My 65th Favorite Song of All-Time

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…and my 65th favorite song of all-time is:

“There, There” by Radiohead

Thom Yorke is not necessarily known for his lyrics, which is stupid.  He doesn’t write straight-forward, but he writes intricate, suggestive, prose-like meditations.  “There, There” is a slow burner about the human desire to imagine a “higher power”.  Look at the range of thoughts on the issue that Yorke communicates with under 50 words.  Songwriters are amazing.  And listen to how the instruments build a tension without significantly increasing the tempo.  The final section, with the refrain “We are accidents waiting to happen” achieves a gut-punching crescendo without having to be bombastic.

Make sure to watch the official video below, it kinda gives me nightmares.  Also, below that is a live video, if you want to see how an art-rock band really throws it down.

In pitch dark, I go walking in your landscape.
Broken branches trip me as I speak.
Just cause you feel it doesn’t mean it’s there.

There’s always a siren singing you to shipwreck
(don’t reach out, don’t reach out).
Stay away from these rocks;
we’d be a walking disaster
(don’t reach out, don’t reach out).
Just cause you feel it doesn’t mean it’s there
(there’s always someone on your shoulder)

There, there!

Why so green and lonely?
Heaven sent you to me.
We are accidents waiting to happen.

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