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fitter happier

more productive


not drinking too much*

regular exercise at the gym (3 days a week)

getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries

at ease

eating well (no more microwave dinners and saturated fats)

a patient better driver*

a safer car (baby smiling in back seat)*

sleeping well (no bad dreams)

no paranoia

careful to all animals (never washing spiders down the plughole)

keep in contact with old friends (enjoy a drink now and then)

will frequently check credit at (moral) bank (hole in wall)

favours for favours

fond but not in love

charity standing orders

on sundays ring road supermarket

(no killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants)

car wash (also on sundays)

no longer afraid of the dark

or midday shadows

nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate

nothing so childish

at a better pace

slower and more calculated

no chance of escape

now self-employed

concerned (but powerless)

an empowered and informed member of society (pragmatism not idealism)

will not cry in public

less chance of illness

tires that grip in the wet (shot of baby strapped in back seat)

a good memory

still cries at a good film

still kisses with saliva

no longer empty and frantic

like a cat

tied to a stick

that's driven into

frozen winter shit (the ability to laugh at weakness)


fitter, healthier and more productive

a pig

in a cage

on antibiotics

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I have a few...

"on sundays ring road supermarket" kinda has bad memories of when I worked in a supermarket where all these mundane shoppers would do exactly this, round the ringroad of my city to the massive Tesco I worked at on a Sunday :disappointed: ugh I despised it.


"getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries" I just like the way this one sounds :lol:


"careful to all animals (never washing spiders down the plughole)" awww :nice:

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tyvm! :D







You probably need to listen to the whole album for it to make sense.


I quite enjoy it. I don't find it overly depressing. Kind of motivational in some ways, but in other ways its very modern and paints a picture of a computerized bland society that is lacking a pulse.


I didn't mean that the song was depressing in a bad way. More of in an "interesting" way. I like your little description. The "computerized bland society that is lacking a pulse" idea contributes to it being depressing (to me). Way back when I first heard Fitter Happier, I didn't really get it, but now I think that it represents the album well.

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I had a friend that once judged a debate that happened to be on pragmatism vs. idealism. Naturally thiswas the first thing I thought of. I probably quote it more than any other radiohead song. "a cat, tied to a stick, thats driven into, frozen winter shit"...

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