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Radiohead — Lotus Flower
Album: The King of Limbs
Avg rating:
7.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1978









Released: 2011
Length: 4:55
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I will shape myself into your pocket
Invisible, do what you want, do what you want
I will shrink 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 weeds take root
So now I'll set you free, I'll set you free
There's an empty space inside my heart where the weeds take root
Tonight I'll set you free, I'll set you free

Slowly we unfurl as lotus flowers
'Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
Just to see what it is, just to see what is I can't kick the habit
Just to feed your fast ballooning head, listen to your heart

We will shrink and be quiet as mice while the cat is away
Do what we want, do what we want
There's an empty space inside my heart where the weeds take root
So now I set you free, I set you free

'Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
Just to see what if, just to see what is
Put the lotus flower into my room
Slowly we unfurl as lotus flowers
'Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
I dance around a pit, the darkness is beneath, I can't kick your habit
Just to feed your fast ballooning head, listen to your heart
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The video for this song is even better than the song. Check it out.
Oh no, 2011, no way, it's only a couple of years ago surely, but this always reminds me of the collabaration (?) with P.J Harvey on her "This mess we're in" from the year 2000.
 aspicer wrote:
Always engaging this one....
 

Agree I do....
pure shite.
Great stuff ...Solid 8
 kellipeter05 wrote:
Whine whine whine.....is the song over yet so I can turn the volume back up?{#Frustrated}

 
"Cause I'm a creep" - in his own words. Couldn't have said it better myself.
Love Radiohead!
 jkamm14 wrote:
I'm okay with this song, except when Thom Yorke occasionally shakes that box of pasta in my right ear. 
 

 
LOL. I was thinking the same thing!  Probably sounds worse when you're wearing headsets.
 

 
 kellipeter05 wrote:
Whine whine whine.....is the song over yet so I can turn the volume back up?{#Frustrated}

  

slandering wrote:

correct! Radiohead ist an interesting band but their songs are quite similar. Therefore in my opinion you play them to often Bill

 


Gif of earnest young man in gray suit from 50s-60s film saying "Thank you thank you again and again!"


Voices of reason in a sea of warble-angst insanity. I would happily buy a desert island for Thom Yorke if I could strand him there. 
Always engaging this one....
 jkamm14 wrote:
I'm okay with this song, except when Thom Yorke occasionally shakes that box of pasta in my right ear. 

 
Eeoww!! Lotus flower!
Played U2's Pop the other day; couldn't help but notice: seems lots of similar experimental vibes going on in this one — and I LIKE it!
 kellipeter05 wrote:
Whine whine whine.....is the song over yet so I can turn the volume back up?{#Frustrated}

 
correct! Radiohead ist an interesting band but their songs are quite similar. Therefore in my opinion you play them to often Bill
I really dislike this mix. The percussive effects are WAY too loud, taking over the song IMO. Too bad, as it might be a decent tune otherwise, but I can't take the thrashing in my ears ...
Whine whine whine.....is the song over yet so I can turn the volume back up?{#Frustrated}
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Very interesting... some genius into this.

 
A bump, and an 'AMEN!' 
Cause all of I want is the moon upon a stick... Just to see what is... 
The Bassline is so captivating. One of my favorite Radiohead tunes. I ll go for a solid 8.
It would be interesting to hear this sung by James Dewar, someone with some vocal gravitas.
I dig this for the deep growly bass. The rest is OK enough.
Painful - I'll take nails on a chalkboard over this.  Time for the PSD button!
I'm okay with this song, except when Thom Yorke occasionally shakes that box of pasta in my right ear. 
 
As they say: meh.
 
 kcar wrote:
Some Radiohead I like, other songs not so much. But I ask this without spite or snarkiness: what does Thom Yorke's normal, unforced singing voice sound like? 

 
I don't know kcar, but I am sure there is a course just for you somewhere.
 coloradojohn wrote:
This Lotus Flower thing can really catch you by surprise sometimes, and get the fuzz between all the synapses glowing incandescent...

 
What a beautiful way to put it. Exactly how I feel right now.
This Lotus Flower thing can really catch you by surprise sometimes, and get the fuzz between all the synapses glowing incandescent...
Hauntingly beautiful song. 
Amazing song
 paradisepig wrote:
Heard this a few times now and I have change my mind .....I FREAKKIN LOVE IT......{#Daisy}{#Sunny}{#Daisy}

 
Watch the video!
Heard this a few times now and I have change my mind .....I FREAKKIN LOVE IT......{#Daisy}{#Sunny}{#Daisy}
 Tana wrote:
Back to comment on this song yet again. It was hands-down my favorite song of 2012 and I still adore it. Is there nothing higher than a 10?
 
Yes. . . a 10 and a positive comment :)
I just love it..I love everything about Radiohead. So deep
Very interesting... some genius into this.
 Sasha2001 wrote:

As Dori tells Marlon in that zen classic "Finding Nemo," sometimes you just have to "let go." Stop trying to fit this great band into that 1997 box you still have lying around, Its 2014.
 
Good point.  Maybe I'm turning into my Dad.  Now, where did I put that box.....
transforming
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Find it difficult to rate this as I love Radiohead but hate this kind of percussion they are using these days.  It might grow on me, it might not.  Certainly wouldn't buy it.

 
As Dori tells Marlon in that zen classic "Finding Nemo," sometimes you just have to "let go." Stop trying to fit this great band into that 1997 box you still have lying around, Its 2014.
7>>>8
Back to comment on this song yet again. It was hands-down my favorite song of 2012 and I still adore it. Is there nothing higher than a 10?
{#Hearteyes}
Find it difficult to rate this as I love Radiohead but hate this kind of percussion they are using these days.  It might grow on me, it might not.  Certainly wouldn't buy it.
{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}    8 >>>>>>>>>>> 9
PERFECT continuation of Feist's "Long Wind" vibe... As usual, I'm getting blown away by RP, on a sunny Colorado Saturday; so nice!
♥ ♥ ♥
Yeah, Bill is on a roll! all 9 n 10s! Had to get on to show some support! Happy Holidays!
Secret Alphabet from Kasabian, We Float from PJ Harvey, and now Lotus Flower from Radiohead! Amazing program tonight!
 Sasha2001 wrote:
I think this is among their best work. I'm probably in a small camp on that score, but id argie that there are many lovely, disturbing musical pieces at work in this song and they all fit together so well. Even his voice is lovely. 
 
agree completely. Lovely and haunting.
I think this is among their best work. I'm probably in a small camp on that score, but id argie that there are many lovely, disturbing musical pieces at work in this song and they all fit together so well. Even his voice is lovely. 
 kcar wrote:
Some Radiohead I like, other songs not so much. But I ask this without spite or snarkiness: what does Thom Yorke's normal, unforced singing voice sound like? 
Actually, I think that is his normal voice (not the falsetto part, o' course). Lots of people seem to hate it. I dig it, but that might have to do with the fact that I like the band a lot.
Oh God! I have listened to this for hours. Insane I know.
Some Radiohead I like, other songs not so much. But I ask this without spite or snarkiness: what does Thom Yorke's normal, unforced singing voice sound like? 

 I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...  I got burned at the stake here in paradise by an angry mob of unsophisticated tone-deaf peasants... 

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song...  it tweaks our nipples...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
{#Clap}
{#Foot-in-mouth}
 olivertwist wrote:

Yup, BillG banished RT due to his antics in the forum. There's been a lot of drama over there lately.
 

All the interesting people in the RAFT got voted off the island by the Facebook gang...  they are all that's still there...  love this song...
 
 Jazbo wrote:
The video gives me the creeps....

 
I LUV this video!!
If this is your blend of Radiohead can i suggest the new Thom solo (AMOK) album Atoms For Peace.

Very much towards the more 'scratchy' end of their spectrum. And very good. 
Still my favorite song to run to. {#Good-vibes}
The video gives me the creeps....
Thank you, PSD Fairy.
I love this song and the video is amazing!!  Thanks RP!!
Aaaaahhhh, at last, Radiohead.
 rdo wrote:


I have always suspected the reason the song comment board is rather tame is because people have to live, over and over and over, with what they write here for as long as they want to keep reading and posting here.  It's a never ending merry-go-round here.  On other boards you write a screed or rant and then everyone just moves on to the next topic.  Not so here.  I know I am shocked and embarrassed by about 99% of the posts I make here. I read these things I write and I'm like, What a freaking idiot!!!!   {#Lol} {#Stupid}{#Foot-in-mouth}
 

I know what you mean. Fortunately, we have the option of deleting our posts, unless someone responds - and then the comment is there for eternity whether we like it or not.Anyway, I enjoy your comments. so keep 'em coming - as well as your ratings, which give me ideas for music to check out that I might not have heard before.    

Btw, look who's back! {#Arrowd}


Everybody in my church loves this song...

 
 olivertwist wrote:
 
Yes, flame wars is a good description. RT's comments in the forum were very different in tone from his song comments. He seemed to court controversy over there. He made some enemies with his frequent, highly opinionated political posts and created a bit of a stir with some, er, suggestive photos and comments. Things reached a tipping point when he posted several comments over the course of a couple days in which he went after one of his "enemies" and also posted some stuff that was just obnoxious, apparently with the goal of drawing attention to himself. I think it's quite possible that BillG had already warned him and decided enough was enough... You're a smart man to stay away from the forum. Lots of bickering, particularly in the recent political threads. They're like a train wreck that you can't help but look at.

Stooshies - I just learned a new word. {#Lol} {#Cheers}         
 

I have always suspected the reason the song comment board is rather tame is because people have to live, over and over and over, with what they write here for as long as they want to keep reading and posting here.  It's a never ending merry-go-round here.  On other boards you write a screed or rant and then everyone just moves on to the next topic.  Not so here.  I know I am shocked and embarrassed by about 99% of the posts I make here. I read these things I write and I'm like, What a freaking idiot!!!!   {#Lol} {#Stupid}{#Foot-in-mouth}
yes!!
Bill, thank god you're safe!! Just ended up listening to some dreadful 'radio paradise dance' station by mistake!  Thought that you had been hijacked, what a nightmare!
 olivertwist wrote:
Yup, BillG banished RT due to his antics in the forum. There's been a lot of drama over there lately.
 
C'est la vie. No doubt everyone in his hotel room is still dancing.
 fredriley wrote:

That explains things. What sort of drama? Flame wars? On which threads? I never have the time or motive to get involved in the listener's fora so am in blissful ignorance of any stooshies going on.
  
Yes, flame wars is a good description. RT's comments in the forum were very different in tone from his song comments. He seemed to court controversy over there. He made some enemies with his frequent, highly opinionated political posts and created a bit of a stir with some, er, suggestive photos and comments. Things reached a tipping point when he posted several comments over the course of a couple days in which he went after one of his "enemies" and also posted some stuff that was just obnoxious, apparently with the goal of drawing attention to himself. I think it's quite possible that BillG had already warned him and decided enough was enough... You're a smart man to stay away from the forum. Lots of bickering, particularly in the recent political threads. They're like a train wreck that you can't help but look at.

Stooshies - I just learned a new word. {#Lol} {#Cheers}         
 olivertwist wrote:

Yup, BillG banished RT due to his antics in the forum. There's been a lot of drama over there lately.
 
That explains things. What sort of drama? Flame wars? On which threads? I never have the time or motive to get involved in the listener's fora so am in blissful ignorance of any stooshies going on.
 karljonasson wrote:
Don't you wish Thom would save the electronica for solo albums?
 
nope.
 olivertwist wrote:

Yup, BillG banished RT due to his antics in the forum. There's been a lot of drama over there lately.
 

{#Eek}
 rdo wrote:


RT:  Former member??  Say it ain't so.  What's up with your account?
 
Yup, BillG banished RT due to his antics in the forum. There's been a lot of drama over there lately.
 (former member) wrote:

This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this autumn day...
 
 
That's very true. In fact I have this song on a playlist on my MP3 player that I listen to when I run.
 (former member) wrote:

This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this autumn day...
 
 

RT:  Former member??  Say it ain't so.  What's up with your account?
Don't you wish Thom would save the electronica for solo albums? Let the fantastic band behind you sound like a BAND and PLAY THEIR INSTRUMENTS.

This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this autumn day...
 
 MaryM wrote:
Any one else hearing Bronsky Beat (sp?)
 

WOOOW ARE YOU DRUNK!!!

Haaaaa...! Bronsky Beat. Amaaaaazing!!!!


gets me every single time...oh I L-O-V-E it!
12
whenever this song is played on RP, i turn the headphones or speakers to the max! ORGAAAAAAASM :D
Most excellent! {#Music}
You know, other than "Creep" I really don't like Radiohead.{#Sad}
 Tana wrote:
However am I to get any work done if you keep playing this awesome song?
 
I just thought the same thing...
However am I to get any work done if you keep playing this awesome song?
 weez wrote:
Not here to bash. Really just can't acquire the taste for this. Like pickled beets, I keep trying and trying Radiohead, and...mmm...nah.
 
But, but pickled beets are so distinctive. . . they have a colour all of their own and are deep and meaningful. . . and. . . and. . . I'll get my coat.
 weez wrote:
Not here to bash. Really just can't acquire the taste for this. Like pickled beets, I keep trying and trying Radiohead, and...mmm...nah.
 
To each his own. I feel the same way about Neko Case. 
Best band on the planet.
Not here to bash. Really just can't acquire the taste for this. Like pickled beets, I keep trying and trying Radiohead, and...mmm...nah.
 MaryM wrote:
Any one else hearing Bronsky Beat (sp?)
 



What a similarity to Bronski beat vocally.
Any one else hearing Bronsky Beat (sp?)
10 - at least!
 salzburg4321 wrote:
Am I the only one who struggles to really like this group?
 
An acquired taste for sure.  It took me some time.  Very tasty now.
volume: UP!
3rd Floor. Woman's underwear and rain boots....
 helgigermany wrote:
Nice!
 
Yes, we be dancing...  hope you are having a wonderful time right this minute...
Nice!
just saw them in DC on Sunday.  AMAZING!!!!
Coolest Video!  Fantastic Song!


magnificent song...  love this whole album...

 

Nothing but a 10!

Nope - I'm not a fan!


This is quite intriguing, especially the bass.  It's really nice to finally get to the point where Thom Yorke's higher register doesn't annoy me to the point where I can't enjoy the piece.
{#Dancingbanana}There should be a Tom dancing between these emoticons, but the banana is ok to describe this song.


This song is so good it puts a spring in my step this spring evening...

 
 salzburg4321 wrote:
Am I the only one who struggles to really like this group?
 
You're possibly the only one struggling over it.  You're not required to "really like" them, are you?
There's something depressing about listening to really, really cool music when you recently did something that makes you feel like an idiot. Maybe after this song we can have some Franti to make me feel better about feeling like a twit.
 SugarPig wrote:

You're not the only one. I really want to like RH - their "pay what you want" experiment and their independence from major labels is admirable. The music and atmospherics are pretty cool. But I can't get past his voice. That falsetto and the loooong drawn out syllables has me ready for the next song every time.   Each to his own...

 
I think this hit the nail on the head for me also.  Musically this is pretty good, but I just really can't get my ears around the voice.

Ditto. Don't get what the big deal is about this band. And you could try hockey instead of football.

sandpebble wrote:



You aren't alone. There are a few RH song that I really like, but I just don't get a lot of their stuff. This song for example. I really want to like it, to be excited about it like most...but I just can't. I feel the same way about football.
 


I like to watch Thom dance
 

Bit of a let down after Pigs.
 salzburg4321 wrote:
Am I the only one who struggles to really like this group?
 

You aren't alone. There are a few RH song that I really like, but I just don't get a lot of their stuff. This song for example. I really want to like it, to be excited about it like most...but I just can't. I feel the same way about football.
Ferking brilliant.  Will be seeing them in Chicago in June.

Probably one of the best live bands currently touring.

The remix of this song by Jacques Greene is spectacular.
 arserocket wrote:
Everybody in the hotel room below me loves this song...
 
Yes, we do...  sorry if we are making too much noise!  We be dancing...

 
Everybody in the hotel room below me loves this song...


Soooo cool...  we be dancing...
 
this must be what anesthesia sounds like.  

if you want to wake me up, stop writing songs on a cassio.........
Announced today - Coming to Chicago June 10th!!!! YEEEESSSSSSS!!!!! 
 allenrudd wrote:


Yep.
 
be nice, he is not the only one, but one of the few............
 lemmoth wrote:
 SugarPig wrote:

You're not the only one. I really want to like RH - their "pay what you want" experiment and their independence from major labels is admirable. The music and atmospherics are pretty cool. But I can't get past his voice. That falsetto and the loooong drawn out syllables has me ready for the next song every time.   Each to his own...

It helps to think of Thom's voice as just another instrument -  since the early albums he isn't at all trying to be a conventional singer.  The lyrics are there for you to read and they connect with the music mood-wise.  But they are very different experiences.  Radiohead post OKC is a very different experience.  I for one, love the experimentation.  Others, I guess, don't.

 
I love it too.....for many reasons.......just sayin'




Oh yea............lots on the go with the Head !