There There
Lyrics Radiohead

In pitch dark I go walking in your landscape.
Broken branches trip me as I speak.
Just because you feel it doesn't mean it's there.
Just because you feel it doesn't mean it's there.

There's always a siren
Singing you to shipwreck.
(Don't reach out, don't reach out)
Steer away from these rocks
We'd be a walking disaster.
(Don't reach out, don't reach out)

Just because you feel it doesn't mean it's there.
(There's someone on your shoulder)
Just because you feel it doesn't mean it's there.
(There's someone on your shoulder)

There there

Why so green and lonely?
Heaven sent you to me.

We are accidents
Waiting waiting to happen.

Song facts

"There There" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, featured on their album Hail to the Thief (2003) and released prior to the album as its first single. "There There" reached number four in the UK Singles Chart and number one in Canada. It also received moderate airplay from US modern rock stations peaking at number fourteen on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, making it the band's most successful single on the radio since "Optimistic" in 2000. On Hail to the Thief the song, like others, is given a subtitle: "The Boney King of Nowhere".

Like many Radiohead songs of the 2000s, "There There" is described by the band as heavily indebted to the band Can, whose songs Radiohead have also covered. Co-produced by Radiohead and Nigel Godrich, the track apparently made lead singer Thom Yorke burst into tears when he heard it in its completed, mixed and mastered state. Live performances of "There There" usually begin with Phil Selway, Jonny Greenwood and Ed O'Brien on drums (the part they play is put together on a synthesizer on the studio version). The song has frequently been a concert opener since 2002, when it made its official debut as part of a tour of Portugal and Spain. A rough version of the song was premiered live during an Internet webcast by Radiohead in early February 2000; a demo of a more complete, but still early arrangement of the song appeared as a b-side in 2003 on the single "2 + 2 = 5". The song has also been performed solo on acoustic guitar by Thom Yorke on several occasions, beginning at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit in October 2002.

The alternate title for the song as listed on the track listing for the album is "The Boney King of Nowhere". This is apparently in reference to an episode of the British children's television show Bagpuss, of which Yorke and his young son are professed fans. A Bagpuss-inspired music video was filmed for "There There". It was directed by Chris Hopewell.


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