"Open the Floodgates" as written by and Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood....
Don't bore us
Get to the chorus
Open the floodgates

We want the good bits
Without the bullshit
And no heartache

Hold on
Hold on

No pain and
No suffering
And no one gets hurt

We absorb you
We absolve you
Open the floodgates

Hold on
Hold on

Lyrics submitted by lysoljackson

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    General Commentthis is not oficially a Radiohead song YET. But i guess it will be soon. This is my favourite NEW unreleased song 'til now...

    I think it's Thom's criticism to fan demand on songs. And the "and no heartache/no pain/no suffering/and no one gets hurt" can be because radiohead is known for having depressing songs and people demand of not wanting that anymore because they can't tolerate it... maybe. the "we absorb you" is pretty clear.

    aisfleon July 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyoutube.com/…

    Thom Yorke at the Echoplex, Los Angeles, October 2, 2009

    This song is very likely to appear on the eighth Radiohead album in 2010.
    lysoljacksonon October 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "absolve" twice.
    bentheindividualon November 28, 2009   Link
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    General Comment^^^ I agree with aisfle's take.

    The lyrics appear to be addressing the band's detractors, and/or us - the music-consuming public - especially those who can only deal with songs full of catchy hooks or sugar-sweet ballads ("don't bore us / get to the chorus"... "and no heartache") and those who decry musical experimentation as self-indulgent waffle ("we want the good bits / without the bullshit")

    YOU decide whether it's a clever dig/cheap shot/mere coincidence that the combo of simple piano melody + Thom's vocal inflection on this song seems to mimic the sound of another successful British band (?)

    Yeah, yeah - before all you Coldplay haters get on your high-horses - I DO realise Mr Martin and Co. 'borrowed' Radiohead's sound FIRST. Methinks 'Open the Floodgates' may just be an ironic form of payback ;)
    Lantaon February 22, 2011   Link

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