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I'd like to ask about the lyrics.

Lena Mueller Lena Mueller (0) on 20/10/13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvB3vlerABk#t=1m48

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3-4fK8h8ig#t=1m45s

1. A lot of lyrics websites say that he sings "Remembering all the things you always see", but it seems to me, he sings "Remember me? I'm the face you always see". Could you tell me what you think about it?

2. Sorry, I'd like to ask your interpretation.

http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/48136/

"A smell of recognition/ A face you barely loved/ Empty all your pockets/ Because it's time to go home" Whose "face" did the writer imply, do you think?

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O.K., I just listened to Radiohead for the first time in my life...

Both YouTube videos began playing at the point of the "Remember" line you are asking about. I listened to the first one and would have sworn I had heard "Remembering all the things...". I listened to the second one and heard clearly "Remember me....". I listened to both songs in their entirety and heard only, and very clearly, "Remember me. I'm the face you always see." And the other version, "Remembering..." didn't appear to me anywhere, so you heard right.

I can't help you much with the poetic interpretation, sorry; I never did well at literary analysis, so avoided those classes when possible. If I had to say something, I'd say the face in the second line is probably the same face as in the first, so it's the face of the "I" of the lyrics. And "I" is addressing another person, "you", and it sounds like their relationship is feeling something like being stuck in an elevator (American English) or lift (British English) and not getting anywhere, up or down. Or "I" and "you" could be the same person. So if "I" is addressing himself, and the face he always sees is the one in the mirror, and he's felt trapped, he might be saying that he's about to be freed, leaving behind all the "baggage" in his pockets, and about to begin anew the rest of his life.

At least now I know what Radiohead sounds like, thanks.

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Lena Mueller Lena Mueller (0) on 21/10/13

Thank you very much. I really appreciate you thoroughly answering my questions. I'm glad that I could confirm my interpretation. I love Radiohead.

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