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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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



Elliot Anderson

I have spent hours of my life thinking about this song so I thought I should have my take on the meaning.

First off, the song is not from the perspective of Thom or the car, basically, but instead from inside of the chased man’s head. He’s grown annoyed with life and frustrated with himself and taking it out on the people around him, thinking that annoying, know-it-all coworker or the young, ‘trendy’ girl or whoever seems it is at that moment; he pushes him problems off on other people, making excuses for the people who annoyed him or wronged him with how they are truly better than him in some ways, saying “the Karma Police will come get ‘em.” Later, he’s pushed it off to far and has no one to blame but himself, realizing he was the one to blame for his failures, quickly falling off of his own ‘stable’ plane of reality, yelling “I’ve given all I can, it’s not enough,” and preparing for the “this is what you’ll get,” that he has bestowed upon others. He realizes he is to blame for his own failures, but is able to regain control of himself and his life, after he so lost himself, moving on with his life for the better from this period of blame and hatred and cynicism. The music video ends with the man setting the car on fire, burning off that part of his mind, killing the karma police that have plagued his mind and ability to live his life.

I think this could apply to all of us, as sometimes we let the karma police decide what’s right and wrong, and allow ourselves to make excuses. But what humanity needs is to get out of this rut, and to find themselves, not letting others define your own successes, and believing in yourself.

Thank you for coming to my TED-Talk.

Edit: It seems I sparked a major philosophical discussion in the replies below; I love that so much. This isn’t supposed to be a definitive answer, just one man’s ideas. I encourage anyone to discuss this kinda stuff if you find it interesting or you have your own ideas.



Reiko

It’s been years but I felt like I needed to reply to the latter comments in this thread.

Ever heard of the saying “fake it til you make it?” Hell yeah you should force yourself to be positive. Nothing good comes out of being consumed by negativity. Not only does that just make you a ball of misery, but it puts other people off and closes so many doors to you. Force yourself to be positive until you no longer have to.

Ever wake up in the morning feeling like absolute shit and like the rest of your day is going to suck? It’s so important to look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself it’s going to be a great day, even if you don’t feel like it.

Positivity doesn’t suppress you, nor should it be used as an excuse to stay in a bad situation. That’s delusion, not positivity.

Being self-reflective and going through life with a positive outlook is the only way to live without being miserable and infecting that misery onto others.

All this said, it’s okay to feel sad, angry, scared, etc. We all feel that, and we all need to feel that. But dwelling on negativity just traps us in a spiral of dark thoughts. Let yourself be sad or angry or scared, and then get the fuck up and do something about it.

Positivity pushes you forward. Negativity either keeps you in the same place, or pushes you further back.



All comments from YouTube:

Yahaira Lopez

Radiohead is like that one memory you cant remember but love having the idea of.

Zack Zallie

I got familiar with Radiohead cuz they remind me of some Indonesian bands and they all evoked the vocal styles of Thom Yorke. Even Muse and Coldplay had some major Radiohead sound. Kanye West has some experimentation that reminds me of later Radiohead.

Fausta Panteghini

So true

Sixtixx

theyre a creepe

Luke Zuzga

Well said...

Carina Rosales

@Joe Schmoe yeah you're right

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Kevin Caldarella

Not sure why, but I’ve always considered this one of the best music videos of all time! Terrifying… like a bad dream

J

The way the camera smoothly rocks up and down with the car for each bump in the road and the long takes with panning, it's really satisfying to watch.

Matthew Trigg

Even the car pissed itself scared.

Josh Shrum

@MistaPepeR128 Hahaha thanks man.

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