"Go Slowly" as written by and Thomas Edward/greenwood Yorke....
Oh Maria, come slowly
Come slowly to me
I've been waiting
Patient, patiently

I didn't care but now I can see
That there's a way out
That there's a way out

That there's a way out
That there's a way out
That there's a way out


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"Go Slowly [*]" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +3
    General CommentWhat this song, and all of his other songs are talking about, is that there is a way out of life. There is no real reality, there is only the idea that were alive. Thom, and many other artists or spiritual leaders know this. Life is attachment, suffering due to this. The music, is a window, a way to see OUT from this illusion. The music is simply to help unlock your third eye and allow you to see back "home". Our real home, the place everyone forgot upon "birth". Hes trying to wake you all up. Stop looking at it from physical standpoints, or even psychological, its purely spiritual blended with multipul meanings an layers, the bottom layer being that wich i mentioned. Thank you. Ill see you on the other side, where the sun is blue.
    thought_processeson February 19, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe first time I heard this song it created an unmistakable image in my head of someone dying and moving towards the light.

    I enjoy looking at the song as being written by an atheist with a very bleak look on life. The way I see it, he's been been waiting for death to take him away from his useless, inescapable life, but as he's finally passing away he sees the light, and finds a way out. (With this interpretation it definitely helps to imagine that the first line of the song is "oh believer").

    Another way I like to look at it is from the point of view of someone awakening from a coma. As if they've become aware of the dream world they're immersed in, they can sense the vague sounds and touches of the real world reaching out to them, and they are fighting to escape the trance that has posessed them for so long.

    Any way you wanna look at it, it's a another classic Radiohead song that reaches out, sucks you in, and evokes all sorts of emotions in you.
    brianmmfon February 17, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe opening guitar riff reminds me of There There...
    ilovealkalineon June 05, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDon't see it only relationship-wise. The beauty of the lyrics (and art in general) is that you can interpret it in many ways. For example it could be about a person who feels distant and isolated. Closed to himself for many years, although he doesn't like his state of being, he does nothing to change it maybe because he thinks that this isn't possible. After many internal struggles he finds the balance with himself and so the way out from never-ending depression.
    Looks quite Thom York's situation doesn't it?
    lostbattleson February 06, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti just cant get over the sheer...desperateness of his voice in the ending aaahh's

    it puts my insides in a vise and wrenches them into pieces.

    I LOVE IT.
    rachel__faceon October 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that this song is deeply religious. Maria is mother of God,
    and he found a way back to religion. Religion gives a way out.
    (sorry for my bad english!)
    drAlojzon November 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe correct lyrics are:

    Over here (or Oh Maria)
    Come slowly
    Come slowly to me
    I've been waiting
    Patient
    Patiently

    I didn't know it
    But now i can see
    That there's a way out

    So it's not so cryptic after all. It's a love song and he's telling her that there's a way out of their current situation so they can be together. That's my guess at least.
    eatenbythewormson July 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have listened to it a good 30+ times now, I still have no clue, but the closest it sounds like is the following-

    Ah Maria, come slowly, come slowly, to me
    I've been waiting patient- patient-ly
    I didn't care but now I can see that there's a way out,
    That there's a way out,
    That there's a way out,
    That there's a way out,
    That there's a way out.

    To me, it sounds like the literal words of perhaps an old man, waiting for a daughter or granddaughter (Maria) who has been waiting for her/anyone to visit, and upon the literal sight of her he has had a metaphorical vision of a 'way out', which I assume to be now that this girl has visited him, he can die happy/free/whatever. It's the best I can do for now
    Mobytosson February 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMusically trying to capture heaven. lyrically the whole album is about finding god. heart in right place, cat gives back tongue.
    coldwindblowingon June 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOver here
    Come slowly
    Come slowly to me
    I've been waiting
    Patient
    Patiently
    I didn't
    But now I can see

    That there's a way out
    That there's a way out

    That there's a way out
    That there's a way out
    That there's a way out

    I'm pretty sure he says "Over here" if you go to greenplastic.com(a radiohead fansite) they have all the songs and their lyrics and is a pretty upscale website which seems pretty accurate. As far as the song goes, It seems like a love song gone wrong, a loved one who left(come slowly to me), who he longs for to come back(I've been waiting), but as time goes on he's faced with reality, our first defense is denia(he didn't), but after awhile(now I can see), reality kicks in, he now knows that he has to go on without her, move on, find the "way out"....
    no1knowsmeon April 29, 2009   Link

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