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Radiohead — Sail To The Moon
Album: Hail to the Thief
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Total ratings: 582









Released: 2003
Length: 4:09
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I sucked the moon
I spoke too soon
And how much did it cost?

I was dropped from
Moonbeams
And sailed on shooting stars

Maybe you'll
Be president
But know right from wrong

Or in the flood
You'll build an Ark
And sail us to the moon

Sail us to the moon
Sail us to the moon
Sail us to the moon
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ambrebalte wrote:
Hauntingly, what a beautiful word
Exactly my feeling, not on earth anymore, the Moon, always
Please leave a comment for every song, yours are so nice to read.

this is one Radiohead song I've heard that I like.

dreamy......

I dreamt I was on a ship, floating through space, to the Moon, and this song was playing. 
 
this is the first Radiohead song I've heard that I don't like.

Ed O'Brien of Radiohead  by angela n.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/aon/
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 lemmoth wrote:

Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello ..... the list goes on of rock and roll vocalists who some on this board find they can't deal with.

Fine — go listen to Maria Callas.  This is rock and roll.  They all can't be Freddy Mercury.

Thom is the 5th instrument on every song.   Wonderful lyrics but more importantly the mood, the feel, the emotion.

He's a freaking genious musician IMHO.

 
Yup. And Thom is one helluva great guitar player too! Something I didn't realize until I saw them live. I always assumed Jonny and Ed were doing all the heavy lifting.
 MJMJ wrote:
Urban Dictionary

1.strangling a cat

when someone is singing very badly... 
as in the sound a cat would make if you where choking it.
(in a kareoke bar).. 

"Jesus Christ! Is someone strangling a cat?!"
 
 
Unfortunately, I've heard a cat being strangled, and it's nothing like this. There is NO sound that can be compared to the sound of a cat being strangled. Just stop using this as a metaphor. It's horribly offensive. I prefer "A very bad violinist."

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 Dave_Mack wrote:
And I'm not frightened of dying.  Any time will do. I don't mind.  Why should I be frightened of dying — there's no reason for it...
 
...to hear the softly spoken magic spells.

 MJMJ wrote:
Urban Dictionary

1.strangling a cat

when someone is singing very badly... 
as in the sound a cat would make if you where choking it.
(in a kareoke bar).. 

"Jesus Christ! Is someone strangling a cat?!"
 
 
1. twit
The kind of person that makes a retarded chimp look smart. They often can be found leaving definitions for their own name or the names of their friends on urbandictionary.com

Joe smith definition:
1: joe smith is the coolest man alive, look at me i wrote my name i am joe smith
2: joe smith is a twit



 MJMJ wrote:
Urban Dictionary

1.strangling a cat

when someone is singing very badly... 
as in the sound a cat would make if you where choking it.
(in a kareoke bar).. 

"Jesus Christ! Is someone strangling a cat?!"
 
 
well, it's your taste, but I would recommend to listen to York's voice more like to an instrument. The Radiohead music is worth to try.

 
Good song! I love me some Radiohead in the morning....{#Hungry}
Urban Dictionary

1.strangling a cat

when someone is singing very badly... 
as in the sound a cat would make if you where choking it.
(in a kareoke bar).. 

"Jesus Christ! Is someone strangling a cat?!"
 
 Zep wrote:
Just hauntingly beautiful.
 
Hauntingly, what a beautiful word
Exactly my feeling, not on earth anymore, the Moon, always


Just hauntingly beautiful.
 Dave_Mack wrote:
And I'm not frightened of dying.  Any time will do. I don't mind.  Why should I be frightened of dying — there's no reason for it...
 
live for today, gone tomorrow, that's me ...

This song should be retitled to " Sail to Heaven" cause that's where I go when I listen to it.
Fantastic song!
 handyrae wrote:
I'm sorry, but I just can't get past that voice. It's like fingernails on a blackboard.
 
Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello ..... the list goes on of rock and roll vocalists who some on this board find they can't deal with.

Fine — go listen to Maria Callas.  This is rock and roll.  They all can't be Freddy Mercury.

Thom is the 5th instrument on every song.   Wonderful lyrics but more importantly the mood, the feel, the emotion.

He's a freaking genious musician IMHO.

I'm sorry, but I just can't get past that voice. It's like fingernails on a blackboard.
radiohead is like fish eggs. an acquired taste?
 horstman wrote:
... you would be frightened as you are dying, especially if you are in a car accident, in a fire, being eaten by a shark or a mountain lion. That's worth being frightened and quite reasonable.

 
that's suffering, from which dying is a release.

 Dave_Mack wrote:
And I'm not frightened of dying.  Any time will do. I don't mind.  Why should I be frightened of dying — there's no reason for it...
 
When I was in college taking calculus 1, a girl in the front row asked the teacher if she had to take the final (she was great in class and the final was optional). The teacher looked her straight in the eye and said " The only thing you have to do is die". She didn't get it.

I fell out of my seat with laughter!

I think a more rational response would be  that you would be frightened as you are dying, especially if you are in a car accident, in a fire, being eaten by a shark or a mountain lion. That's worth being frightened and quite reasonable.

And I'm not frightened of dying.  Any time will do. I don't mind.  Why should I be frightened of dying — there's no reason for it...


albertgf wrote:
Radiohead music does not like everybody , we are lucky , sometimes is like a deep feeling , a mystic experience .
Some here would pick apart a bright sunny day in April because it's too bright, too breezy and they don't like the UV exposure. To each their own, I guess. Personally, I like being musically caught in the rain now and then. Helps cleanse the cultural palate and exposes me to new thoughts and emotions. And Bill, Radiohead - Sail To The Moon into God is an Astronaut - A Deafening Distance was an excellent old-school progressive radio-type segue. Thanks!
Hauntingly beautiful.... I can understand not being in the mood for something like this if you are not a die-hard Radiohead fan and unfamiliar with it, but music is emotional and perhaps one day, if you were experiencing the emotion are trying to express in this song, you'd relate to it and enjoy it better - as with all music. There is a time and a place for everything. I enjoy the emotional diversity of this station...
Radiohead music does not like everybody , we are lucky , sometimes is like a deep feeling , a mystic experience .
Listening to this in headphones is a real treat. There are tons of small production elements you won't hear otherwise.
gawd it's horrible.
Oh I LOVE this song. Just beautiful.
Jamunca wrote:
I really wish I could rate this 11. Aural bliss. Every second. Can't can't can't wait for the next album experience.
I wish I could rate it a -11.
Mute.
amazing and emotionally chilling song - love the piano
I like this loud and terrifying.
I really wish I could rate this 11. Aural bliss. Every second. Can't can't can't wait for the next album experience.
No wonder people call these guys gods. Perfect... 9.
I can't help it. I love it all.
I knew there was good music to come, bravo!
there is good music, bad music and horrible music, sometimes excellent music, but this is just bad for your immune system ...
I must be really tired, because I totally didn't hate that like I usually hate Radiohead.
:stop: :stop: :stop: :stop:
I don't like this at all, but per the comments below, I'll wait.
Monkeysdad wrote:
Time. I used to think of them the same way; I went out and bought 2 CD's on a trusted friends recommendation and once I played them thought he'd lost his mind. 2 years later I hear them here on RP and voila! all the sudden they can do no wrong.
A solid guess, but the princess is in another castle.
kapetto wrote:
You win the internet! That comment is right on. Radiohead is obviously not a no-talent band, so it's pointless to tear them down like one. It is entirely concievable, however, that one could hate their sound. Personally, I never liked them... until one day I REALLY liked them. Q: What was the magic ingredient?
Time. I used to think of them the same way; I went out and bought 2 CD's on a trusted friends recommendation and once I played them thought he'd lost his mind. 2 years later I hear them here on RP and voila! all the sudden they can do no wrong.
fnargle wrote:
Radiohead's like cilantro - depending on who you are, it's either the greatest thing you ever tasted or it's an experience akin to eating a bar of soap. I think it's quite a testament to the quality and diversity of Radio Paradise that it draws listeners from both camps. 8)
You win the internet! That comment is right on. Radiohead is obviously not a no-talent band, so it's pointless to tear them down like one. It is entirely concievable, however, that one could hate their sound. Personally, I never liked them... until one day I REALLY liked them. Q: What was the magic ingredient?
Yikes! I'm all creepified... *shivers*
You've got to be in the right space to listen to some of RH's songs - for instance if I was driving at night in my car I wouldn't want to hear this, but since I'm at work attempting to untangle why a phone trunk is down in Sonoma, then this song fits my mood perfectly. And I love cilantro
Man is this bleak.
p4jkafla wrote:
Whoa! Great tune!
Not bad, but as ever a shame about yer man's hideous whingeing, whiney voice. Wet haddock around the chops time again, I reckon. Radiohead would be fine without that awful high-pitched flat dirge polluting the instrumentals.
jah_blessed wrote:
:yawn: :whipit: Listen harder for longer, you'll get it yet!
:rolleyes:
oldviolin wrote:
It has some pretty painful and weird moments on it though.
No kidding. :think:
Right now....I'm diggin this tune....usually I'm not a big Radiohead fan.........
fnargle wrote:
Radiohead's like cilantro - depending on who you are, it's either the greatest thing you ever tasted or it's an experience akin to eating a bar of soap.
*giggles* ah yep.
Whoa! Great tune!
:yawn:
I think that I like this Radiohead record the most (Hail to the Thief). It has some pretty painful and weird moments on it though. Oh well, sad songs make me happy...
Okay, that's it - I'm going back to bed. :sleep:
Zep wrote:
The best single piece Radiohead have ever done. 11.
And still, a year (!) later.
The best single piece Radiohead have ever done. 11.
Radiohead have revealed little details about the new album to be released in 2006. I have written a couple of articles, including an mp3 of "Arpeggi" and video link for "House of Cards." (click here) (click here)
Nuance wrote:
Radiohead. the ultimate divider!
Oh no, I think those honors belong to Steely Dan.
RichardPrins wrote:
8)
What he said.
I sucked the moon I spoke too soon And how much did it cost? I was dropped from moonbeams And sailed on shooting stars Maybe you'll Be president But know right from wrong Or in the flood You'll build an Ark And sail us to the moon Sail us to the moon Sail to the moon
If I was comatose, I'd probably be pretty stoked about this song.
justDave wrote:
This makes my head hurt. I wish they would sail to the moon. And stay there.
Good one, dude! High five! :rolleyes:
8)
Radiohead. the ultimate divider! Most RH lovers have a long history with the band's music and have grown to love the uniquenes of Thom's voice & styling. We don't want perfect pitch and sugar-sweet tone. There's something raw & visceral about it.
I LOVE Radiohead, but I ALWAYS skip this song. Not their best. Plodding and tuneless. Usually their melodies are beautiful, not wandering.
I like the overall sound of Radiohead! What I have trouble with is the unsupported (by the breath) vocals. He is out of tune and YES whiney sounding. It doesn't make me dislike the band, just the lead vocals. I don't like Neil Young's voice, but the music and his message more than make up for his lack of intonation. Same goes for Radiohead IMO.
veegez wrote:
Pure poetry, no doubt.
I didn't curse, I didn't complain. I am even prepared to say I've heared worse than this from them Still not my cup-a-tea. And I don't hear no poetry.
fnargle wrote:
Radiohead's like cilantro - depending on who you are, it's either the greatest thing you ever tasted or it's an experience akin to eating a bar of soap. I think it's quite a testament to the quality and diversity of Radio Paradise that it draws listeners from both camps. 8)
I agree. Count me as seeing Radiohead as "bar of soap" music. I don't agree with the last sentence though. Just because you play moody music that goes on forever does not mean that you are a genius!! I can't wait until the "rein of Radiohead" is over. :moon: :P :frustrated:
Hate it Hate it Hate it.......makes me feel BLAH!!!!!!
Tux wrote:
How well said. I agree.
Pure poetry, no doubt.
Tizmself wrote:
:frustrated: Shut this trash off damn it. This crap gets on my nerves.
How well said. I agree.
phineas wrote: I find this song to be absolutely inedible. UncleRemus wrote:
:smirk: I guess to each their own, eh? I think this song is outstanding in every way. It reminds me faintly of David Bowie/Major Tom. It feels like Space Oddity has influenced this song in some subtle way. Outstanding.
Music is damned odd ---- why do I dislike this (though not all RH) because, to me, Yorke's voice is incredibly whiny, yet I like Neil Young, Ima Robot, that song "Carbon Kid"...... Ah the wonder of it all. :wink:
This makes my head hurt. I wish they would sail to the moon. And stay there.
Other worldly. Radiohead is amazing.
phineas wrote:
I find this song to be absolutely inedible.
:smirk: I guess to each their own, eh? I think this song is outstanding in every way. It reminds me faintly of David Bowie/Major Tom. It feels like Space Oddity has influenced this song in some subtle way. Outstanding.
Skeletor wrote:
I find this song to be absolutely incredible.
so do I.
Radiohead's like cilantro - depending on who you are, it's either the greatest thing you ever tasted or it's an experience akin to eating a bar of soap. I think it's quite a testament to the quality and diversity of Radio Paradise that it draws listeners from both camps. 8)
Tizmself wrote:
:frustrated: Shut this trash off damn it. This crap gets on my nerves.
I suspect you don't particularly dig Radiohead, Tiz? Just a hunch there, and your multiple posts on this and other RH tunes. Just wonderin'.
Skeletor wrote:
I find this song to be absolutely incredible.
I find this song to be absolutely inedible.
daveh25 wrote:
I sorry but he's off key. Maybe William Hung should cover this
If you're right, it was probably deliberate.
I sorry but he's off key. Maybe William Hung should cover this
:frustrated: Shut this trash off damn it. This crap gets on my nerves.
I'm a-scared.
I have to say that I love RadioHead, and all their work. Thanks, Bill G.!
fen9670 wrote:
Much of their stuff sounds just like what they are; overrated whiners :P
Yeah, there is the "whine factor", something the currently-heard Michael Stipe also has to contend with. But some of the musical turns that they accomplish, including a few instances in this song, are rare and beautiful, and make me realize their true talent.
Zeke19 wrote:
The unfortunate inference from repeat suggestions that Radiohead is somehow trying to nug off Pink Floyd's sound, is that somehow a band of Radiohead's talent would actually aspire to sound like Pink Floyd. Although this is not my favorite Radiohead song, Thom Yorke has more creativity and ability in his nosehairs than Waters and Gilmour combined. Furthermore, please note the lack cheesy saxophone solos in Radiohead's music. Perhaps if I could say the same for Floyd, I would still have listened to them after graduating from high school.
wow, the president of the Radiohead fan club listens to RP! nosehairs? damn, that's one talented little whiney guy!
Zeke19 wrote:
The unfortunate inference from repeat suggestions that Radiohead is somehow trying to nug off Pink Floyd's sound, is that somehow a band of Radiohead's talent would actually aspire to sound like Pink Floyd. Although this is not my favorite Radiohead song, Thom Yorke has more creativity and ability in his nosehairs than Waters and Gilmour combined. Furthermore, please note the lack cheesy saxophone solos in Radiohead's music. Perhaps if I could say the same for Floyd, I would still have listened to them after graduating from high school.
Hey man. Don't go there. Just because someone is ignorant enough to accuse Radiohead of ripping off Pink Floyd is no reason to slag Floyd. The truth is that Radiohead was influenced by Pink Floyd, just like a ton of other bands that are playing music today. It is a far cry to compare Thom Yorke and David Gilmour or Roger Waters. If all you know about Pink Floyd is saxophone solos, then it is apparent that you haven't really listened to them. Radiohead and Pink Floyd are two very different bands, that in my opinion are both great.
Some of their tracks are amazing. Then there's this.
I find this song to be absolutely incredible.
It still sucks.
Much of their stuff sounds just like what they are; overrated whiners :P
Talalala wrote:
If you like this you will probably like the band LOW or Mazzy Star.
Although I don't think it's bad, I was surprisingly (to myself) quickly bored of "Hail to the thief". Since you mentioned Mazzy Star: "So Tonight That I Might See" is now more than 10 years old. And still not boring...
Interesting range of comments... I think people either dig this kinda of mellow ambiance or they don't... I love it and love the textures and moods that Radiohead creates with their music... If you like this you will probably like the band LOW or Mazzy Star.
The unfortunate inference from repeat suggestions that Radiohead is somehow trying to nug off Pink Floyd's sound, is that somehow a band of Radiohead's talent would actually aspire to sound like Pink Floyd. Although this is not my favorite Radiohead song, Thom Yorke has more creativity and ability in his nosehairs than Waters and Gilmour combined. Furthermore, please note the lack cheesy saxophone solos in Radiohead's music. Perhaps if I could say the same for Floyd, I would still have listened to them after graduating from high school.
drH wrote:
Pink Floyd rip-off!!
Interesting comment. I like the song and I really think Radiohead are the dogs bollocks... but as this started, I thought, "oh cool, Floyd!"
This would be really good if it were Pink Floyd instead of these posers.
Hey Bill, I'd love to hear "The National Anthem" from Kid A. I didn't like the song when I first heard it, but it quickly became a favorite.
I've tried, I've really tried; I just don't get what everybody else gets about this annoying, whiny sound.
firm_stool wrote:
I love this song, great album too. Not many bands can compare with their material. I think their only peer at this point is Wilco.
Radiohead and Wilco? :-k
Pink Floyd rip-off!!
on a solar wind
mafe wrote:
Am I the only one who thinks they are the Pink Floyd of the 21st century?
Nice comparison but don't you think each of the bands are just too unique and talented to be in a catagory with anyone else?
I love this song, great album too. Not many bands can compare with their material. I think their only peer at this point is Wilco.
I've seen RH live 10 times, since they opened for REM to a few early comers, now they sell out every venue they play. They are a real band PROGRESIVE for sure. Listen to their first cd Pablo Honey and listen to their current stuff. They are REAL. In fact it's funny that RP.com is playing Pink Floyd after RH, because RH is my generation Floyd. Love both bands. UK rock/music is so much more advanced than the terrible bands we have in the US.
My favorite band and a wonderful song, and those who say Thom is whiny seem to miss how hauntingly beautiful and moving his voice is. BTW, the comparison to Coldplay is only valid in that Coldplay clearly imitates Radiohead's sound (decently, admittedly) as many bands try to.
This song shows RH's diversity and ablity to creat some great stuff.
Wish this was on the moon. In space, nobody can hear you scream......or listen to this crap.
An incredible track from an incredible album.
Am I the only person who could care less about Radiohead? They're a little tired. A little boring. I will give them credit, they have some good stuff, but I certainly don't revere them the way most people/media do. And no - Pink Floyd was consistently good.
Redbud wrote:
Heard this live in Atlanta this past Monday night. So lovely yet haunting. The simplicity of the melody, his voice, the way it builds. A wonderful song. Thanks for playing it!
More thanks from me. radio Paradise, indeed.
Down with whiny ass vocals.
I concur. This guy makes Morrissey sound like Debbie Gibson!
nice segue bill...good song
Down with whiny ass vocals. :frustrated: :frustrated: :frustrated:
They've done bugger all since 'Creep'.....
My favourite band. Glad to hear they're played quite often on RP. dl
mafe wrote:
Am I the only one who thinks they are the Pink Floyd of the 21st century?
They remind me very much of King Crimson. Very good song, but than again, most of them are ;-)
Haunting and beautiful. And the more I hear it, the more I like it. Especially loud, for some reason :clap: