Lotus Flower – Radiohead

Okay, so normally I would prefer you listen and ignore the video (lyrics below). Not today. You have to watch what must qualify as the best set of dance sequences ever. Thom Yorke possesses one of the great voices ever. Angelic, soulful, painful. Great band. Great, great song. Fantastic video. Ladies and gentlemen, Radiohead:

Lyrics here, more below:
I will sneak myself into your pocket
Invisible, do what you want, do what you want
I will sink and I will disappear
I will slip into the groove and cut me up and cut me up

There’s an empty space inside my heart
Where the wings take root
So now I’ll set you free
I’ll set you free
There’s an empty space inside my heart
And it won’t take root
Tonight I’ll set you free
I’ll set you free

Slowly we unfurl
As lotus flowers
And all I want is the moon upon a stick
Dancing around the pit
Just to see what it is
I can’t kick the habit
Just to feed your fast ballooning head
Listen to your heart

We will sink and be quiet as mice
While the cat is away and do what we want
Do what we want

There’s an empty space inside my heart
And now it won’t take root
And now I set you free
I set you free

Because all I want is the moon upon a stick
Just to see what it is
Just to see what gives
Take the lotus flowers into my room
Slowly we unfurl
As lotus flowers
All I want is the moon upon a stick
Dance around a pit
The darkness is beneath
I can’t kick the habit
Just to feed my fast ballooning head
Listen to your heart

What I love about the lyrics here is the dynamic of it. It says I want you, I can’t live without you, I’m letting you go, don’t go. You go back and forth between his obsession and hers. And nothing is clear. Nothing is set. And you can’t help but feel there is destructive energy between them that repels and attracts and repels again. But it all ends up with them together. Painfully, forever.

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