"Lift" as written by and Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood Colin Charles Greenwood....
This is the place
Sit down, you’re safe now
You’ve been stuck in a lift
We’ve been trying to reach you, Thom
This is the place
It won’t hurt ever again

The smell of air conditioning
The fish are belly up
Empty all your pockets
Because it’s time to come home

This is the place
Remember me?
I’m the face you always see
You’ve been stuck in a lift
In the belly of a whale
At the bottom of the ocean

The smell of air conditioning
The fish are belly up
Empty all your pockets
Because it’s time to come home

The smell of air conditioning
The fish are belly up
Let it go

Today is the first day
Of the rest of your days

So lighten up, squirt


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"Lift" as written by Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood Colin Charles Greenwood

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    General Comment(2nd version)

    This is the place
    Remember me?
    I'm the face you always see

    You've been stuck in a lift
    We've been trying to reach you

    This is the place
    It won't hurt, it will not hurt

    A smell of recognition
    A face you barely loved
    Empty all your pockets
    Cos it's time to go home

    Only one, only one
    Only one, only one
    Only one, only one
    Only one (??)

    You've been stuck in a lift
    In a belly of a whale
    At the bottom of the ocean

    A smell of recognition
    A face you barely loved
    Empty all your pockets
    Cos it's time to go home

    Only one, only one
    Only one, only one
    Only one, only one
    Only one (??)
    Limblesson March 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so hot. I think it makes it especially touching, since he actually addresses himself in the first version... And the last line, 'so lighten up squirt' is like, "dude, don't be so serious"... Which is funny. The string synth sounds on this make its impact pretty tight, too.
    Limblesson March 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentGod. Heard a live version of this last week off Green Plastic. Shit! This is one of their best songs ever. No joke. They have got to put this on their 7th L.P. or I'm gonna complain. What a great song.
    Geeballs14on June 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. Probably my favourite out of the unrecorded bunch.

    It's about a guy (Thom? seeing as adresses himself), who's likening an ordeal about being stuck in a lift to being distant, alienated and serious about life. At the end of the song, he tells himself that today will be the first day of the rest of his days, making a new start, and lightening up in the future.

    I guess the lift symbolises being trapped out from society.
    Snapmanon December 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song; I always hoped it would be on each subsequent Radiohead album but my hopes have dimmed now. Real shame; definitely one of their best.
    ReActoron January 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song resonates with some emptiness like How to Dissapear.. but its sweeter... like getting rid of baggage; "empty all your pockets/ it's time to go home"
    yet another brilliant song... the version from green plastic has got some pretty hyeana sounding fans in the audience though. makes me wonder --- what would i throw at radiohead in one of their gigs?
    topaincayupanquion January 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of their best songs ever.
    too bad i can't find it ANYWHERE
    i love how he talks to himself in the beginning
    "This is the place
    Remembering all the things you always see

    You've been stuck in a lift
    In the belly of a whale
    At the bottom of the ocean

    A smell of recognition
    A face you barely loved
    Empty all your pockets
    'Cause it's time to go home

    Today is the first day of the rest of your days
    So lighten up, squirt "
    amazing.
    talk about depressing.
    Ailujon April 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti actually find this song more uplifting than depressing. the music itself reminds me somewhat of lucky, it deffinately sounds more epic and grand then their minimalist work, but the lyrics seem to hint like he's trying to get over depression or saddness. he's been "stuck in a lift... in the belly of a whale". his depression and saddness has consumed him whole, he's trapped by it and finally realizes that people are trying to save him and "it's time to go home". in the end he's sees that he is finally out and he should "lighten up" for "today is the first day of the rest of your days". to me it kinda ties into the themes of being reborn present in airbag
    no_one69on January 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much.
    i agree with no_one69 completely.

    i relate to this song too too much
    kimthestrangeon July 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much.
    i agree with no_one69 completely.

    i relate to this song too too much
    kimthestrangeon July 05, 2007   Link

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