asleep against the window pane
My blood will thicken

[Verse 2]
I need to wash myself again
To hide all the dirt and pain
Cause I'd be scared that there's nothing underneath
But who are my real friends?
Have they all got the bends?
Am I really sinking this low?

[Hook]
My baby's got the bends
Oh no
We don't have any real friends
No, no, no

[Chorus]
Just lying in the bar with my drip feed on
Talking to my girlfriend, waiting for something to happen
I wish it was the '60s, I wish I could be happy
I wish, I wish
I wish that something would happen

[Verse 3]
Where do we go from here?
The planet is a gunboat in a sea of fear
And where are you?
They brought in the CIA
The tanks and the whole marines
To blow me away
To blow me sky high

[Hook]
My baby's got the bends
We don't have any real friends

[Chorus]
Just lying in the bar with my drip feed on
Talking to my girlfriend, waiting for something to happen
I wish it was the '60s, I wish I could be happy
I wish, I wish
I wish that something would happen

[Bridge]
I wanna live, breathe
I wanna be a part of the human race
I wanna live, breathe
I wanna be a part of the human race
Race, race, race

[Outro]
Where do we go from here?
The words are coming out all weird
Where are you now
When I need you?