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Daydreaming
Radiohead Lyrics


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 a window
Where the sun comes
Through

And we are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Edward O'Brien, Philip Selway, Thom Yorke

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Callum

To me, this song/video represents one of the great tragedies of humankind. In the video, we can see Thom is looking for something. We don't know what that something is (and probably neither does Thom) but nonetheless he relentlessly pursues it, opening door after door.

The places he ends up in are fairly random in nature, alluding to the idea that very rarely does the outcome of our decisions match our expectations. It's one thing to imagine (daydream) about a better future, but it's another thing to actually live it. Rather than ending up somewhere better, you just end up somewhere else. And the thing you're chasing feels no closer than it did when you started. But you continue the chase anyway because well... "dreamers, they never learn".

This continual process of running away from the past and bargaining with the future is what has got us to where we are today. It's given us running water, cures to terrible diseases and the technology that allows me to share these thoughts with all of you. But make no mistake, we pay a heavy price for this, and it comes in the form of suffering.

An endless suffering that wakes up with you in the morning, follows you throughout your day, goes to bed with you at night and haunts you in your dreams while you sleep. It never goes away.

Towards the end, the music changes to a solemn tone. He's running out of time. He quickens his pace and desperately moves from door to door. But despite his efforts, the thing he seeks never reveals itself. Finally he arrives at a mountain. Death, in the form of a monstrous voice beckons him from the distance. Thom knows his time is up. Instead of running, he climbs the mountain to confront the monster that has taken so much from him throughout his life. But when he finally tracks it to it's cave, he realises that there is no monster. And as he lies down by the warm, cosy fire that welcomes him, he smiles as he realises his suffering is finally over.

This song doesn't offer us an answer to this problem. It simply acknowledges its existence and the role it plays in our everyday lives. But in doing so, it reminds people like me that I'm not alone in this struggle, that everyone experiences it. Consciously or not. And for reasons I'm not sure about, that makes it hurt less. As the saying goes "A problem shared is a problem halved". I hope In sharing this with us, Thom has alleviated some of that suffering for himself too.



Herne0011

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 a window
Where the sun comes
Through
We are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You



Bib- Sayalotus

Dreamers
They never learn
They never learn
Beyond, 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 a window
Where the sun comes
Through

We are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You



vernanda zainullah

Dreamers
They never learn
They never learn
Beyond, 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 a window
Where the sun comes
Through
We are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You



Juan Camacho

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 sound goes
Through

We are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You



Pok Jak

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 sound goes
Through
We are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You



DoLCiSSiMaPiCCuLa

Dreamers
They never learn
They never learn
Beyond the point
Of no more 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 sound goes
Through

We are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You



Gus Boyer

I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to this song.

Something that keeps coming back to me, beyond the beautiful music and the intricate details and hidden symbolism of the video, is one phrase towards the end of the song. Right before the song dissolves into Thom's chilling wails and the thrum of the bass instruments, the last lines say "we are just happy to serve/happy to serve you".

I have to wonder if maybe this was a phrase Thom heard a lot around the time of his ex-wife's passing. While I know nothing about Thom's relationship and communications with his former wife, I know a thing or two about people slowly dying in hospitals. The phrase "we are happy to serve you", or some variation thereof, is something you hear a lot in hospitality, especially when dealing with people whose death is imminent and agonizingly slow.

Perhaps Thom heard the phrase a lot? Maybe it stuck out in his mind as he was processing his ex-wife's death? Maybe it was something he conjured up alongside his fellow band members?

I don't know. All I know is that line is chilling, and having it be the last thing we hear before the song builds to its harrowing climax is a brilliant move, letting us know that the words to the song have concluded, but that the climax of the song comes in those twitching and wailing noises that play out as Thom crawls into the ice cave, seemingly returning to a rest that is almost peaceful, deathlike even.



Magister Militum

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 sound goes
Through
We are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You



All comments from YouTube:

Ross Plaskow

Being in Radiohead sure opens up a lot of doors.

William Tompkins

AAAaaaHHHhhhhhhh!!

LOL! You bastard you!

Ghost Rythm

like barn doors, or revolving doors :)

Vector Studios S.A

Revolving Doors

John Salisbury

Haha but there is only one door, many corridors.........

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Sebastian Schöeler

Thom Yorke is probably one of the most gifted musicians of this century

TheMedium

He's a gift from God

Keith Saulsbury

i agree

Darrell Lindsay

@John Lemmon yep. most of their songs credit all of the members. seems it was truly a collaborative effort. probably why it was/is so good. :)

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Farnoosh Saidian

This just crushes my heart and head with talent and creativity.
At the beginning, he was slowing pacing through the doors. He even smiled once when he was in a crowded area( a fake mask in front of others/ hiding grief). Then his pace started becoming quicker and more urgent. He preferred walking in the sunlight because it made him feel less lost in his mind. His face throughout all of it screams that he wants to cry out and yell his feelings to everyone but he can’t. His bottled up emotions are evident in his red eyes and twitching lips. He prefers to go out to nature. At first the beach, but no, that place is too crowded. So he ends up in a mountain full of snow. A mountain that describes his feelings: emptiness, cold, pale, unknown. He goes into a cave, a rather small one, contrasting to the massive mountain. It is only then that he opens his mouth and talks. He talks to himself in the small part of his mind where no one is present and no one is aware of the cave’s presence. He talks in a way only he can understand.
This endless loop of going through door to door is reminiscent of the stages of grief. He is stuck in a stage before the 5th and final one: acceptance. He isn’t willing to accept the death of a loved one so he walks away from everyone, puts up a facade in front of others, and doesn’t want to face reality. He wants to go somewhere where his feelings can be accepted. He can’t let anyone know about his unwillingness to forget so he goes to the fire in the cave. And lets out his words to burn. No one will ever know about his struggle because he burned it all in his head. The only problem is that the wound and ashes remained will only be felt by him. He doesn’t want to forget this ever. He prefers to always stay in his own personal “daydream”.

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