Message 329: Open The Floodgates

don’t bore us
get to the chorus
open the floodgates
we want the goodness
without the bullshit
and no heartache
no pain and
no suffering and
no one gets hurts
we absolve you
we absolve you
open the floodgates


Message 328: “that a deal was reached??”

While you make pretty speeches I’m being cut to shreds.

Excerpt from Dead Air Space:

if you read in tommorrows headlines that a deal was reached?? remember it was nothing like what was needed and was filed by a bored complicit press who needed to show something for two weeks of crap.. and that it reflected the wests inability to lead decisively.

A headline from BBC News, on the site’s front page (as of Dec 19 4:45am Pacific):

UN welcomes climate summit deal

Saying a deal is “welcome” does not mean a deal was made, as the article makes clear. A quote from Ban Ki-moon:

We must transform this into a legally binding treaty next year.

In article:

The accord sets no goal for concluding a binding international treaty, which leaves the implementation of its provisions uncertain. It is likely to undergo many months, perhaps years, of additional negotiations before it emerges in any internationally enforceable form.

An image from Dead Air Space:


Message 327: Baby

“baby’s got the bends.” – the bends
“oh, baby burn” – maquiladora
“baby smiling in back seat” – fitter happier
“shot of baby strapped in back seat” – fitter happier
“living in times when i can’t stand it babe” – dollars & cents
“baby alligators in the sewers” – fog
“little baby’s eyes” – i will
“send baby jesus to radiate his light” – wicked child
“you’re either in the club, baby, or you’re not” – bangers and mash


Message 326: Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses, a History

2001 – 2005 ?: Rough video doesn’t sync with the music. But this is similar to the version I heard at The Gorge in George, WA on Saturday, June 23, 2001.

2005: At Methodist Central Hall, London, April 16, 2005 for the Wake Up to Trade Justice Vigil.



Message 326: Thom Yorke … and Flea

“in the past couple of weeks i’ve been getting a band together for fun to play the eraser stuff live and the new songs etc.. to see if it could work!
here’s a photo.. its me, joey waronker, mauro refosco, flea and nigel godrich.”

80s filter



Message 325: This Is Really Happening

waiting for something to happen. — “The Bends”
i wish that something would happen — “The Bends”
this isn’t happening. — “How to Disappear Completely”
this is really happening. — “Idioteque”
something big is going to happen. — “Go To Sleep”
we are accidents waiting to happen. — “There There”
i won’t let this happen to my children. — “I Will”
what happened? — “15 Step”
they’re not going to happen — “Nude”
no matter what happens now. — “Videotape”
nothing’s going to happen without warning — “Down is the New Up”


Message 324: Sayings, Part 2

Sayings. More:

  • ate me up for breakfast
  • judge, jury and executioner
  • skinned alive
  • put me in a home
  • freaking out
  • deaf, dumb and blind
  • spinning plates
  • feed me to the lions
  • bearing down on me
  • made for life
  • a total waste of time
  • killing time
  • what am I to do?
  • what are we coming to?
  • where do we go from here?
  • running away to the foreign legion
  • feeling pulled apart by horses
  • blow into a paperbag
  • get off my case
  • the best you can is good enough
  • i’m on a roll
  • wash all over me
  • like everything is fine
  • sorry is not good enough

Sayings are stopgaps.


Message 323: Like a Weapon

Song: present_tense.mp3.

lyrics Uncategorized

Message 322: Don’t Get Heavy

this dance
this dance
is like a weapon
is like a weapon
of self-defense
against the present
against the present
present tense

i won’t get heavy
don’t get heavy
keep it light
keep it moving
i am doing
no harm

as my world
comes crashing down
i am dancing
freaking out
deaf dumb and blind

in you i’m lost
in you i’m lost
i won’t turn around
[ ? ]
i won’t stop now
i won’t slack off
all is lost
will be in vain

stop from falling
down a mine
[ ? ]
[ ? ]
but all is lost
will be in vain

in you i’m lost
in you i’m lost
in you i’m lost
in you i’m lost

{ edited on 9.20.09 in response to comment; changed “distance” to “this dance” in the opening lines }

{ edited on 9.21.09 in response to comment; changed “stop from falling [ ? ]” to “stop from falling / down a mine” }

{ edited on 9.21.0 in response to comment; added “will be in vain,” and changed “all is lost’ to “but all is lost” }


Message 321: Sayings

Radiohead makes use of commonplace, familiar sayings—if that is the best word—in their lyrics. The usages of these is more marked in their later work. Below is a first attempt to gather those sayings with links or information to their usage.

  • cat get your tongue
  • chew the fat
  • baby (common rock lyric word, last appearance in The Bends)
  • Won’t take my eyes off the ball
  • living in a glasshouse
  • house of cards
  • knives out
  • The chink in your armor
  • the pot will call the kettle black
  • packt like sardines
  • off with his head
  • how am i driving
  • you can’t take it with you
  • climbing up the walls
  • caught on candid camera
  • you’re so last week
  • you and whose army?
  • bull(y) in a china shop
  • piss on our parade
  • don’t get any big ideas
  • high and dry
  • alligators in the sewers
  • watch your feet for cracks in the pavement
  • jigsaw falling into place
  • you do it to yourself
  • move along
  • tongue-tied

Sayings are in no particular order (for an as yet unrevealed reason). I am posting an incomplete list and will add sayings noticed by other users. These findings will be credited. Not all sayings found will make it into the list.

The sayings are, in themselves, uninteresting. But how they inhabit Radiohead’s lyrics is unusual. “We are hungry for a lynching” near “chew the fat.” “Piss on your parade” near “hammerheaded sharks.” “Tongue-tied” near a disease afflicting rabbits. The familiar leans against the strange in ways that defamiliarizes, but also makes the odd lyrics seem commonplace.

Note to self: use the word “defamiliarize” with caution, avoiding pretension if possible.