Creep Creep 9.5分

Song Analysis

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Ø Background

<Creep> is a song created by the band Radiohead in 1992. It is an Alternative Rock song, which is a type of rock music popular in the 1990s and 2000s and is separated from mainstream music. The lyric of this song was written by the Vocal of the band Thom Yorke with the inspiration of a girl he liked.

Ø Music

The music begins with a relaxing tempo and a leisure tone as the prelude, accompanied with sequential drum beats and steady guitar sound. Vocal’s voice is also as calm as telling a story.

As the song proceeds towards its refrain, every musical instrument goes in crescendo at the same time and pushes the emotion into the first small climax. After the line “you are so special”, there are two quick sounds of distortion of the electric guitar, as if it is a hoarse accusation from the speaker towards the situation the song depicts. Along with the acoustic guitar playing the clear chords, the distortion forms a sharp cont...

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Ø Background

<Creep> is a song created by the band Radiohead in 1992. It is an Alternative Rock song, which is a type of rock music popular in the 1990s and 2000s and is separated from mainstream music. The lyric of this song was written by the Vocal of the band Thom Yorke with the inspiration of a girl he liked.

Ø Music

The music begins with a relaxing tempo and a leisure tone as the prelude, accompanied with sequential drum beats and steady guitar sound. Vocal’s voice is also as calm as telling a story.

As the song proceeds towards its refrain, every musical instrument goes in crescendo at the same time and pushes the emotion into the first small climax. After the line “you are so special”, there are two quick sounds of distortion of the electric guitar, as if it is a hoarse accusation from the speaker towards the situation the song depicts. Along with the acoustic guitar playing the clear chords, the distortion forms a sharp contrast with the chord, and the contrast represents the conflict between tranquil and wild, love and hate as well as harmony and fighting.

Another emotional climax appears from the line “she is running out again” to “she runs, runs, runs, runs…” This part of the music contains the strongest emotional appeal from the speaker. The vocal part reaches both the highest and the longest note of the song, which shows the sad, hopeless, self-abased and frantic emotions of the speaker who is not able to change the situation and gets what he wants.

After this climax, the music suddenly goes low and returns to the “telling-story” tone again. However, this calm emotion differs from the beginning because this part is more like a stage of compromising after realizing the truth.

In general, the music of this song is very emotional and the shifts in tone are always shown with multiple changes such as volume and sound effect in musical instruments and the vocal.

Ø Lyric

This song depicts how a boy reacts when he realizes his incompetence in pursuit his love, which then results in his internalizing the problem into himself and an accusation towards destiny.

In the first part of the lyric, the speaker thoroughly describes the girl he saw once. This girl is compared to “an angel” and “a feather” in the speaker’s mind, which illustrates a perfect, pure, saint and flawless figure. It can be seen that the speaker is deeply attracted to this girl and this becomes one of the reasons why the speaker feels unconfident later on.

The speaker then develops his emotion towards this girl as he gradually realizes his mediocrity and inability of attracting the girl. He describes his situation that he sees the girl as extraordinarily special while he is not special enough to get the girl’s attention. And through this realization, he even feels enraged and resentful in a way that he starts to blame himself for not having “a perfect body” and “a perfect soul.” Next, not only does the boy desire the girl’s notice by wishing for a perfect figure in front of her, but also does he start to think that he is doing wrong things which drive the girl away from him. By the use of repetition of the word “run”, the speaker is put on the edge of an emotional collapse. The lines “whatever makes you happy” and “whatever you want” indicate him being willing to give in anything to satisfy his girl, implying that his fragile heart cannot stand his strong emotions towards the girl anymore, so he compromises to his destiny.

The theme of the lyric is emphasized by the repeating lines “I am a creep. I am a weirdo.” This line is so strong that becomes the moments where touch the audience the most. An indication of the speaker’s self denial and self abasement is incisively expressed. Everyone may become a creep to themselves when struggling with uncontrollable emotions towards fancy destinations, yet all what is left is the loneliness and resent brought by the realization of one’s inability.

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