"Staircase" as written by and Thomas Edward/greenwood Yorke....
I walk down the staircase,
Magnetic pull.
Back to the other place
That I cannot go.
I'm sending a chopper,
To steal you away.

The pot is full,
Let me take control,
Let me take control.

The pot is full
Of secrets to be told,
Secrets to be told.

Out of orbit
And I always will.

The pot is full,
Let me take control,
Let me take control.

The pot is full
Of secrets to be told,
Secrets to be told

Lyrics submitted by JasonBourne

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

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +6
    General Commenthonestly..im definately not a person who tries to make everything religious. but when i hear the lyrics, it sound to me like its supposed to be God talking.
    its a little harder to tell from these new lyrics, than from thom york's original version from new york.
    but if you read it through, thinking its God talking to someone he loves it makes perfect sense. especially in the original version where he says "let it go, let me take control" it sounds like he's talking to someone who suffered a great ordeal and cant trust him afterwards. and when i hear him say "the pot is full", it makes me think of the persons suffering,saying that they cant take anymore. and "of secrets to be told" sounds like God had a reason for the suffering " and he is going to tell him the secrets of why he put him through it.
    The whole thing just sounded like it was from someone up above.

    its probably a total stretch. but thats just what it sounded like to me
    Cookumson July 17, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI think the song is about celebrity and the addictive quality of it
    'magnetic pull of staircase' - he wants to go back to the old life but he can't
    and there may be memories of someone that he associates with the old life that
    he yearns for
    The chopper is a symbol of wealth, not everyone can have a chopper
    he wants to send it in and get someone from the past who he loves or cares about
    his pot of full
    of experience, of life and of memories and secrets that celebrity does not own
    only he owns the pot of his own secrets
    and he can control almost everything in his life due to his celebrity but
    he can't control the other person who won't let him take her into his orbit
    but he wants to
    the song is deep about his current stage of life
    middle age
    he is remembering something precious of the past and that is why the song is really
    beautiful and a bit melancholy
    the high sounds at the end is the conclusion of the yearnings he cannot reach or have
    lululeeon September 03, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is talking about an old relationship that Thom cannot forget.

    "I walk down the staircase - Magnetic pull". Thom can't resist meeting her again, and wants her to come back.
    "The pot is full - Of secrets to be told". Thom wanted to know her better. It was such a short relationship, Thom doesn't want to go back to the "other place", a lonely, gloomy place. He feels like he is missing something. I'm not really sure how to explain it really (since I'm a dumbass 13 year old lol), a complex way of singing about love being an emotion - a jigsaw fitting the rest of the puzzle.

    I adore this song, it beats TKOL by a million miles, like Supercollider and The Butcher. Just brilliant.
    deviant5on June 24, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think it's a song about a staircase.
    DeedleDudeon January 01, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentto me this song seems to be a surreal exploration of the mind, or

    about the 'place' from which the music comes, reassuring that the source is still flowing
    the pot is full
    secrets to be told- ideas, words and melodies yet unknown

    out of orbit a sense of detachment, and freedom
    about the feeling of incoming ideas
    where do they come from?

    the staircase leads down a train of thought
    and one does not always seem to be entirely in control of it, magnetic pull
    it can't be the only staircase

    let me take control
    of the power lurking in these lurid depths

    it's all wrapped up in a delicate balance
    beautiful as the song is
    rhinosepherouson February 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think this song is about someone losing it completely due to stress and work or something and Thom is saying, "I'll deal with it. Let me take control. It's okay."
    Crane42on September 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI hear "I have always, And always will" instead of "Out of orbit".
    eidorianon June 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThom is very political and could be taking a stand: "the pot" "chopper" could also be refering to Murdoch and the illuminati:Power,Lies and
    Corruption (title of a New Order album);). I personally, grew up in the 80's, and if we want a better future for our children we need to take a stand: "A NEW ORDER" so to speak.

    The romantic in me and what I am going through personally really enjoy lululee's take on the song. :)

    I also agree with Crane42. Great comments guys!
    Karri1515on December 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAs in "The Daily Mail", I think this is a political song. On one hand it reminds me of the Wikileaks, when they talk about a pot full of secrets to be told... and how the pursuit of truth will continue whatever happens to Assange and the whole Wikileaks stuff. On the other hand, it also reminds me on tabloids, and how we get dominated by the irresistible neeed to go downstairs and rejoice on the rich and famous's s**t, while we give up making our real revolution.
    joseaon August 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm almost certain this song is alluding to their upcoming album that they've been quietly working on throughout the years ;-). Wikipedia European Magpie. Read the different rhymes that can be found on the wikipedia page about the ancient myths regarding magpies...

    the universe will sigh.............. I'm moving out of orbit.. Good Morning Mr. Magpie.....Stole my memory.. You are not mine, I am not yours...Little by little, by hook or by crook.. I can't kick the habit.. Bird lights float into my room...The darkness is beneath.. Jump of the end.. Gather up the lost and sold... When at last you'll give in, wake me up... if you think this is over, then you're wrong... secrets to be told... Out of orbit and I always will... I'm sending a chopper to steal you away..Back to the place I cannot go............. Feeling pulled apart by horses.......
    davidaubrjon September 04, 2012   Link

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