BTK Photoshop Song Interpretation Assignment: And it rained all night (Burial Remix) – Thom Yorke

and it rained all night

We were tasked with the interpretation of two songs, not just the lyrics, but the feeling of the song itself.

I find this song to be quite dark and disorienting – each time I listen to it, I think of someone on the New York subway being taken to an unknown destination. In my mind, the subway car itself takes on a roller coaster quality, and the passenger has no idea in which direction the train is heading. Outside the car becomes the inside, and vice versa, all angles are suddenly visible in a kaleidoscopic view of the environment; anxiety builds as the passenger struggles to stay on course and to ascertain the possible threat of an oncoming train down the track. It is unclear if this is occurring in reality or only in the mind of the passenger.

Lyrics:

And it rained all night and washed the filth away
Down New York airconditioned drains
The click click clack of the heavy black trains
A million engines in neutral

The tick tock tick of a ticking timebomb
Fifty feet of concrete underground
One little leak becomes a lake
Says the tiny voice in my earpiece
So I give in to the rhythm
The click click clack
I’m too wasted to fight back
Tick tack goes the pendulum on the old grandfather clock

I can see you
But I can never reach you

And it rained all night and then all day
The drops were the size of your hands and face
The worms come out to see what’s up
We pull the cars up from the river

It’s relentless
Invisible
Indefatigable
Indisputable
Undeniable

So how come it looks so beautiful?
How come the moon falls from the sky?

I can see you
But I can never reach you

I can see you
But I can never reach you

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