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New Radiohead Video “Lotus Flower” – Thom Yorke Shakes His Shakti (+lyrics)

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Well hello there, Happy Friday! Radiohead have dropped their new album The King of Limbs on us a day early and we are treated to the first video for “Lotus Flower” where Thom Yorke is a dancing fool! Rejoice!

Kings of limbs indeed. Some are saying this is Thom on a yoga high! Ha. Is Thom a yogi? Bjork explains…

Via INDEX Magazine, 2001

JUERGEN: You once mentioned to me that you and Thom Yorke decided that you both hated yoga and meditation. What was that all about?
BJÖRK: [laughs] Well, I’d always resisted meditation with a full-on defense mechanism, but I’d never understood why. I wouldn’t meditate — no way, ever — and Thom felt the same way. He got angry just talking about it. We ended up laughing about the whole thing, but we figured that singing is a form of meditation, where you kind of go to an imaginary place that you’ve built over many years. It’s like a state of trance. So to go to a meditation class where somebody tells you, “Do this, feel this,” like they’ve got an instruction manual on how to get to this place — it’s offensive. It’s like reading a sex guide before you are with the one you love, and then asking whether they wouldn’t mind moving their thigh, like, twenty centimeters to the left — and then measuring it with a stick.

That was 10 years ago. Is Thom now channeling his uncoiling Shakti? You tell us! We’ll be here learning his dance moves.

“Slowly we unfurl
As lotus flowers”

Lyrics:

I will sneak myself into your pocket
Invisible, do what you want, do what you want
I will sink 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 wings take root
So now I’ll set you free
I’ll set you free
There’s an empty space inside my heart
And it won’t take root
Tonight I’ll set you free
I’ll set you free

Slowly we unfurl
As lotus flowers
And all I want is the moon upon a stick
Dancing around the pit
Just to see what it is
I can’t kick the habit
Just to feed your fast ballooning head
Listen to your heart

We will sink and be quiet as mice
While the cat is away and do what we want
Do what we want

There’s an empty space inside my heart
And now it won’t take root
And now I set you free
I set you free

Because all I want is the moon upon a stick
Just to see what it is
Just to see what gives
Take the lotus flowers into my room
Slowly we unfurl
As lotus flowers
All I want is the moon upon a stick
Dance around a pit
The darkness is beneath
I can’t kick the habit
Just to feed my fast ballooning head
Listen to your heart

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