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Radiohead — Codex
Album: The King of Limbs
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Released: 2011
Length: 4:15
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Sleight of hand jump off the end
Into a clear lake, no one around
Just dragonflies flying to the side
No one gets hurt, you've done nothing wrong

Slide your hand, jump off the end
The water's clear and innocent, the water's clear and innocent
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Thank you for reminding me of this beautiful song.  I don't go back to this album often, but this is a gem.
Stopped buying their CDS after Kid A and discovering this is a SWEET surprise
 cShaggy wrote:




..^this!..i thought RP might've found a KGB version with lyrics for a micro-sec..
 
interesting. This time it segued from Radiohead to KGB.
This crumples me like tea paper.
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Love this song.  Beautiful and haunting. 
 
I think this pretty much says it.
We all think about it.......some people do it.
Not even worthy of a yawn.
like alot  : )   especially the floating balloon creatures painted on the cover
Sleight of hand jump off the end
Into a clear lake, no one around
Just dragonflies flying to the side
No one gets hurt, you've done nothing wrong
Slide your hand, jump off the end
The water's clear and innocent, the water's clear and innocent

It's a riot to drop back in here and see other RP listeners saying "Bill you play too much goddamned Radiohead!"

That said, for my money on the recent albums Thom Yorke is doing more singing than whining and there is an actual melody once in a while —- like here.

I will never forgive them for Creep, though.
 
maybe they have effectively contributed to more than a thousands to take radical decisions, important decision of any kind, but it is not because they are depressive, they aren´t, the word is "reflexive"
 Jakethemuss wrote:

I think it's about Thom longing to do a, forbidden, "bomb" at his local swimming pool.  Obviously that's not allowed so Thom fantasises about a deserted lake "no one around...no one gets hurt / you've done nothing wrong"" 

"Slide your hand" is a reference to the physical tuck required for an effective bomb.

The real giveaway is the title "Codex" - surely this is reference to the list of rules of acceptable behaviour.

code, codex - Code, from Latin codex, meaning "block of wood split into tablets, document written on wood tablets," was first a set of laws.

Swimming pool rules

I'm with you, Jake. So obvious...who would think Radiohead would do a song about such a dark subject as suicide, anyway? Just a bunch of happy guys trying to lighten the mood is all. 

 


Powerful and dreamlike. Hard to tell what is real.
 perrau wrote:
Amazing!

 


Amazing!
 videotronbob wrote:
No more comments on Radio Paradise ..who's with me?

 
I don't think anyone is with you.

(I have to say, the witty banter is fantastic.) 
 rdo wrote:
This song is about longing to be dead.  It is about love of death.  Suicide.

 
I think it's about Thom longing to do a, forbidden, "bomb" at his local swimming pool.  Obviously that's not allowed so Thom fantasises about a deserted lake "no one around...no one gets hurt / you've done nothing wrong"" 

"Slide your hand" is a reference to the physical tuck required for an effective bomb.

The real giveaway is the title "Codex" - surely this is reference to the list of rules of acceptable behaviour.

code, codex - Code, from Latin codex, meaning "block of wood split into tablets, document written on wood tablets," was first a set of laws.

Swimming pool rules


This song is about longing to be dead.  It is about love of death.  Suicide.
Doesn't get much better than this.
 Kaw wrote:

Because it's not fun?

 
Someone needs some Taylor Swift.  Now that's fun!
 Kaw wrote:

Because it's not fun?

 
It can be healing, to feel it.
To me, this is just beautiful and calming. I don't get depressed listening to it. Opposite actually.
 eveliko wrote:

What's wrong with being depressive? {#Frown}

 
Because it's not fun?
 eveliko wrote:

What's wrong with being depressive? {#Frown}

 
 when I'm really down this "depressive"  music brings me way back up
 Webfoot wrote:
Damn it Bill, I'm trying to get some work done here!

 
Second that (today as well)! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Damn it Bill, I'm trying to get some work done here!
Lovely and melancholy, a RP signature.
i love this song you squeaky wheels!
 Kaw wrote:
I'm happy again {#Bananajumprope}
To me this is not depressive. Whats wrong with me? {#Eh}

 
What's wrong with being depressive? {#Frown}
No more comments on Radio Paradise ..who's with me?
 ItchyJack wrote:
Please stop with the overplay of RH.  Mediocre band playing mediocre music...way too much airtime on RP.

 
If you don't like something you hear on this incredibly eclectic radio station, YOU have the power. Listen to some other station. It's that easy.
 ItchyJack wrote:
Please stop with the overplay of RH.  Mediocre band playing mediocre music...way too much airtime on RP.

 
Maybe it's you and not most of everyone else?
ItchyJack wrote:
Please stop with the overplay of RH.  Mediocre band playing mediocre music...way too much airtime on RP.

  

 
Reckoner978 wrote:

Really hope you're a troll..... {#Rolleyes}

 
gif of Cookie Monster drumming fingers
Perhaps not a troll as such...
Reliably strong. I like the moodines. 
There is NEVER Radiohead overkill {#Bananajam}... but it's jus one of those interesting opinions {#Wave}
Very good song it is beautiful.
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Love this song.  Beautiful and haunting. 
 
What you said. It feels sparse and lean, too - very simple. Like a grove of aspen trees.

aspens 

yellow brick road
Love this song.  Beautiful and haunting. 
 ItchyJack wrote:
Please stop with the overplay of RH.  Mediocre band playing mediocre music...way too much airtime on RP.

 
Really hope you're a troll..... {#Rolleyes}
Please stop with the overplay of RH.  Mediocre band playing mediocre music...way too much airtime on RP.
I love Radiohead but I feel like the band gets a little too much play here. Still a beautiful song though.
So sad, in a beautiful way.

Sublime.
5 minute work pause....
 jtomato wrote:
NOT THIS SONG AGAIN!!!!! Jeez. take it off the loop for a month or two please. It's played WAY too often!

 
9 > 10

Every day is fine for me.

Bloody brilliant.
Fantastic track!!
I'm happy again {#Bananajumprope}
To me this is not depressive. Whats wrong with me? {#Eh}
Radiohead Makes the Worker Happy and Productive
NOT THIS SONG AGAIN!!!!! Jeez. take it off the loop for a month or two please. It's played WAY too often!
You play the absolute best music always!  Never go away!  You really make me so happy daily!!!
thank you ginrush!  {#Cowboy}

GINRUSH wrote:
My one and only accepted upload... Thanks Bill. 

 


 GINRUSH wrote:
My one and only accepted upload... Thanks Bill. 

 
Thank you!
Thom !! Oooops!
Absolutely love it Tom...........................................still
My one and only accepted upload... Thanks Bill. 
Nice. Less whiny vocals from Thom!
 fredriley wrote:

I think it might be just you - to me it sounds like a song about a painless suicide. Mind you, most of Radiohead's songs sound like that to me.

I think I'm being assimilated by Thom Yorke - from wanting to slap him round the chops with a wet fish, I now find myself almost liking his songs. I think it must be some kind of subminal hypnotics weaved into the instrumentals...

 

He's trying to get into your Y-fronts, mate! 
effectively perfect relaxing in my backyard staring at the clouds drifting across the sky..{#Music}
NOT a Radiohead fan. But I like this tune. Haunting, spooky.
perfect for painting to ... yay! yum! :) thank you!
 VH1 wrote:
Not a single day goes by where Radiohead ist NOT played at least a dozen times, together with Elbow and Calexico, Nathalie Merchant, Tori Amos etc. etc. the list is endless.

Please please some new artists and Songs please....{#Sick} 

 
I too have found that RP has an endless list of artists that they play.  I listen every day.  Wonderful stuff.  Thanks, RP
Blissful.  Just close my eyes and let the world become something else.  There aren't many bands can do that.
Since first hearing it, I've described this song as "my view of heaven."
If I could live inside a song...
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Cheers} ...... absolutely "Outstanding"
 
yeah! {#Daisy}
Liking the 'new' Radiohead mucho
{#Cheers} ...... absolutely "Outstanding"
 MassivRuss wrote:
It just sucks.

 

I absolve thee of thy sin.
 
I think it's simply beautiful.
great last 3 to get up to
brilliant!
Excellent.
 MassivRuss wrote:
It just sucks.

 
No its not, join the other one in your room
 Tizmself wrote:
This



is



so




painful.

 
No its not now go to your room
 OHMish wrote:
Aaaaaaaaah {#Meditate}

  Agreed :-)


Aaaaaaaaah {#Meditate}
 aspicer wrote:

You must not listen to RP enough - those are definitely played.

 
Any RadioHead is overplay. {#Wall}
 Thijs wrote:
I love Radiohead, but this song is overplayed by RP. Why do I never hear any of their other songs? Street spirit or paranoid android for example.

 
You must not listen to RP enough - those are definitely played.
 zurcronium wrote:
Sophisticated music for adults. Kids can play elsewhere. 

 
Sophisticated music is often for soulless snobs - rock 'n' roll was created for teenagers.  This song is pretty good, but there is very little which is "sophisticated" about it.
It just sucks.
This



is



so




painful.
 calypsus_1 wrote:
I am not by nature a "fan" or "fads" this or that (like the donkey who put "two visors" to look in one direction). I've always been a lover since 1992, the work of this band called Radiohead, and I have virtually all your work, so I am perfectly free to say what I mean by using the fairness and impartiality that characterizes me. Until i consider one of the great creators and innovators of our contemporary music.
 Now, using common sense and critical sense, I must also say, that after a certain point, I began to notice a significant change in the work done so far by this group. More precisely, from 2008, or the album In Rainbows.
 In this album there have been early signs of rupture and dissection of ideas, but still agree on the whole album as a work of undeniable quality, but  far away, I must say, the work most inspiring and sounds of this band.
 My fears were confirmed in King of Limbs (2011).
 Are unrecognized, boring, monotonous, unstructured, ridiculously songs, a set of rhythmic exercise, dull, percussion boxes wandering, finally, as a "stretch cord" which is worth for than competence and skill as performers of their instruments, but without inspiration, without claw, without conviction. And the result is little more than disappointing, without offering anything new.
If they continue down this path, it is already a decline, a downside of this band.
 If this band had appeared, the first time in 2011 with "The King of Limbs". I think that would be rejected by the sieve "Listener Review Channel" and none of the songs in airplay.
 But as the proverb says, "Create fame and lie down to sleep"
We shall see.


 

This is too absolutist for me. I tend to judge songs, bands and albums both in historical context and individually. Not that I am "right" by doing so, but I'm equally intrigued by where a band goes in comparison to where they have been. Having said that, I find myself liking Radiohead's music more and more.
Your statement is a load of crap.  But you are entitled to having nothing but air between your ears.
 

VH1 wrote:
Not a single day goes by where Radiohead ist NOT played at least a dozen times, together with Elbow and Calexico, Nathalie Merchant, Tori Amos etc. etc. the list is endless.

Please please some new artists and Songs please....{#Sick} 

 


I am not by nature a "fan" or "fads" this or that (like the donkey who put "two visors" to look in one direction). I've always been a lover since 1992, the work of this band called Radiohead, and I have virtually all your work, so I am perfectly free to say what I mean by using the fairness and impartiality that characterizes me. Until i consider one of the great creators and innovators of our contemporary music.
 Now, using common sense and critical sense, I must also say, that after a certain point, I began to notice a significant change in the work done so far by this group. More precisely, from 2008, or the album In Rainbows.
 In this album there have been early signs of rupture and dissection of ideas, but still agree on the whole album as a work of undeniable quality, but  far away, I must say, the work most inspiring and sounds of this band.
 My fears were confirmed in King of Limbs (2011).
 Are unrecognized, boring, monotonous, unstructured, ridiculously songs, a set of rhythmic exercise, dull, percussion boxes wandering, finally, as a "stretch cord" which is worth for than competence and skill as performers of their instruments, but without inspiration, without claw, without conviction. And the result is little more than disappointing, without offering anything new.
If they continue down this path, it is already a decline, a downside of this band.
 If this band had appeared, the first time in 2011 with "The King of Limbs". I think that would be rejected by the sieve "Listener Review Channel" and none of the songs in airplay.
 But as the proverb says, "Create fame and lie down to sleep"
We shall see.

Great song. 
Kid A is great album...maybe it has not been uploaded by anyone?
 
 VH1 wrote:
Not a single day goes by where Radiohead ist NOT played at least a dozen times, together with Elbow and Calexico, Nathalie Merchant, Tori Amos etc. etc. the list is endless.

Please please some new artists and Songs please....{#Sick} 

 
I love ALL of those artists. 
Not a single day goes by where Radiohead ist NOT played at least a dozen times, together with Elbow and Calexico, Nathalie Merchant, Tori Amos etc. etc. the list is endless.

Please please some new artists and Songs please....{#Sick} 
I love Radiohead, but this song is overplayed by RP. Why do I never hear any of their other songs? Street spirit or paranoid android for example.
Sophisticated music for adults. Kids can play elsewhere. 
 MassivRuss wrote:
Does       this                 sooonggg    goooooo             aannnnnyyyyywheeeeeerrrreeee??

That would be, "no". Nowhere. At all.

Somebody needs to tell Thom Yorke there's a difference between exploring angst and depression, and making me want to down a bottle of clonipin with a Wild Turkey chaser.

Maybe not all music needs to go somewhere; maybe some of it simply creates a mood. It took me years to get this about Radiohead; now I find listening to their music infinitely rewarding. 

 sans wrote:
Sleight of hand
Jump off the end
Into a clear lake
No one around Just dragonflies
Fantasize
No one gets hurt
You’ve done nothing wrong Slide your hand
Jump off the end
The water's clear and innocent
The water's clear and innocent

 
I always thought it was about skinny dipping....


 nikki54 wrote:
Radiohead is the few bands that I like almost everything they do and have all their music; really excellent music!

 
Radiohead is one of the few bands that I hate almost everything they do and would never have any of their music; really painful music, especially Yorke's painful rectal itch of a voice.

And Bill? Right after Supertramp? RP segue FAIL.

{#Headache}
Radiohead is the few bands that I like almost everything they do and have all their music; really excellent music!
 fredriley wrote:

I think it might be just you - to me it sounds like a song about a painless suicide. Mind you, most of Radiohead's songs sound like that to me.

I think I'm being assimilated by Thom Yorke - from wanting to slap him round the chops with a wet fish, I now find myself almost liking his songs. I think it must be some kind of subminal hypnotics weaved into the instrumentals...

 
Like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zOLFOtRYk0
Does       this                 sooonggg    goooooo             aannnnnyyyyywheeeeeerrrreeee??

That would be, "no". Nowhere. At all.

Somebody needs to tell Thom Yorke there's a difference between exploring angst and depression, and making me want to down a bottle of clonipin with a Wild Turkey chaser.

We be slow-dancing to this spooky song...  love it...
 
Get the Prep H. There's the painful rectal itch that is Thom Yorke's voice. {#Ass}

Everybody in my church loves this spooky song...
 
Time to bump it from an 8 to a 9. I absolutely love listening to this.
 fredriley wrote:

I think it might be just you - to me it sounds like a song about a painless suicide. Mind you, most of Radiohead's songs sound like that to me.
 
I might be wrong. But still, I think I will go with the more "uplifting" interpretation.
Great tune. Someone has taken their Viagra this morning because you've been rocking it for hours.  
 Cynaera wrote:

THAT'S the word I was searching for - spooky.  Thanks, Romeotuma.  I love it, too, because of the melancholy, haunting quality of the music.  One more for my CD collection... {#Yes}
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this spooky song...  this is a marvelous album...
 

 sans wrote:
Sleight of hand
Jump off the end
Into a clear lake
No one around Just dragonflies
Fantasize
No one gets hurt
You’ve done nothing wrong Slide your hand
Jump off the end
The water's clear and innocent
The water's clear and innocent
 

I always heard "dragonflies flying to the side"
 sans wrote:
Sleight of hand
Jump off the end
Into a clear lake
No one around Just dragonflies
Fantasize
No one gets hurt
You’ve done nothing wrong Slide your hand
Jump off the end
The water's clear and innocent
The water's clear and innocent
  Darkmatter wrote:

Interesting lyrics. Maybe it is just me, but is it about masturbation? {#Shhh} {#Redface}
 
I thinks it's just you.  if it was about masturbation the water would be neither clear nor innocent...
 Darkmatter wrote:

Interesting lyrics. Maybe it is just me, but is it about masturbation? {#Shhh} {#Redface}
 
I think it might be just you - to me it sounds like a song about a painless suicide. Mind you, most of Radiohead's songs sound like that to me.

I think I'm being assimilated by Thom Yorke - from wanting to slap him round the chops with a wet fish, I now find myself almost liking his songs. I think it must be some kind of subminal hypnotics weaved into the instrumentals...
Nice cod piece.
 hippiechick wrote:
Radiohead is just incredible! I can't believe they can even play their stuff live. 
 



Couldnt agree more! Amazing talent
Radiohead is just incredible! I can't believe they can even play their stuff live. 
WONDERFUL!
YES.  Perfect on this rainy, stormy Monday, alone in the office.  {#Cowboy}
 Darkmatter wrote:

Interesting lyrics. Maybe it is just me, but is it about masturbation? {#Shhh} {#Redface}
 
{#Eek}

Please don't ruin these divine feelings I get from this beautiful piece :)
 sans wrote:
Sleight of hand
Jump off the end
Into a clear lake
No one around Just dragonflies
Fantasize
No one gets hurt
You’ve done nothing wrong Slide your hand
Jump off the end
The water's clear and innocent
The water's clear and innocent
 
Interesting lyrics. Maybe it is just me, but is it about masturbation? {#Shhh} {#Redface}
 denbear wrote:
God, what a beautiful segue from KGB to Radio Head. Took my breath away.
 



..^this!..i thought RP might've found a KGB version with lyrics for a micro-sec..
God, what a beautiful segue from KGB to Radio Head. Took my breath away.
Love it,so atmospheric and ethereal.😌
I'd love to make myself a cup of coffee but I CAN'T LEAVE THE OFFICE!!! what a nice set...
 rdo wrote:


I really hope they change directions on their next release.  Yorke may need a nice bust in the chops with a north atlantic codex for that to happen.

'This fish you dream about. Let's talk about that. It's always the same fish, isn't it?' 
'I don't know,' Yossarian replied. 'I have trouble recognizing fish.' 
'What does the fish remind you of?' 
'Other fish.' 
'And what do other fish remind you of?' 
'Other fish.'
Major Sanderson sat back disappointedly. 'Do you like fish?'

'Not especially.'
 
Unfortunately it is very possible that there will not be another - not for a long time, anyways.  Who knows - Thom is a true artist - they all are - and they can and should change their minds all the time.

I do agree that this one is a little, well, moody, maybe.  Even for a slow RH song - that being said, there isn't a RH song under an 8 for me, I don't think.


Sleight of hand
Jump off the end
Into a clear lake
No one around Just dragonflies
Fantasize
No one gets hurt
You’ve done nothing wrong Slide your hand
Jump off the end
The water's clear and innocent
The water's clear and innocent
 2Hawks wrote:
I do like Radiohead, but this is one of the most boring pieces of schlock I've heard in a long time. Get some energy going!{#Sleep}
 

I really hope they change directions on their next release.  Yorke may need a nice bust in the chops with a north atlantic codex for that to happen.

'This fish you dream about. Let's talk about that. It's always the same fish, isn't it?' 
'I don't know,' Yossarian replied. 'I have trouble recognizing fish.' 
'What does the fish remind you of?' 
'Other fish.' 
'And what do other fish remind you of?' 
'Other fish.'
Major Sanderson sat back disappointedly. 'Do you like fish?'

'Not especially.'


I do like Radiohead, but this is one of the most boring pieces of schlock I've heard in a long time. Get some energy going!{#Sleep}
transcendant
 rockpommel16 wrote:
....took a long time to get warm with radiohead.......but,the often i hear them,the more i like.......great band,...great music.....{#Yes}
 
Same for me!