"Separator" as written by and Thomas Edward/greenwood Yorke....
It's like I'm fallen out of bed
From a long, weary dream
The sweetest flowers and fruits are hanging from trees
Falling off the giant bird that's been carrying me
It's like I've fallen out of bed
From a long and vivid dream
Just exactly as I remember
Every word
Every gesture

And my heart, in my mouth
Like I'm fallen out of bed
From a long and vivid dream
Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

And as that woman blows her cover
In the eye of the beholder
I'm a fish now out of water
Falling off a giant bird that's been carrying me

I fell open
I laid under
At the tip out
I was just your number
I want stay on it
And get back under

And if you think this is over
Then you're wrong
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong

(Wake me up, wake me up)
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong
(Wake me up, wake me up)
Like I'm fallen out of bed
From a long and vivid dream
Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

When at last you'll give in
When at last you'll give in

Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up


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"Separator" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +5
    General CommentThis could just be me injecting my own life into this song (which tends to happen a lot), but I feel like this track might contain some references to addiction and someone who's trying to separate himself from the drug get his life back on track. 'Falling out of bed from a long weary dream' --the person has essentially been living in a dream world or drug-induced haze and is starting to wake up. The 'giant bird' could have to do with highs. I sense there was a relationship or start of one that was cut off by the drug use, and as the addict wakes up he starts remembering the person: "the root," "a heart in cold ground" --a feeling or connection that has the potential to grow into a relationship. Maybe she's been trying to get over him, but when he looks at her he can tell she still cares: "every woman blows her cover in the eye of the beholder." He knows that there's still something there between them: "if you think this is over then your wrong."
    The rhythmic section sounds like something is building over and over again but with a constant sense of deepening calm. Something is going to happen, things are going to change. The person wants to wake up and try things again.
    The drug use may be a bit of a stretch, and he could also just be referring to a period of not living in reality. His references to birds and fish seem to indicate that he hasn't been living in the real world for a long time. But now he's fallen off of the bird, he's a fish out of water: on land again.
    That's my take. I'd be curious to hear what you all think.
    tsugahemon February 22, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song should have played at the ending scene of Inception.
    BharathOSon February 19, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationTo me this song is NOTHING to do with relationships or dreams....

    I instantly was convinced that this song is about reincarnation, death and progress to the next stage after this life. Especially when you consider the position of this song on the album, it comes right after "give up the ghost" which seems to be about the actual proccess of dying and saying goodbye. Then we have the reincarnation with this song; it starts off on a completely new, self-assured, uplifting tone.


    "It's like I'm falling out of bed
    From a long, weary dream"

    he's falling off this earth, as the long and tiring events of life have come to an end


    "The sweetest flowers and fruits hang from trees"

    the sweetest things take time to come around. our lives are the fruits, and earth is the tree. we grow larger and more developed over time, eventually our bodies become withered/rotten, and finally we fall off in to the unknown.


    "Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying"

    All the petty indulgent problems that we see as weight carrying us down are completely meaningless in the big picture. In advancement to the next stage, we are free of these closed-minded "problems."


    "As my woman blows her cover
    In the eye of the beholder
    I'm a fish now out of water
    Falling off a giant bird that's been carrying me"

    as my guardian angel reveals herself
    in the eyes of god
    i'm a human now escaped from earth
    falling off a a giant ball that flies through the solar system and carries us all



    "And if you think this is over
    Then you're wrong"

    If you think death is the end
    then you're wrong
    crabladon March 01, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI interpreted this song so that it could relate to me.

    I think it's about someone who has been in the dark about love. They finally found someone who they think is worthwhile and are not willing to give up easily.

    He's "fallen out of bed from a long weary dream" because now he feels like he's living and found a purpose. Now he's seeing the world through rose-colored glasses when he talks about the trees and fruits. He has been in love before and is now recovered from that loss suggested by the lyrics "falling off the giant bird that's been carrying me" he is finally released from that past. And then just exactly as I remember because it's a similar feeling to when his first love.

    Then with his "heart in his mouth" he feels nervous and excited about love like most people do at first when in love. He then says "In the eye of the beholder" which suggests beauty and that this woman is beautiful to him and now he is a fish out of water. He feels nervous and uncomfortable because he's in love.

    I think he possibly expressed his feelings to this woman, "I fell open/ I laid under" he made himself vulnerable and she probably rejected him because "I was just your number" (I was thinking like a number line, people waiting to get to her.)

    Now he is not going to give up, "if you think this is over then you're wrong"
    and the echoes of "wake me up" are how he wants to wake up from this lonely slumber and wants to love and be loved again.
    Sillysarah31on August 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti agree a lot with nobrainnopain as far as the song interpretation, however every tiny thing radiohead does, they do for a reason. there is a dual meaning to the end of the song, "if you think this is over then your wrong" this is clearly not the last that we will have seen from radiohead
    ScatterBrainedon February 21, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst of all, I think these are the correct lyrics, with the changes in asterisks*:

    It’s like i’ve fallen out of bed from a long and vivid dream
    
the sweetest flowers and fruits were hanging from the trees
    
falling off a giant bird that’s been carrying me
    
it’s like i’ve fallen out of bed from a long and vivid dream
    Just exactly as I remember

    Every word, every gesture
    

    *I’ve my heart in my mouth*
    It’s like I’ve fallen out of bed from a long and vivid dream

    Finally I’m free of all the weight I’ve been carrying

    And as that woman blows her cover
    
In the eye of the beholder
    
I’m a fish now, out of water
    Falling off a giant bird that’s been carrying me

    I fell open, I lay under

    At the tip out
    
I lost your number

    I wanna slip over
    And get back under

    If you think this is over, then you’re wrong
    
If you think this is over, then you’re wrong
    
If you think this is over, then you’re wrong
    
If you think this is over, then you’re wrong

    It’s like I’ve fallen out of bed from a long and vivid dream

    Finally I’m free of all the weight I’ve been carrying
    Wake me up
    *When at last you'll give in*

    ---------


    I think it's pretty obvious it's a song about a woman. Not exactly a straight-up love song, but sort of a fantasizing song - perhaps about what could have been, or reminiscing about a one night stand or fling that resonated deeply, or about dreaming about someone you want deeply, but only had a bittersweet taste of.

    "I wanna slip over and get back under" says it all. I want to go back over to your house and get back under the covers, or under you. Or maybe do so for the first time.

    The whole first verse is about recalling the amazing moments they shared together, and how he remembers each nuance of it with clarity. Or, it's a vivid fantasy about the girl whose number he lost. And either the fling or the fantasy was like being carried by a "giant bird," and whatever it is ends abruptly, and he crashes back to earth. It's a harsh reality check. In one sense it's somewhat relieving: "finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying." Sometimes relationships with amazing people (or desiring them) can be intense, so finally being free of them is a load off one's mind. But "wake me up when at last you'll give in" implies he wants more. It's the double-edged sword of love and desire.

    And, as far as "if you think this is over, you're wrong," it's pretty clear how that applies to that sort of relationship. Certainly it's an elegiac / cheeky / appropriate line to slip into the last song of an album, but I think the band has too much integrity and respect for the music itself to use it as some marketing tease for a part 2, or a hint about their future plans. Not to say they aren't fully aware that it would be eaten up by theorists, and that it wasn't emphasized to mess with peoples' minds, but ultimately it's on topic with the rest of the song. The same can be said about the title of the song.
    MrDrexleron February 22, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEasily one of the most beautiful song my ears have ever heard.
    KMC062on March 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionIt's like I'm falling out of bed
    From a long, vivid dream
    The sweetest flowered fruits are hanging from the tree
    Falling off the giant bird that's been carrying me
    It's like I'm falling out of bed
    From a long and vivid dream
    Just exactly as I remember
    Every word
    Every gesture

    I've a heart in my mouth
    Like I'm falling out of bed
    From a long, vivid dream
    Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

    And as that woman blows her cover
    In the eye of the beholder
    I'm a fish now out of water
    Falling off the giant bird that's been carrying me

    I fell open
    I laid under
    At the tip out
    Lost your number
    I want to slip over
    And get back under

    And if you think this is over
    Then you're wrong
    If you think this is over
    Then you're wrong
    If you think this is over
    Then you're wrong

    (Wake me up, wake me up)
    If you think this is over
    Then you're wrong
    (Wake me up, wake me up)
    Like I'm falling out of bed
    From a long, vivid dream
    Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

    When at last you give in
    When at last you give in
    Wake me up, wake me up
    Wake me up, wake me up
    Wake me up, wake me up
    Wake me up, wake me up
    corvidianon July 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionThis is what I heard when I listened to it:

    It's like I'm falling out of bed
    From a long, blue dream
    The sweetest flowers fruits are hang from trees
    Falling off the giant bird that's been carrying me
    It's like I'm falling out of bed
    From a long and weary dream
    Just exactly as I remember
    Every word
    Every gesture

    I'm a heart in cold ground
    Like I'm falling out of bed
    From a long dreary dream
    Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

    As that woman blows her cover
    In the eye of the beholder
    I'm a fish now out of water
    Falling off a giant bird that's been carrying me

    I fell open
    I laid under
    At the tip out
    Lost your number
    I wanna slip over
    And get back under

    And if you think this is over
    Then you're wrong
    If you think this is over
    Then you're wrong
    If you think this is over
    Then you're wrong

    (Wake me up, wake me up)
    If you think this is over
    Then you're wrong
    (Wake me up, wake me up)

    Like I'm falling out of bed
    From a long dreary dream
    Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying
    Well at last (incoherent)
    Well at last (incoherent)
    Wake me up, wake me up
    Wake me up, wake me up
    blackcatmoonon February 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHappily, I have no real idea what this song is about. To me, it is beautifully bittersweet, and probably the best song on the new album. Those guitars around 2:30 are serene.
    Obviously, there is the quite blatant theme of dreams to work around for a meaning. I want to say that it's to do with love, because even though none of the lyrics really hint at that it feels that way to me.

    The 'wake me up' section at the end is actually stunning. If this was the last recorded Radiohead song ever, it would be a spectacular end note.
    palomiteon February 20, 2011   Link

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