Radiohead Lyrics

Videotape

When I’m at the pearly gates
This will be on my videotape, my videotape
Mephistopheles is just beneath
and he’s reaching up to grab me

This is one for the good days
and i have it all here
In red, blue, green
Red, blue, green

You are my center
When I spin away
Out of control on videotape
On videotape
On videotape
On videotape

This is my way of saying goodbye
Because I can’t do it face to face
I’m talking to you before

No matter what happens now
You shouldn’t be afraid
Because I know today has been the most perfect day I’ve ever seen.

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: October 10, 2007 digitally, December 3, 2007 CD & Vinyl
Found on: In Rainbows

In an interview with the New Musical Express December 8, 2007, Thom Yorke talked about the recording of this song about a dying man saying goodbye to loved ones on old-fashioned videotape: “We would have these days where there were big breakthroughs and then suddenly… no. ‘Videotape’ to me was a big breakthrough, we tried everything with it. One day I came in and decided it was going to be like a fast pulse-like a four to the floor thing and everything was going to be built from that. We threw all this stuff at it. But then a couple of months later I went out and came back and Jonny and (the producer) Nigel Godrich had stripped it back. He had this bare bones thing, which was amazing.”
Thom Yorke expanded on the recording of this song in an interview with Mojo Magazine February 2008: “We were looking for something that had a real effect on us, an emotional impact, and that happened when we were doing ‘Videotape’ and I was semi kicked out of the studio for being a negative influence. Stanley (Donwood who did the album’s artwork) and I came back a bit worse for wear at about 11 in the evening and Jonny and Nigel had done this stuff to it that reduced us both to tears. It completely blew my mind. They’d stripped all the nonsense away that I’d been piling onto it, and what was left was this quite pure sentiment.”

 

Mephistopheles is a name given to one of the chief demons of Christian mythology that figure in European literary traditions. The name is frequently used as an alternative form of Satan or the Devil. Because the name Mephistopheles evolved during the Renaissance, Mephistopheles makes no appearance in the Bible.

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  • Villa

    Beautiful.