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Radiohead — There There
Album: Hail to the Thief
Avg rating:
7.6

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Total ratings: 3685









Released: 2003
Length: 5:16
Plays (last 30 days): 3
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
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)
(Don't reach out, don't reach out)''

Steer away from these rocks
We'd be a walking disaster
''(Don't reach out, don't reach out)
(Don't reach out, don't reach out)''

Just 'cause you feel it, doesn't mean it's there
''(There's someone on your shoulder)
(There's someone on your shoulder)''

Just 'cause you feel it doesn't mean it's there
''(There's someone on your shoulder)
(There's someone on your shoulder)''

There there!

Why so green and lonely?
And lonely
And lonely

Heaven sent you to me
To me
To me
To me

We are accidents
Waiting waiting to happen

We are accidents
Waiting waiting to happen
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Okay, yeah, Thom Yorke's intentionally flat voice doesn't take you everywhere, even though it's oddly satisfying, but I just raised this one to a 9 because of the guitar texture which is like nothing else.  How do they do that flat slapping sound no one else does?  This is a real band where every member gets credit.
Genius. Just genius..like all of their stuff.
My favorite RH song!  Love how it blows up into magnificence!
 derhey9416 wrote:
I have to admit that this is the first  Radiohead song that I have managed to listen to in its entirety. I  realise that it is a vastly unpopular opinion, but I have just never been able to get past the vocals. 
 
This sums up my feelings as well. Brilliant musicians, but Thom Yorke's vocals just aren't my cup of tea. This one was OK. 
"Just 'cause you feel it, doesn't mean it's there"   -- that eerie minor change always cheers me right up!  A real finger-snapper; "I'd give it a NINE, Mr. Clark because it has a good beat and you can dance to it." Also it's the theme music for my tragic divorce and resulting descent into madness and mayhem!
Good Tune! ...Radiohead is hit or miss for me. ...this is a hit!
 blueboots wrote:
There is a  lot of Radiohead played here, not enough (any?) Ezra Furman. Anybody else agree? He is pure talent and oh so under-rated :) ta
 
I have heard Better than Ezra though ;-)
I have to admit that this is the first  Radiohead song that I have managed to listen to in its entirety. I  realise that it is a vastly unpopular opinion, but I have just never been able to get past the vocals. The fact that I listened to this on headphones at work  probably has everything to do with it.  Great music, talented musicians, lyrically solid, just can't get behind the vocals. I 've resolved that it must be a personal problem  on my end, seeing as how everyone else seems  to be enthralled. Great drums, guitar on There There - so good in fact, that I barely noticed the vocals. I give it an eight, if nothing else, for getting me to reconsider my previous bias. And, to quote the late , great Mr. Zappa  "The music was Thud-like." which to me , has always been a good thing.
 whultman wrote:
Not bad, but not as good as some of their previous stuff... looking forward to hearing more from them
 
Fucking genius - cant stop moving
 spacemanspiff wrote:
Does anybody hear the Tragically Hip in this song?
 
I said something similar awhile ago, the music reminds me of Poets.
My oldest daughter's high school graduation present was to go to see Radiohead (of course I had to go along). When they brought the drums out front I knew we were in for a treat with There There.
Jees, this is still part of the 0.001% of the stuff I hear every day that still gives me serious goosebumps when the heavy bit kicks in.  Massive respect to the boys. And to RP for keeping my musical environment top of the tree.  
 spacemanspiff wrote:
Does anybody hear the Tragically Hip in this song?
 
ummm, nope
This is one of those songs that blew me away when I first heard it.  I still love it but I've played it to death. 
This tune is a "builder" gets louder as it progresses, excellent jam !
 frisbeepilot wrote:
A perfectly-built song. Starts lower and builds up, magnificently-crunchy guitar tone, hypnotic rhythm that feels like a heartbeat. One of their best, and that's saying a lot.
 
I bet you send great text messages! Fuck all those Radio Head haters, I don't even get it... like how can you not be moved by the symphony even if it's not your jam?
Slowwww  BurrrrrrRRRRRNNNNnn!
A perfectly-built song. Starts lower and builds up, magnificently-crunchy guitar tone, hypnotic rhythm that feels like a heartbeat. One of their best, and that's saying a lot.
 rezadent wrote:
The darkest days of the new century opened  with...Hail to the Thief.

20 year later and...

"The Hail to the Thief  lyrics were influenced by what Yorke called "the general sense of ignorance and intolerance and panic and stupidity" ...

I loved Radiohead then and I love them now. 
 
True in this time.
 TianGongZhong wrote:

I do not like very much Radiohead, because I have the impression that (nearly) all they release is "same but different". After reading your comment, I checked the song and waited for the "explosion" of the song as you call it. I did not hear anything like "explosion", there was kind of interlude and then the song continued basically in the same way as before.
Could you please describe a little bit more specifically what makes you think that the song exploded. It might help me understand better how die-hard Radiohead fans think. 
 
The drums get much more active and loud (guitars louder as well) around the three-minute mark and continue for the rest of the song.  I wouldn't necessarily describe it as an "explosion", but it is not "the same" as the previous three minutes either.
Stupendous. 10+++
There is a  lot of Radiohead played here, not enough (any?) Ezra Furman. Anybody else agree? He is pure talent and oh so under-rated :) ta
Builds and builds and builds. Brilliant. Love this song.
Does anybody hear the Tragically Hip in this song?
The darkest days of the new century opened  with...Hail to the Thief.

20 year later and...

"The Hail to the Thief  lyrics were influenced by what Yorke called "the general sense of ignorance and intolerance and panic and stupidity" ...

I loved Radiohead then and I love them now. 
..great..5 points from Germany
Just 'cause you feel it, doesn't mean it's there
 hells_bells wrote:
This is a brilliant song live.  The drum beat comes through much stronger.  it's an absolute belter.
 
Basically ALL of their songs are better live. They are magic. 
Nicely crafted piece of music.
Finally getting into the RnR Hall of Fame!
This is a brilliant song live.  The drum beat comes through much stronger.  it's an absolute belter.
Limited lyric, nothing good about that sound either, unless you like the feel of a badly mixed live gig with fuzz boxes
An important band. It's a shame they paved the way for much less valuable shoe-gazers selling this island as a miserable rainy nation of sad freaks working in call centres. I'm looking at you Snow Patrol.
They nailed it with this song. Just perfect.  The album is just fantastic, and I never really "got" any of the albums after this one until A Moon Shaped Pool.  Moon Pool is another great album, but it is so low key it will put you to sleep.  Great album, but just overall too slow.
Radiohead is one and only
Qué belleza terrible! pinte un cuadro de mi serie Lacertilios, con esta banda! 
This song is worth listening when the guitar kicks in. Till then you're tortured with Yorke's usual whining.
One of Radiohead's best. 
Unbelievable track, Radiohead is hitting every spot of my soul with their songs. This one is no exception. If you can't feel it, I'm truly sorry.
Genius, pure rythmic genius by the best band now working in the world!!!!!!
 LinThizzy wrote:
terrible recording
 
Actually the sound quality is quite excellent.
{#Dancingbanana_2} Ignoring the haters and just soaking in  yet another Thom Yorke masterpiece. 
 LinThizzy wrote:
terrible recording
 
terrible comment
terrible recording
 Totally agree mardisoninnc wrote:
This song is so perfect in so many ways.

 


This song is so perfect in so many ways.


"Go to Sleep" and "There There" are the two "surviving" songs from the album "Hail to the Thief" from the five songs previously selected by RP-Prodution since 2003. But something is missing here.
There is another essential song from this album that has been forgotten (say this way):
"Where I End And You Begin"  (The Sky Is Falling In)
They can not all be here, right?  Okay Chief.  :))

The chastity-belt

ethical choices about content and lyrics of songs

In my personal point of view, in a first phase, this position of the RP functions as a kind of self-imposed "chastity-belt" right from the start, which is a mistake, having as main consequences, in the first phase, the exclusion of certain songs with greater relevance and depth of content, of the factual truth of subjects of emotional, social, sentimental and poetic character, where the artists express their feelings and states of spirit. In a second, more serious phase, it excludes altogether the artists themselves.
And I say it is a mistake, because absolutely no one in the U.S., and even much less outside the U.S. can blame them for exposing the truths and concepts inherent in the freedom exercise of the arts in general, or of music in particular.
This is not why they will lose support and admiration, on the contrary, they will be even more respected and admired. And some who, dangerously dare to do so, through ignorance, shamelessness or unconsciousness, do not know how to live in freedom and are hostages, admirers and homesick of "worlds" that history has already extinguished. And if it is because to not scare or shock children and youngsters, it is useless because the younger people of today know much more than a certain adult population.

"Where I End And You Begin"

There's a gap in between
There's a gap where we meet
Where I end and you begin

And I'm sorry for us
The dinosaurs roam the earth
The sky turns green
Where I end and you begin

(2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, get to heaven!)

I am up in the clouds
I am up in the clouds
And I can't and I can't come down

I can watch and cant take part
Where I end and where you start
Where you, you left me alone
You left me alone

X'll mark the place
Like the parting of the waves
Like a house falling in the sea
In the sea

I will eat you alive
There'll be no more lies
I will eat you alive
There'll be no more lies
I will eat you alive
There are no more lies
I will eat you alive

.
Another exellent tune. Very beautiful set!
 lizardking wrote:

I also don't normally like RH - and this track is no exception!  I will double my rating though (from a 1 to a 2) and maybe eventually I'll be like everyone else (7.6 overall?) and actually like this track.  If I can only make it through the entire 5:16 to the end....which I did...and then I got my buddies The Doors (lol not The End) and "My Eyes Have Seen You." I'll take the Doors over RH EVERY day!

 
Well, you could be right. For me, this song truly starts about ~30secs before drums & guitars kick in. Too bad we have to listen to his usual whining just to witness the grand finale.
 midget wrote:
I don't normally like Radiohead (except for Creep of course) but this is really intense. Nicely done.

 
I also don't normally like RH - and this track is no exception!  I will double my rating though (from a 1 to a 2) and maybe eventually I'll be like everyone else (7.6 overall?) and actually like this track.  If I can only make it through the entire 5:16 to the end....which I did...and then I got my buddies The Doors (lol not The End) and "My Eyes Have Seen You." I'll take the Doors over RH EVERY day!
Hey!  This sounds pretty good.
Ugly sucking!
 midget wrote:
I don't normally like Radiohead (except for Creep of course) but this is really intense. Nicely done.

 
Ditto my take on RH. 
This is not only a thumper drone with cojones above their average, but it's pertinent and timely in its way.
 
I don't normally like Radiohead (except for Creep of course) but this is really intense. Nicely done.
 Sbed wrote:

when you see them live it's like you were hearing in black and white before, and then ou hear IT in full color.

 

 
{#Yes}  absolutely


Bang - 10!
8
maybe 9?
Dirge radio{#Yawn}
Bleah. {#Fight}
Greatness!
 wretched wrote:
From 'White Rabbit' to 'There There'... awesome! {#Dancingbanana}

 
Don't for get what the Door Mouse said "feed your (Radio)head".
 
 Sbed wrote:

We if you don't hear that, i think there  is a problem we can't explain 😉

 
Agree... it obviously just went BOOM...
From 'White Rabbit' to 'There There'... awesome! {#Dancingbanana}
 TianGongZhong wrote:

I do not like very much Radiohead, because I have the impression that (nearly) all they release is "same but different". After reading your comment, I checked the song and waited for the "explosion" of the song as you call it. I did not hear anything like "explosion", there was kind of interlude and then the song continued basically in the same way as before.
Could you please describe a little bit more specifically what makes you think that the song exploded. It might help me understand better how die-hard Radiohead fans think. 

 
We if you don't hear that, i think there  is a problem we can't explain 😉
 Synth80s wrote:
One of the lads' best post OK Computer moments. How can you not leap out of your seat when the song explodes about 2/3 of the way along? As impressive as Radiohead's recorded catalog is, you need to see them live to appreciate their talents. This is one of their studio recordings which comes close to capturing the power of their shows IMO?

 
I agree, if i can put an image on this,   when you see them live it's like you were hearing in black and white before, and then ou hear IT in full color.



 
 Synth80s wrote:
One of the lads' best post OK Computer moments. How can you not leap out of your seat when the song explodes about 2/3 of the way along? As impressive as Radiohead's recorded catalog is, you need to see them live to appreciate their talents. This is one of their studio recordings which comes close to capturing the power of their shows IMO?

 
I do not like very much Radiohead, because I have the impression that (nearly) all they release is "same but different". After reading your comment, I checked the song and waited for the "explosion" of the song as you call it. I did not hear anything like "explosion", there was kind of interlude and then the song continued basically in the same way as before.
Could you please describe a little bit more specifically what makes you think that the song exploded. It might help me understand better how die-hard Radiohead fans think. 
One of the lads' best post OK Computer moments. How can you not leap out of your seat when the song explodes about 2/3 of the way along? As impressive as Radiohead's recorded catalog is, you need to see them live to appreciate their talents. This is one of their studio recordings which comes close to capturing the power of their shows IMO?
 too PaoloManana wrote:
Radiohead is ok but  I don't like this song.
{#Snooty} 

 
Too bad. One of ther best.


Radiohead is ok but  I don't like this song.
{#Snooty} 
 shawnwu75 wrote:
I'm really surprised to see all the disdain for Radiohead. New to RP and just discovered the comments section. 

 
Welcome to the best radio station around. Sit and stay a while....{#Bananajam}
 maboleth wrote:
Music = great, interesting. His thinly voice = SO bloody annoying.

 
My sentiments exactly. 
I'm really surprised to see all the disdain for Radiohead. New to RP and just discovered the comments section. 
that drum man - that drum  {#Dancingbanana_2}
Fans of this song should check out the acoustic version - https://youtu.be/JSCvSMZUHiI
 Relayer wrote:
This was their last great album, and since they have just delivered decent work that really doesn't hold up as well.

Gotta agree with you, Relayer.
Subsequent albums had a going-through-the-motions feel to them, in my ever-so-humble opinion, of course.
 raga wrote:
Simply NO

 
And yet, there it was!

(Complicatedly YES)
Simply NO
For those that like this song, I would highly recommend checking out the acoustic version of it, if you haven't previously done so. It's quite good. 

https://youtu.be/JSCvSMZUHiI 
Music = great, interesting. His thinly voice = SO bloody annoying.
What the heck was all of that?
 coloradojohn wrote:
Sometimes this thing really grabs me and blows my mind; it instantly sends me back to where I was at the time, the science-fiction like places I was hearing it when it came out, while out & about drinking nightly and mightily in the off-kilter urbanworld of suburban Tokyo.

 
My experience is that drinking nightly and mightily is the mode in Japan. The Liquor College in Takatsuki, between Osaka and Kyoto, was a sort of education. However I dropped out due to the demands of the workload. There was no music that I can recall.
For those of us who dig it, I suspect it has a lot to do with harmonics; why we like songs like Starship Trooper, for example. Vibrations!
How is this song so highly rated? Sorry, but he whines wayyyy too much. Blech{#Ass}
Good song, however the Tragically Hip did the music on their song Poets, 5 years earlier.
Hubby and I, chair-groovin to R head on R paradise, while we study into the night. 
Thank you! 
{#Dance} 
Top 10 songs to jam to, loudly and angrily, on a drum set.
I like Radiohead even though sometimes they sound tired!
 ItchyJack wrote:
{#Eh} With all the really great music out there why does Bill insist on playing an inordinate amount of R head and Elbow..bleh.  oh and Iron & Wine

 
You've just named three brilliant bands, so there's the answer {#Rolleyes}
Not a huge Radiohead fan, and I do think they get more than enough airtime here on RP. However, this tune is not bad...good driving beat and haunting melody.
 ItchyJack wrote:
{#Eh} With all the really great music out there why does Bill insist on playing an inordinate amount of R head and Elbow..bleh.  oh and Iron & Wine

 
um because this is really great music that maybe you just don't appreciate.
All the seniors in my pottery studio are rockin' out to Radiohead!
{#Eh} With all the really great music out there why does Bill insist on playing an inordinate amount of R head and Elbow..bleh.  oh and Iron & Wine
 Poacher wrote:
We are accidents
Waiting waiting to happen

I'd love to be at a Radiohead gig with Mrs Poacher in front of a huge stack of speakers with this song playing for at least half an hour and some elbow room to dance with . . . because we would go totally bonkers.

 
We sure would go bonkers. But not in a good way. 

We are accidents waiting to happen?
Sorry, Radiohead heads, but I think many RH songs are accidents waiting to be music.
 
This was their last great album, and since they have just delivered decent work that really doesn't hold up as well.
RH? Time to hit the mute button.
We are accidents
Waiting waiting to happen

I'd love to be at a Radiohead gig with Mrs Poacher in front of a huge stack of speakers with this song playing for at least half an hour and some elbow room to dance with . . . because we would go totally bonkers.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Sometimes this thing really grabs me and blows my mind; it instantly sends me back to where I was at the time, the science-fiction like places I was hearing it when it came out, while out & about drinking nightly and mightily in the off-kilter urbanworld of suburban Tokyo.
 
Lost in Translation?
 ppopp wrote:
Brilliant song. Scary tune. Sounds a bit like Sabbath in a way.

 
Huh?   Not a metal head but I like Sabbath.  This is just annoying as all get out.  Song maybe good but the vocals just suck.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Sometimes this thing really grabs me and blows my mind; it instantly sends me back to where I was at the time, the science-fiction like places I was hearing it when it came out, while out & about drinking nightly and mightily in the off-kilter urbanworld of suburban Tokyo.

 
I love how music can do this...
Builds to one of their finest.  Superb.  Big fat 10 from me.
RH, and one of their best.
Sometimes this thing really grabs me and blows my mind; it instantly sends me back to where I was at the time, the science-fiction like places I was hearing it when it came out, while out & about drinking nightly and mightily in the off-kilter urbanworld of suburban Tokyo.
 CCinSB wrote:
Stop this whinny crap!
 
You think it sounds like horses?
F#CKIN AEWSOME BAND  !!!!!!!!!!!
Brilliant song. Scary tune. Sounds a bit like Sabbath in a way.
Stop this whinny crap!
 lemmoth wrote:
Just had to repeat myself

The vocal, and the incredibly expressive tone of Thom Yorke, on this fantastic song,  fits perfectly with the overall feel of dreadHis voice is just another incredibly expressive instrument in this band's amazing arsenal.

One of my top 10 favorite songs of all time, this one. 

 
Especially so on their song Optimistic.
All who would pretend to be alternative shall bow down to the Gods of Alternative. It is Radiohead. 
He's still whining ...
 MassivRuss wrote:


I agree. Yorke's voice inspires the "feel of dread". So it's dreadful. Glad we're all on the same page here.

 
I like to experience some feelings of angst, dread and drama in my music.  Life is not all shiny happy people, thank goodness.
 lemmoth wrote:
Just had to repeat myself

The vocal, and the incredibly expressive tone of Thom Yorke, on this fantastic song,  fits perfectly with the overall feel of dread.  His voice is just another incredibly expressive instrument in this band's amazing arsenal.

One of my top 10 favorite songs of all time, this one. 

 

I agree. Yorke's voice inspires the "feel of dread". So it's dreadful. Glad we're all on the same page here.
Brilliant song, wonderful album. 
Just had to repeat myself

The vocal, and the incredibly expressive tone of Thom Yorke, on this fantastic song,  fits perfectly with the overall feel of dread.  His voice is just another incredibly expressive instrument in this band's amazing arsenal.

One of my top 10 favorite songs of all time, this one. 
Not bad.  Its like it has guitars and stuff in it.  I remember when Radiohead used to do stuff like this.
 hanssachs wrote:
+1 - it gets worse every time Yorke pops up on the playlist.

 
kingart wrote:
Love the music. I can live without Yorke's flat off-key droning. Great production and power, but his voice kills just about every RH for song for me.  That, and their seemingly chronic downbeat view of existence. 

 



 
I'd have to disagree - I find his voice soothing and it totally fits the music. Each to their own.
+1 - it gets worse every time Yorke pops up on the playlist.

 
kingart wrote:
Love the music. I can live without Yorke's flat off-key droning. Great production and power, but his voice kills just about every RH for song for me.  That, and their seemingly chronic downbeat view of existence. 

 


 grant wrote:
The last two minutes of this song are a wonderfully dense maelstrom of chiming and buzzing guitars.
 
Maelstrom! I like it.

The last two minutes of this song are a wonderfully dense maelstrom of chiming and buzzing guitars.

I remember seeing them do this live and Johnny Greenwood delivered a particularly inspired distortion laden closing to this tune. 
 
It's great to finally find a radio station that doesn't bow down before Clear Channel!
And is willing to actually play a wide range of Radiohead! Thank you!!