The number of hits for this blog has gone up, not dramatically, but nonetheless noticeably, since I wrote an analysis of “Just”. There are lots of people who want to know what the man says. Why do they all lie down? What could he possibly say to make them do that?
The answer is… well, nobody knows. Radiohead certainly aren’t saying. I’ve read various suggestions – “Down is the new up” (which is the name of a then-unpremiered and still-unreleased Radiohead song), perhaps? Or maybe “Radiohead are playing in a flat up there, and if you lie down on the ground and tilt your head like this, you can hear them through the pavement”?
We don’t know, and the frequent cuts mean you can’t lipread it. For all we know it’s gibberish.
But that’s not the point. It’s all about your interpretation. What do you think he says? That’s what makes it clever.
Personally, I would say that what he says doesn’t matter. It’s the effect it has on the people who hear it that’s important. He had a good reason for lying there, and wouldn’t tell them what that was because he didn’t want to put them through it as well. They pressed him, and they paid the price for their curiosity. They did it to themselves, and that’s what really hurts.
So just be grateful you don’t know, else you’d lie down on the pavement too…