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Burn the Witch
Radiohead Lyrics


Stay in the shadows
Cheer at the gallows
This is a round up

This is a low flying panic attack
Sing a song on the jukebox that goes

Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live

Red crosses on wooden doors
And if you float you burn
Loose talk around tables
Abandon all reason
Avoid all eye contact
Do not react
Shoot the messengers

This is a low flying panic attack
Sing the song of sixpence that goes

Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live
We know where you live

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

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Hironigai Shi

Stay in the shadows
Cheer at the gallows
This is a round-up
This is a low-flying panic attack
Sing the song on the jukebox that goes

[Chorus]
Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live

[Verse 2]
Red crosses on wooden doors
If you float, you burn
Loose talk around tables
Abandon all reason
Avoid all eye contact
Do not react
Shoot the messengers
This is a low flying panic attack
Sing the song of sixpence that goes

[Chorus]
Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live
We know where you live



Martin Leiva

Stay in the shadows
Cheer at the gallows
This is a round up
This is a low flying panic attack
Sing a song on the jukebox that goes
Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live
Red crosses on wooden doors
And if you float you burn
Loose talk around tables
Abandon all reason
Avoid all eye contact
Do not react
Shoot the messengers
This is a low flying panic attack
Sing the song of sixpence that goes
Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live
We know where you live



Bho Loo

Stay in the shadows
Cheer at the gallows
This is a round up

This is a low flying panic attack
Sing a song on the jukebox that goes

Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live

Red crosses on wooden doors
And if you float you burn
Loose talk around tables
Abandon all reason
Avoid all eye contact
Do not react
Shoot the messengers

This is a low flying panic attack
Sing the song of sixpence that goes

Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live
We know where you live



Anele

00:48 a reference to Lord of the Flies - The speared boar seen on the red building. The first red flag for what is to come.
00:56 the second red flag, concealing the truth. This actually reminds me of a biblical reference The Passover. This is when the doors of the israelites were painted with the blood of a lamb in order for the angel of death to passover. Ex. 12 v 8: "They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire". The inspector is literally a lamb to the slaughter.
1:06: Invites us to look at ourselves more harshly. It's a hard task to do.
1:16: When we do we realise that nothing is really as it seems. Especially if someone is trying to make you see things from their point of view. The children act like they're having fun but it's a dangerous make-shift teeter totter built over a pond.
1:22: 'Justice' based on moral/religious grounds. When religion and morality differ from region to region - what does it mean for justice to be served? Is it merely a (pagan) ceremony that looks/feels good to the crowds? It's become a spectacle to impress the world rather than unveil the truth. e.g.: Osama Bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein all killings seen as 'right' and 'just' in the eyes of americans; guided by the media, leaders, american morals, religious beliefs etc.
1:43: Another instance where the truth (a savagely slaughtered animal) is hidden, literally in a sheet of pastry. Can you swallow the truth?
1:55: Does embellishing the truth (with flowers) take away from it's reality? A touch on capital punishment. Jay Carney stated that the US has a fundamental duty to carry out executions humanely. However, doesn't the act of capital punishment itself fall short of humane standards.

The more the man sees through their tricks or questions their logic, the more the the mayor sees him as a threat to his power and desperately tries to persuade and move him along through the town.

2:13: Welcome to corporate america! I'd like to hear some suggestions on this one. But I think it has something to do with how the working class, just trying to make a living, are sheltered and closed off from the realities of capitalism and how the top level guys (ceo's, government MPs, presidents) are actually running the establishments of the country. They're blinded by chasing the dollar and the guy who has something to offer the big guys gets to lead the pack of little guys - no matter how unqualified they may be.
3:04 The wicker man - a film inspired by David Pinner's 1967 novel Ritual and centres on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie to the isolated island of Summerisle. Howie, a devout Christian, is appalled to find that the inhabitants of the island have abandoned Christianity and now practise a form of Celtic paganism (wiki). Again, playing on morality in different societies (the end of The Wicker Man is also important here but I don't want to spoil the movie for those who haven't watched it). The inspector finds himself staring at the truth boldly in the face but still he overlooks it. How many signs does it take until you go with your gut?
3:33 Does going with the crowd and turning your back on the truth makes everything better, more scenic, right?

The style in animation is brilliant for two reasons: 1. It's based on Trumpton, a BBC show from the 60s. Could Donald TRUMPton be the next mayor/leader of the crowd? And how much of the truth will he embellish with flowers? 2. The use of playdough annimation. Playdough is malleable and can be moulded into anything you want it to be, much like the truth.

Does anyone know what the meaning of Jobe and the tomatoes is? Is this another biblical reference to Job (pronounced Jobe)? There is one interesting thing from the bible about tomatoes Corinthians 15v 38: "You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don't look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different." Again the true nature of the tomato is revealed through time and a little digging ;)



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Pitter Bookoo

Darkest bob the builder episode ever

Vaughan Green

@Darth Leia worrying

Chevalier Macabre

@slartybardfarst52 lol I love that stuff but I'm only a child

Josh Shrum

Colin McGregor Actually we were just being silly we didn’t mean the actual thing it was based off. But yes it is.

Colin McGregor

Its Trumptom ffs

Josh Shrum

djhappyyyyy That’s what it’s like the most.

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Knen Da

Violin is a perfect rock instrument.

blue smurff

Apocalyptica agrees

Mister Asterisco

1:30 stuff the freemasons do...

Ryan Renteria

@Keith Klassen jonny did use a mellotron with the string tapes for "i promise", "talk show host", and "polyethylene". there are also some polysynth "string" sounds on songs like "no suprises", "myxomatosis" and "where i end and you begin", but for the most part any strings you hear on a radiohead song are real- for example "pyramid song", "how to disappear", "climbing up the walls", "daydreaming", "reckoner" and "faust arp"

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