2 + 2 = 5
Lyrics Radiohead

Are you such a dreamer?
To put the world to rights?
I'll stay home forever
Where two and two always
Makes up five

I'll lay down the tracks
Sandbag and hide
January has April's showers
And two and two always
Makes up five

It's the devil's way now
There is no way out
You can scream and you
Can shout
It is too late now

You have not been
Paying attention

I try to sing along
I get it all wrong
I swat em like flies but
Like flies the burgers
Keep coming back
Maybe not
"All hail to the thief"
"But I am not!"
"Don't question my authority
Or put me in the dock"
Coz I'm not!
Go and tell the king that
The sky is falling in
When it's not
Maybe not.

(Ahh diddums.)

Song facts

"2 + 2 = 5 (The Lukewarm.)" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released as the third and final single from their sixth album Hail to the Thief in 2003. The song reached number 15 on the United Kingdom singles chart.

The song's title recalls the symbol of unreality from George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the book, inhabitants of an authoritarian future state are made to engage in doublethink, replacing their own conscience and beliefs with those imposed from above. The 'Thought Police' in the novel coerce self-aware citizens into admitting that two plus two equals five to prove the point that even though two plus two does not logically equal five, logic does not matter when no one else is willing to agree that two plus two equals anything else, under threat of pain or death.

Hail to the Thief lists subtitles, or alternative titles, for each of its songs. The alternative title for "2 + 2 = 5" is "The Lukewarm.". Singer Thom Yorke has mentioned it as a reference to the works of Dante.


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