Black Star Lyrics - Radiohead

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I get home from work and you're still standing in your dressing gown
Well what am I to do?
I know all the things around your head and what they do to you
What are we coming to?
What are we gonna do?

Blame it on the black star
Blame it on the falling sky
Blame it on the satellite that beams me home

The troubled words of a troubled mind I try to understand what is eating you
I try to stay awake but its 58 hours since that I last slept with you
What are we coming to?
I just don't know anymore

Blame it on the black star
Blame it on the falling sky
Blame it on the satellite that beams me home

I get on the train and I just stand about now that I don't think of you
I keep falling over I keep passing out when I see a face like you
What am I coming to?
I'm gonna melt down

Blame it on the black star
Blame it on the falling sky
Blame it on the satellite that beams me home
This is killing me
This is killing me

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Depression | Reviewer: FCL | 5/10/14

This talk of "romantic love" and Thom Yorke's naivety as a 28 year old seems misguided to me. The song is about the man's struggles to deal with his partner's depression. He tries to blame all their relationship troubles and her behaviour on her depression ("black star") rather than on her as a person so that he can deal with it. This explains the first two verses.

In the last verse, either the relationship has been ended by one of the two choosing to do so, or if we are to be pessimistic, by her suicide. Whichever of these it is, it is talking about how he is trying to deal with this loss but failing to do so i.e. he tries to block her out his mind but he just feels empty in doing so. When he is reminded of her he feels in pain and could also be feeling sorrow, shame or regret (depending on how you perceive their relationship to have eneded)

Re: Mystic and "self-indulgence" | Reviewer: Lukertin | 2/25/13

If you truly think the 43-year old Thom Yorke would look back at Black Star and laugh at his younger, 28-year old self, then you clearly haven't listened to Weird Fishes. He's clearly still infatuated with the idea of romantic love, and the danger that comes when it isn't what one thinks it will be.

Another slightly different view on it | Reviewer: me | 7/27/12

I don't know if it's just me but i see the story behind this song not as just a couple that is slowly breaking apart but as a couple of which the girl is starting losing the feeling of love towards the boy and he feels he can't do anything to prevent this from happening. He can sense it going down, this is killing him but he cannot stop it.

The opening lyric "i come home from work..." strikes me as the situation where a girl is complaining that they don't get out so much or have the fun they used to, and blames her boyfriend of neglecting her, whereas the boy feels he's doing everything he can but he's just trapped in his own routine and comes home tired from work without being able to help it. Combine it with the lyric from another song of Thom's "A heart that's full up like a landfill, a job that slowly kills you, bruises that won't heal" and you get the picture.

The general meaning of this song to me is this feeling of slowly losing the one you love and you can't really blame it on anyone,you or her, cause this is just happening. "Blame it on the black star..." kind of gives the feeling that shit happens and you can't stop them.

I get the impression (not that is important to analyze it as much) that in the story of the song the girl brakes up with the boy, who's devastated "i 'm gonna melt down".

Anyways maybe i see the song like this because it reminds me of my story and how it ended but couldn't help it when it started falling apart even though i could sense her unhappiness. The small differences that we see to a song's meaning are all nice to discuss and they have to do with personal experiences i think. And this why radiohead manage to fuck you up so nicely and with such simplicity. Because you can put yourself in the lyrics.

Enjoy the song lads =)

lovely | Reviewer: G | 4/1/12

To me, this is simple. It's about someone seeing the person he loves falling apart because of depression and not knowing what to do about it, or who to blame, and also not knowing whether to stick around or walk away. The song's related to The Bends, i believe, both in its topic and in its musicality, they're like two parts of one thing.
It doesn't seem to me to be about a couple fighting or anything like that. I don't think it's self-indulgent either. He talks about the things in her mind, how he knows they torment her, and about how he can't find a way to work that out even though he still loves the other person. It's heartbreaking.

Primitive Sublime | Reviewer: Mystic | 2/29/12

I do appreciate Thom Yorke and review these lyrics with that admiration. In other words, I get how his mind works.

This song is really nothing more than a self-indulgent reaction by the protagonist in this song who lost his girl in real time lyrics.

He comes home from work and she's still in her robe, which is to say her day never really started which says she's unhappy with her direction in life which ultimately says she's unhappy with the relationship and in later lines we see that the protagonist broke up with his love (i.e. a Romeo and Juliette story gone bad because of the human condition).

The Black Star is just a metaphor for the human condition.

Thom York was no older than 28 or so when he wrote this song, so the self-indulgence is forgiveable because most men really don't appreciate or really understand love until they're older.

At 28, there's still a fixation on "romantic love" and when love does not project that, one selfishly retreats. This is why divorce rates are so high. People don't understand what true love really is.

All that being said, I love this song because of those very faults. Being in a relationship, no matter how intellectual you want to paint it up to be, is nothing more than a primal instinct to reproduce.

The complications of relationships (disagreements, tensions, etc.) are oddly and ironically the "Black Star."

It's beautiful how Thom Yorke cries in frustration at the end over how this dilemma is "killing me."

His 43 year old self will look at those lyrics he wrote as a 28 year old and laugh. Now that he's a parent, the "Black Star" is something a man of his lifestyle has no time to ponder anymore.

blackstar | Reviewer: +++ | 3/15/11

I really love and hate this song, its always puts me in the space of nowhere in this melody..I always & cant forget the girl for the very last time in my life that I can say that she still in my veins and keep rotating in my orbit hear in my seven pounds.. I really miss her.. and I always really care for her.. blame it to the black star for all this tender loving care symphony.. thanks radiohead!

Awesomeness | Reviewer: Kenzie | 1/20/10

This is by far my favorite Radiohead song and probably song in general. I just want to listen to it forever on loop because I'm not sure that I could ever get sick of it. I also love that the lyrics are so relatable and simple to understand and they can be put forth toward a current situation of mine. I loooooovvvveee it sooo much.

black star | Reviewer: eddie | 1/12/10

Fantasic Radiohead classic.gorgeous to listen to.even better to play on guitar and really feel the music..Terry thats really breakin it down dude.tho the lyrics are self explanatory.its the simplicity of the words that describes how we have all felt at some time

black star | Reviewer: bianca | 8/20/09

this might seem strange, and i do believe its about a troubed relationship but also maybe depression within the female , " he comes home and she's still in her dressing gown" . it reminds me of some books of read. and black star , is the hopelessness of everything and the lack of power he has to help her.

Great Review | Reviewer: Ballack | 6/2/09

I was moved to write this....Terry's interpretation seems SPOT on! I agree with everything said, it is surely about a troubled relationship. It is in a bad state yet the couple is trying to fight for its survival...the last verse implies that they decided to break up, yet still realised that they needed each other, hence "I keep falling over I keep passing out when I see a face like you". Anyway, great song - one of my favourites.
<3 Radiohead

Analysis | Reviewer: Terry | 5/2/09

Ok, so I made this "small" analysis of this song and I wanted to share it with you! x)

So, generally this song is about two people, a couple facing some difficulties & hard parts in tehir relationship.
Although at first sight it seeems it is one of the two addressing the other, I believe they are addressing each other. In other words, they are aiming these lyrics at each other simultaneously. (If u know what I mean?!)

Both people are thinking and contemplating, most probably in the evening ("Tonight, this is killing me"), coz thats when most people think of stuff like that described in the song.

The General concept of the song is that both people want more than anything to be together, but because of some situations and responsibilities it is difficult.

I would like to present the general story in the song by grouping together and analyzing lines: 1, 3, 9, 19, 16, and 17. These lines are similar in the fact that they have the same melody, rhythm, etc etc. Through these lines the understanding and sympathy between the two people is evident ("I know all the things around your head and what they do to you", "I try to understand what is eating you"). They share a common routine ("I get home from work and you're still standing in your dressing gown"). They love each other. The line "
The troubled words of a troubled mind" most probably refer to a recent argue between the two people, which might actually be the cause of their thoughts re their relationship at the momment, as mentioned previously. However, despite any argue, they still try to understand the cause of the argue and what is "eating the other person's mind". The phrase "I dont know any more" (line 12) is significantly placed before line 16 and might indicate some freezing in the relationship. Subsequently, we see each individual alone "getting on the train not thinking of each other" (line 16). In other words, each one tries to get along on his/her own & thus are both described in an everyday setting with many other strangers (i.e train). Theis love is accentuated by the fact though, that wherever they go, they still think of each other & everything reminds them of their partner ("a face like you"). More specifically, the phrase "I keep falling over I keep passing out when I see a face like you" (line 17) refers to that feeling in the stomach when you see someone reminding you of your love and all of a sudden ALLL the common memories come to ur mind making you feel a mixture of dizziness and enthusiasm at the same time.

The questions inserted between these above described lines show an uncertainty about the future in both people and even in the reader/listener of the song. Both partners WANT to fight it and manage to be together. After they have stayed alone for a while (line 16 & 17) each one questions himself (the pronoun "I" is used instead of "We" in this question) what he/she is coming to and he/she immediately realizes that he/she cannot go on without the other one ("I'm going to melt down").

In conclusion, they both know they love each other more than anything and they are aware of the fact that their misunderstandings, argues, or even the one-person-ignoring-the-other-one are not their faults, but the cause of some external force keeping them apart. The external force can be the "Black star, Falling Sky, Satellite". It is something over which they seemingly dont have control, but in fact they can fight it together and their love can subsequently win!!

I dont know if you agree with my analysis of this song, as interpretations are very subjective etc!

camilo | Reviewer: camilo | 3/30/09

i love these fellows, but this song makes me feel a kind of "musical orgasm"... a few days ago i went to a concert of radiohead, the last one of the sudamerican tour in chile (i'm chilean) it was amazing... i don't know how the sadness of their music and lyrics make me feel so happy.

i'm so glad

Black Star! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/23/09

Oh My God.... I loved this song straight away when i first heard it ... it was just the power in Thom's voice during the chorus ... it just sends chills down my spine... he is just an amazing singer, i take my hat off to Radiohead! Love Them!! <3

the best | Reviewer: julianna | 2/13/09

This song is defintely one of the top not just Radiohead songs, but songs I've ever heard. The lyrics just give me chills and the way Thom Yorke sings this is just too amazing, you can almost hear the pain in his voice. There is so much meaning behind the lyrics, and I'm sure almost anyone can relate to them. I can't stop listening to this song !

Radiohead destroys childerens petting zoo | Reviewer: storff | 11/19/08

I like the song because of the title its black star. My other favorite thing is just before the chorus area when the leading guitar does that loopy run. That is really exciting for me to hear.

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