"Revolving doors" as written by and Jamie Hewlett Damon Albarn....
Revolving doors what have I done
Someone on the TV attempting love
Revolving doors what will I become
A redneck song

Paid up for a seven
But he only got an eight now, now
I feel that I'm paused by all the pills
I see no wrong, yeah

On a foggy day
Revolving doors in London to a foggy day in Boston
Revolving doors in London to a foggy day in Boston
I sit in a diner
And the Beatles play

I'm paid up for a seven
But I only got S-O-eight oh now

I feel that I'm paused by all the pills
I seem to run out here

Revolving doors
It's stormy on the eastern sea board
He got silver up his night

He paid up for three
But got only two

Revolving doors in London to a foggy day in Boston
Revolving doors in London to a foggy day in Boston

Then he said
Seems I was born for this
Seems I was born to this
Revolving doors
Revolving doors

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"Revolving Doors" as written by Jamie Christopher Hewlett Damon Albarn

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    My InterpretationI think this song is about 2D and his new, unfamiliar, and uncomfortable surroundings. When he says, "Revolving doors, what have I done" I think he's talking about his usual life in London and he wishes he hadn't come to the USA (They even mention several times at Plastic Beach that 2D didn't want anything to do with a third album or the band in general). At the part about the "pills", I think he's taking his migraine pills again because he's so upset with all that is happening and he takes the pills at an attempt for him cope with the emotional pain when he mentions "I see no wronging". "Sitting in the diner" is also 2D's attempt of coping with depression and the Beatles playing are reminding him of London which is making him more depressed because the more he listens to the Beatles, the more he wants to go home. At the "seven but got eight" and "paid up for three but got only two" parts, he might be talking about the state of the economy and the government's rip-offs, which is also making him more depressed. The "stormy on the Eastern sea board" is probably 2D at the brink of suicide because all the factors are welling up inside of him; bumming weather, thinking of London, listening to the Beatles, the economy, and the pills.

    This song might actually be 2D's cry for help since Murdoc is holding him against his will to do a lot of things that 2D doesn't want to do and the Gorillaz mailing list sent out an interview with 2D saying that he thinks "'Gorillaz' is composed mostly of Russel, 'Demon Days' is composed mostly of Noodle, 'Plastic Beach' is composed mostly of Murdoc, and 'The Fall' is composed mostly of yours truly, 2D"
    BlackShadowZombieNinjaon March 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLONG LIVE THE UKULELE!!!
    FBombon January 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he might be singing

    "I feel that impulse, buy all the pills"

    blackmantison January 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think BlackShadowZombieNinja said it pretty much spot on. The only thing I can add in is, I think there might be some symbolism in the title. A revolving door, think about it. It circles around and you can go into one, but you can't go back out the same way you came. I think it might parallel 2D's situation as a musical artist. He got into it, he got famous, but now he can't go back to how life was before, even if he wants to. It's played up more in those last lines, "It seems I was born for this." I.E., he feels like he was born to record and perform, like that's his only purpose now, and from the melancholy vibe of the whole song, he seems kind of hallow to the notion.
    ChromePiggyon April 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIf I remember correctly it's stated somewhere that the inspiration for this song were the revolving doors in front of a hotel in Texas where the group was staying. Apparently this made 2D realize how far away from home he was and how out of place he felt.
    fromatozon September 13, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis so far my favorite song off The Fall. I love it. And by the way that stuff about the whole album being made off an iPAD was a joke people. Sheesh. It started a whole epidemic rumor! lol
    RejectFalseIconson April 03, 2011   Link

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