Radiohead – Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower appears on Radiohead’s 8th studio album, The King Of Limbs, released digitally on February 18th, 2011.

Thom Yorke premiered the song Lotus Flower at a warm-up show with his other band Atoms For Peace on October 2nd 2009 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. The first time it was played at a Radiohead show was at the Haiti fundraiser they did in 2010. The last time Thom Yorke performed the song before the release was at a solo show Cambridge’s Corn Exchange, February 25, 2010 and announced it as ‘something newish’. On February 18th, the video for the song was launched as the first single of The King Of Limbs.

Available on: The King Of Limbs

Lyrics:

I would shape myself into your pocket
Invisible
Do what you want
Do what you want
I would shrink and I would disappear
I would slip into the groove
And cut me up
And cut me up
There’s an empty space inside my heart
Where the weeds take root
So now I set you free
I’ll set you free
Slowly we unfold
As lotus flowers
Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
Just to see what if
Just to see what is
I can’t kick your habit
Just to feed your fast-ballooning head
Listen to your heart
We would shrink and then be quiet as mice
And while the cat is away
Do what we want
Do what we want
There’s an empty space inside my heart
Where the weeds take root
So now I set you free
I’ll set you free
Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
just to see what if
Just to see what is
The bird that’s flown into my room
Slowly we unfold
As lotus flowers
Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
I dance around the pit
The darkness is beneath
I can’t kick your habit
Just to feed your fast-ballooning head
Listen to your heart

The video, launched on YouTube on February 18th, for Lotus Flower is produced and directed by Garth Jennings, edited by Leila Sarraf, Choreographed by Wayne McGregor. The director of photography is Nick Wood.

Also check these videos with Thom Yorke dancing to anything but Lotus Flower.

Pre-release live videos

Echoplex, Los Angeles, October 2nd, 2009

Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, January 24th, 2010

Corn Exchange in Cambridge, February 25th, 2010