"Supercollider" as written by and Thomas Edward/greenwood Yorke....
Super collider
Dust in a moment
Particles scatter
Parting from the soup

Swimming upstream
Before the heavens crack open
Thin pixelations
Coming out from the dust

In a blue light
In a green light
In a half light
In a work light

In a B-spin
Flip flopping
In a pulse wave
Outstepping

To put the shadows back into
The boxes

I am open
I am welcome
For a fraction
Of a second

I have jettisoned my illusions
I have dislodged my depressions

I put the shadows back into
The boxes


Lyrics submitted by GoochyLittlePig, edited by Mellow_Harsher, Radiohead123, Keldt, FunkyTim, BIRDDUDE830

"Supercollider" as written by Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood Thomas Edward Yorke

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  • +3
    My Interpretation(sorry for typos english is my 2nd language) TO ME : This song interprets our universe as it expands through dark energy(which is what keeps us expanding infinitely). The 11th dimension of M-Theory(also called Supersymmetry) are said to be proof our horizon may no longer be unreachable.... the Obvious connection lays on the LARGE HADRON COLLIDER and the way it works , chronologically describes each moment of the coming together and speed up process of the particles collision.

    1. "THE heavens crack open"- refers to how this may be the prove that there is no heaven but the one within your mind.

    2. "Before it leaves crack open , thin pixelation..." -a noted references of the HUGE 50,000 megapixels cameras waiting for the moment the HEAVENS WILL CRACK (these set up around the diameter of the "SOUP" to take images of the man created big bang.


    3."I put the shadows back into their boxes" , referring to the MYSTERY , HUMANITYs biggest QUESTION , the SHADOW of GOD or the one of NOT GOD. The light casted from the explosion to the shadow of GOD (creator) ... making it visible for us humans to know the TRUTH behind our biggest shadow.

    For most mind travelers , it is rational to think there are OTHER dimensions on this UNIVERSE , but we may only see them in our minds

    TO me its like Thom sees himself as being that molecule traveling around the big "SOUP" going faster , describing what he sees, what he feels , flip flopping , hot stepping , Light bends into space as closer we get to the speed of light he describes the cold feeling of a BLUE light with the GREEN LIGHT that THE KING OF LIMBS has given us.

    Lets NOT FORGET HOW PERFECT THIS CLOSES OUT THE KING OF LIMBS by "DISLODGING MY DEPRESSION"

    "Angels hanging from the balcony".... the significance of of ANGELS no longer the same ... after the SUPER COLLIDER.

    and thats my Opinion and interpretation. All feedback welcome , RADIOHEAD NEVER STOP TO CEASE the IMAGES that through your sound waves you put in our heads and bounce them back and forth , haunting notes of wisdom. BRILLIANT this song , simply brilliant!!!
    RADIOHEAD=UNIQUENESS



    QuantumRH6on April 20, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentBefore the CERN super collider was started up there was much wringing of hands about what might happen. Some scientists actually suggested we don't know what we're doing and that we might actually set off a reaction that could destroy the world. A similar argument was often made during the Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer later quoted ancient Indian scripture to describe himself "I am become death."

    This song, I believe, has several voices - that of the scientist watching the colored lights, that of the concerned citizen (trust in the moment) and most important of all the voice of the "thing" exposed during that fraction of a fraction of a billionth of a second after the particles collide. It is that thing that puts the shadows back into their boxes. It is that thing that is opened and welcomed into the world for a fraction of a second. And it is that thing that sees angels hanging over the balcony.

    Angels, according to Zoroastrian/Judaic/Christian and Muslim beliefs, often watch what we humans do and in this case they are so fascinated to see if we will destroy ourselves that they are not just watching passively but hanging over the balcony of heaven to watch.
    broadpathon July 03, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLyrics:
    Super collider
    dust in a moment
    particles scatter
    brought in from the ...
    swimming upstream
    before the heavens crack open
    thin pixellated
    coming up from the dust

    in a blue light
    in a green light
    in a half life
    in an arc light
    in a ... spin
    flip-flopping
    in a ...
    I'd step in
    to put the shadows
    back into
    the box

    I am open
    I am welcome
    for a fraction
    of a second
    I have jettisoned my illusions
    I have dislodged my depression

    I put the shadows
    back into the boxes

    I put the shadows
    back into the boxes

    Obviously about trying to get rid of depression using an analogy of how the 'super collider' works... by shattering every particle (of expectations in this case).

    It feels like an unfinished song. But i am starting to understand it. It's just not satisfying to me emotionally--not lyrically or musically.



    eatenbythewormson November 18, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is what i can hear from the song

    Super collider
    Dust in a moment
    Particles scatter
    Parting from the soup

    Streaming upstream
    Before the heavens crack open
    Thin pixelations
    Coming out from the dust

    In a blue light
    In a green light
    In a dark light
    In a half light

    In a B-spin
    Flip flopping
    In a pulse wave
    Out-stepping

    I put the shadows back into the boxes

    I am open
    I am welcome
    For a fraction
    Of a second

    I have jettisoned my illusions
    I have dislodged my depressions

    I put the shadows back into the boxes
    I put the shadows back into the boxes
    I see the angel hanging over the balcony
    luizmemeon January 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat new song.

    Love the optimism.
    tcaporaleon January 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell well this is a good moment 1st to comment on this new song.... not sure what it means yet but its sureto be a great hit on LP8.... the big wait has already begun :P
    jamie-SMBHon July 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for the lyrics guys. Thom played this song last summr in Amsterdam. Simply gotta love it.

    Meaning is open to your won favourite interpretation (as in all radiohead lyrics) but there is a clear reference to the big protone collier build in Switserland (CERN).
    'particles scatter' etc.
    the_Bartmanon September 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfakeplastickees, those lyrics you typed are only from the first performance... apparently Thom forgot the correct lyrics, so those are the ones he came up with on the spot. GoochyLittlePig's lyrics are accurate for the subsequent performances, where he had the lyrics ready.
    feverheadon November 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLP8... It's going to be epic, isn't it?
    bentheindividualon November 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe fact that this song hasn't been recorded is probably the best evidence that there must be a King of Limbs follow-up of some sort coming soon. This is just such an incredible song, it would be a shame if it weren't recorded.
    htcdb125on February 28, 2011   Link

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