Karma Police
Radiohead Lyrics


Karma police
Arrest this man
He talks in maths
He buzzes like a fridge
He's like a detuned radio

Karma police
Arrest this girl
Her Hitler hairdo
Is making me feel ill
And we have crashed her party

This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
When you mess with us

Karma police
I've given all I can
It's not enough
I've given all I can
But we're still on the payroll

This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
When you mess with us

For a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
Phew, for a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself

For a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
Phew, for a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Colin Charles Greenwood, Edward John O'Brien, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Philip James Selway, Thomas Edward Yorke

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Woomy Sem

I did a behind-the-scenes for the No Surprises music video, so I'll analyze this one with much better detail:



The director of the music video (Jonathan Glazer) was inspired by watching the opening sequence of David Lynch's Lost Highway, which was a car on a first-person angle driving on a dark highway. (Fun fact, Johnathan only saw that sequence for the film because he fell asleep for the rest of the film.) The concept to paraphrase that sequence into a music video with the extra flare was supposed to be for Marilyn Manson's Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, but he turned down the idea, so it was accepted to be the music video for Karma Police.



If you've seen the music video, you'll know that the person in it burns matches and makes a line of fire to the car, which is karma knowing what happened before what he did. During the making of the music video, it didn't all happen at once. If it did, the car would explode. This is how the last quarter of the video worked.



By looking at behind-the-scenes footage, the line of fire was set in a separate room, with the camera having the same height and angle for 3/4 of the music video. From taking away the background of the room and adding a bit of glow to the road surface, it makes 2 parts of the fire used in the music video.



As for the car, reversing it has reflective tracking points that look like bright lights from the dark road. By using those bright lights, inferno tracking calculates the size and position of where the fire would be from the reflective tracking points.


Lajos Kovács, the person running from the car that had Thom Yorke inside, would've had a simple job: run, stop and light a fire, but he was struggling running for a long time during the filming. He had a point where he had a cramp while running, so he got injected (with most likely NSAIDs prescriptions) to continue his running. This explains why he is so sweaty and has such defeated run movement in the music video. It didn't help when he accidentally nearly burnt his thumbs due to his attempt to light some matches. Props to Lajos for going through all of that mess to do a simple job.



If you're wondering how the hell the dark blue sky stays the same, the day of recording the car in the night was pitch black. Johnathan waited until the dark blue appeared so he can blend a bit of the dark blue with the pure black background.



With how the 1976 Chrysler New Yorker was filmed with Thom Inside, that car is specially made to hold a camera in the driver's seat. Don't worry about the stunt driver IN the car because they were outside of the car with a rig to drive on so the camera doesn't shake and collapse the accuracy of the fire with the blue background blended with the pitch black. When the flames surround the car in the end (which is why it didn't explode), the shot was done without Thom Yorke in the car and was just the stunt driver in the rig. That was the moment when Lajos set the flame. During the recording of driving the car, the gas in the exhaust of the car began flowing fast near Thom Yorke, which is ironic with what Karma Police belonged: Ok Computer, an album that explores a dystopian universe in 1997. He was pretty chill about the accident, saying "Oh well, at least I'll be warm when I die."



Later in 2001, Johnathan said that this music video was a failure "because I decided to do a very minimalist, subjective use of camera, and tried to do something hypnotic and dramatic from one perspective, and it was very hard to achieve and I feel that I didn't achieve it." He ends up thinking that his music video for Thom Yorke and Unkle's Rabbit In Your Highlights is the better version compared to Karma Police.



Thank you for coming to my TED talk, I love doing these behind-the-scenes comments.



Lin V

LYRICS:
Karma police
Arrest this man
He talks in maths
He buzzes like a fridge
He's like a detuned radio
Karma police
Arrest this girl
Her Hitler hairdo
Is making me feel ill
And we have crashed her party
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
When you mess with us
Karma police
I've given all I can
It's not enough
I've given all I can
But we're still on the payroll
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
When you mess with us
For a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
Phew, for a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
For a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
Phew, for a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself



Xylia R

[Verse 1]
Karma police, arrest this man
He talks in maths, he buzzes like a fridge
He's like a detuned radio
Karma police, arrest this girl
Her Hitler hairdo is making me feel ill
And we have crashed her party

[Chorus]
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
When you mess with us

[Verse 2]
Karma police, I've given all I can
It's not enough, I've given all I can
But we're still on the payroll

[Chorus]
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
This is what you'll get
When you mess with us

[Outro]
For a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
Phew, for a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
For a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
Phew, for a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself



Lux sempiterna

Radiohead (1997)

Karma Police es una canción del grupo inglés de rock alternativo Radiohead.

"I’ve given all I can
but we’re still on the payroll."
Uno de los mayores éxitos de la banda, después de Creep. En principio, su relación con la ciencia ficción no es evidente ni posiblemente intencionada, pero puede delatar ciertas influencias como Fahrenheit 451 o 1984.

La "Policía del Karma", según un chiste privado de la banda, vendrá para llevarse aquellos que hacen algo malo. Profundizando en la letra, podemos comprobar que el significado que le atribuyen es un poco más siniestro, pues depende del concepto de mal karma que se tenga, es decir, de un valor moral relativo.

Así, el protagonista de la canción delata a una serie de personas ante esta Policía del Karma. El protagonista parece ser el típico hombre medio y las personas delatadas aquellas que se distancian de este concepto de normalidad social.

En el primer párrafo, por ejemplo, denuncia a un hombre que "habla en matemáticas, zumba como un refrigerador y es como una radio desintonizada". Está claro que este sujeto no es necesariamente malvado, incluso puede ser una buena persona; pero su apariencia, su separación de las reglas (incluso en contra de su propia voluntad) le apartan de la sociedad y esta sociedad (representada por el hombre medio que le denuncia) es la que demanda los servicios de la Policía del Karma para deshacerse de esta persona cuyo comportamiento les incomoda.

En 1984 (George Orwell, 1949) se nos hablaba del Ministerio de la Verdad y el Gran Hermano, una sociedad en la que todos eran denunciantes y la Policía del Pensamiento (semejante a la Policía del Karma) perseguía no sólo los actos sino incluso los pensamientos.

En Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury, 1950), igualmente, toda la sociedad, convertida en soplones del régimen establecido, denunciaban actos que hoy en día nos parecen ridículos, pero que en el pasado, tristemente, no lo han sido, como es la posesión de libros, en definitiva, un pensamiento diferente al oficial.

La Policía del Karma, de Radiohead, actualiza este concepto, demostrándonos que esas aberraciones no son cosa del pasado. Hoy en día todos seguimos formando parte de una inmensa red de denunciantes, adeptos a las normas sociales que nos hacen sentir seguros y que nos impelen a rechazar al que es diferente.

"He dado todo lo que puedo
pero seguimos en nómina."



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Jorge De La Cruz Talamantes

I always remember you, like a child girl.

Matthew Trigg

After the first 3 words I was getting worried if you was going to break out as Britney Spears 😄

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user9472

There’s nothing like strolling causally around the British countryside and seeing Thom yorke telepathically driving a car

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adonai yah

That's what you get when you mess with thom

J p b Dude

While being drunk.

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