Revolving Doors

There will be plenty of interpretations of the latest Radiohead song and video – Daydreaming – floating around online without me adding to them. But while looking through this Reddit thread on the topic just now, I was struck by a reference to an interview with Thom Yorke in 2001 where he discussed the inspiration behind the track from Amnesiac, Pulk / Pull Revolving Doors. Here is the track …

 

 

… and lyrics …

 

There are barn doors
And there are revolving doors
Doors on the rudders of big ships
We are revolving doors

There are doors that open by themselves
There are sliding doors
And there are secret doors
There are doors that lock
And doors that don’t

There are doors that let you in
And out
But never open
But they are trapdoors
That you can’t come back from

 

… and here is Thom Yorke suggesting that he took the idea of going through multiple doors, never knowing what is behind each one, from Alice in Wonderland …

 

 

… and here is the video of the exquisite Daydreaming – in which Thom does indeed go through multiple doors – once again …

 

 

Dreamers
They never learn
They never learn
Beyond the point
Of no return
Of no return

And it’s too late
The damage is done
The damage is done

This goes
Beyond me
Beyond you
The white room
By window
Where the sun goes
Through

We are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You

Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I

Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I
Evol ym dnuof ev’I

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