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Hogwash | Reviewer: Mr_Beefy | 4/15/11
In reference to Gloria's statement. I think its offensive to say were wasting our time, as well You don't care if he believes in this or that. Musicians yes do create art from there own world. But, when an artist is inspired enough by a topic, such as "society has built robots that will essentially believe anything" I think Thom had a serious concern about this issue. And if we admire him enough to listen to his music as much as we do. The least we could do for him is, listen to what he has to say. If your not interested in the purpose behind the music you listen to, then by all means, dont get involved. But to say we are wasting our time by caring enough about the music we listen to to look into the meaning behind its lyrics is absolute hogwash. For the record, it's people like you, the ones that dont bother to ask questions, and just do as they're told, who let this machine take as much control over us as it has. Everyone needs to start asking more questions, about music, about politics, about war, about money, we all need to start asking a lot more questions. Sorry for ranting.
1984 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/7/11
It's obviously orwell. This is one of the most famous quotes from the book referring to the government's corruption and how they could say anything and the citizens will simply accept it. And nobody wants to risk their lives to question the truth behind the statement 2+2=5.
Ironic song | Reviewer: Jack ftw | 2/19/11
This song is really ironic because it's about acceptingthere is no answer and nothing makes sense it's says January has April showers and 2 and 2 makes a 5 it's pretty much saying sense is a concept nothing really makes sense it's just somethings are more close to the concept of sense somethings justify the concept of sense more than others it's ironic because people will try to make sense of a song which is pretty much about how nothing makes sense
/m/ | Reviewer: chestuart | 1/27/11
i agree to gloria... just feel the music of radiohead and absorb it from ear to heart...
thom yorke is a genius.. and all his lyrics is great and full of meaning and all of their songs really inspired me... but the best of all is.. just sit down.. and feel the music...and everything will be perfect...
why so fixed on?!! | Reviewer: Gloria | 1/26/11
Hey!why are you so fixed on finding out the meaning of every little word in Radiohead songs?! honestly!It's sick!the most beautiful thing about them is that they are just simply inspiring musicians, they create their music from their own intimate world and I am not interested at all in knowning that,if they wanted to mean this or that. For me it is a pleasure just to feel their music,sounds and rythms and the atmospheare around them. Come on! do not squeeze your brains anymore!honestly you are wasting your time dudes!
"1984" by: George Orwell | Reviewer: George Orwell | 1/6/11
Guys, I'm not sure the exact meaning of this song, but the line 2+2=5 is directly from the book "1984"-George Orwell, like the album Hail to the Thief as a whole, 2+2=5 is heavily influenced (at least lyrically) on George Orwell's books, especially 2+2=5. Anyways, 2+2=5 was an example used when the main character was tortured in a future totalitarian dystopia (1984) and made to understand that whatever "The Party" (The leaders of the dystopia) said, was fact, even if they said 2+2=5, if they questioned the Party, or showed any signs of intelligence under the constant surveillance of The Party, they would be tortured, brainwashed, then killed. It's a good purposeful book, read it
its simple | Reviewer: nobody | 12/25/10
its about the bible. it says "its the devils way now" its about religion changing the contents of the bible. "there is no way out". if you believed on this falls teachers. (search on this kinds of religion that changes the contents of the bible)
My interpretation of this song is very simple! | Reviewer: Perhan | 9/17/10
When you don't beleive or follow anymore what one can see as the most reliable faculty of human reason (mathematics, 2+2=4), then your ego put the responsability of it's own madness and paranoia on others, "you've not been paying attention, I need attention", hide, become indidualistic as hell (check solipsism, or the destructive consequences of extrem rationnality), only rely on fear, and politically results in hailing the thief, big brother (or bush).
Oppression. Where do you hide behind sandbag?
GI's in Baghdad
Gandhi once said... | Reviewer: JoonatanO | 8/30/10
Gandhi once said: "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
When someone says 2 + 2 = 5, remember this.
I'm | Reviewer: josh | 4/10/10
not a big fan of Radiohead, actually very much dislike the majority of their output.
But I really do enjoy this song, and I think I read it in Uncut or something, but Yorke said the "Are you such a dreamer, to put the world to right?" line is a direct reference to Lennon's Imagine, which I thought was great, because it's a great line and I didn't like Imagine either.
It actually encouraged me to listen to the song, so I did, and Hail to The Thief is my favorite album by them. So there we go.
interpertation | Reviewer: writeronmyown | 2/16/10
"Are you such a dreamer To put the world to rights? I'll stay home forever Where two and two always makes a five"
seriously...i might be wrong but, it obviously means only one thing...
on the OUTSIDE world, there's reason, and there's expetations, and maybe logic that i cannot comprehend (the song writer). so i'll just stay in (hide) inside my own world - where 2+2 always makes a 5, because i dont HAVE to make sense with myself! nor to explain myself to anyone.
no govermental or orwell crap...
What nobody else is mentioning | Reviewer: Ryan | 12/20/09
As said before, its an orwell reference. radiohead is always socially meaningful, but also like to make their tracks very personal. i think that a lot of people are missing a certain undertone that plays through out more than one opening track to radiohead albums. i think this song partially refers to the difficulty of well... creating an album. before you jump on me about this, read the lyrics. it can clearly be read into that the band is frustrated at its inability to create the same magic that existed in ok computer. this theme is easily read in the opening track to kid a (everything in its right place) and maybe a bit less obvious but still present in the opening track to in raibows (15 step)
everything in its right place offers a purposely false assurance that while the band once did not understand how to create another album, they finally broke through the hump and are now in a good place. 2+2=5 offers a renewed frustration over the fact that the band once again finds themselves unable to sit down and make that magic happen. they werent paying attention so they ended up in a rut again. 15 step yet again finds the band frustrated, wondering how they ended up where they started... used to be alright (everything in its place)
everything- yesterday i woke up sucking on lemon
there are 2 colors in my head
what was that you tried to say
(all about the band being unable to come together until they finally "got it")
2+2-i stay home forever but 2+2 always makes a 5
i LAY DOWN THE TRACK
i try to sing alone but i get it all wrong
you have not been paying attention
dont question my authority or put me in a box
(trying to make it work but it just wont fall into place... just like last time)
15- how come i end up where i started
how come i end up where i went wrong
used to be alright what happened
did the cat get your tongue
did you string come undone
one by one
facts for whatever
(once again finding themselves in a situation where they cant make it work. they see the pattern that follows them from album to album, but are unable to escape it)
- | Reviewer: elixir | 11/14/09
I read Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground, and I quote "I agree that two times two is four is an excellent thing; but if we're going to start praising everything, then two times two is five is sometimes also a most charming little thing." Haha! Writer of Crime and Punishment has such a sense of humor really! Well matched with this awesome song of Radiohead! :DDDD
This is about alot of things. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/9/09
this is obviously talking about how everything we do now we destroy shit. Over in third world countries we destroy our selves, in second world countries we do probably the most damage as we just do work, probably the reason when an alien would look at our planet and see how much bad shit we caused to it would be calling use fucken cancer. Devil's way now.
ok | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/17/09
i think that by saying 2+2=5 they are saying that in the past they made that 2+2=5 and they all new that this was wrong but were too afraid to do something "ill stay home forever where two and two always makes a five"
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