Exit Music (For A Film) Lyrics - Radiohead

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Wake.. from your sleep
The drying of your tears
Today we escape, we escape

Pack.. and get dressed
Before your father hears us
Before all hell breaks loose

Breathe, keep breathing
Don't lose your nerve
Breathe, keep breathing
I can't do this alone

Sing.. us a song
A song to keep us warm
There's such a chill, such a chill

You can laugh
A spineless laugh
We hope your rules and wisdom choke you
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Now we are one in everlasting peace

We hope that you choke, that you choke
We hope that you choke, that you choke
We hope that you choke, that you choke




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Person of Interest (S3E23 season final) | Reviewer: Person of Interest | 5/15/14

i heard this song end of person of interest (s3e23-final) generally, they didn't stop progress of Samaritan, they watched destroying their system losses their power, then prepared for new beginning from zero. but there is a only thing remain, HOPE...

Unfaithful | Reviewer: JakeVedd | 4/1/14

this awesome song is also in the Diane Lane/ Richard Gere movie 'Unfaithful'.
About halfway thru the movie, which I thought was pretty good, not great, a slow piano only version began playing and I slowly recognized it as Exit Music. I didn't know it was also in R & J til reading these comments. I'm planning to watch it soon, only due to my love of Claire Danes, who I've totally fallen for, because of her work in 'Homeland'.
I saw Radiohead at Suffolk Downs in Boston about 12 yrs ago, was blown away, and placed them in my top 10 bands of all time. (Beatles, Floyd, Pearl Jam,Zeppelin.....)

Gothic | Reviewer: kintama.tar.gz | 12/21/13

The sing definitely has a pretty gothic vibe to it, with the organ and all. Also, the repetition of the last line: 'we hope that you choke' kind of speaks to the defiant deaths of Romeo and Juliet, in that they died to be together and their parents can suck it. Maybe it's because I once saw a video for this song cut together from a Romeo and Juliet film, but it always reminded me of that.

Open Ended. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/5/11

To me, the first thing I imagined when I heard this song, not knowing the name, was a mother waking her kid and getting him to pack so they can run away from the abusive father, who'd make all hell break loose. Then they have to walk through the cold night, maybe winter, so the mom asks the kid to sing to take their mind off the cold. Maybe its just because that's what I grew up with, but it is very fitting if you take it into consideration with the lyrics.

awesome song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/14/10

i love this song
radiohead was asked to write a song for the closing credits of a romeo and juliette movie
and this is what they came up with. (:
((hence the title))
the first part of the song is romeo talking to juliette and then it switches to them talking to her father after they escape...

memories of abuse | Reviewer: Andy | 9/26/10

I remember seeing a film some years back (BBC film?), the name of which I cannot remember off the top of my head, and it used this song brilliantly in its finale'. The story was of a man in his late 30's who had experienced horrific sexual abuse as a kid in the hands of social services care. Although the guy by now had learnt to block out his past, he is forced to confront these dark memories once again when a reporter hounds the guy trying to get him to come forward to the media/police to report the abuse he experienced as a kid at the carehome in the hope of getting a conviction against one of the abusers. The guy turns increasingly to alcohol to block these memories out, where the song is used in the closing scene and we see the guy sitting on a seaside beach as the tide slowly comes in, ending his own life as he drinks vodka followed by pills. ''Today, we escape... we escape...''. Very moving. If anybody remembers the film please post the title as I would love to get hold of a copy.

Romeo&Juliet | Reviewer: Tony | 7/6/10

This song is definately about Romeo and Juliet. I thought that ever since I heard it. This song is Ironically used at the end of the Romeo + Juliet rehash-- But the lyrics, tone, and soundeffects all point to it. Young love that is forbidden by families (parents). Asking her to leave, there must be some other way, thus the plan at the end of the play. "Breath, Don't lose your nerve" etc , Finally when the young lovers die, it is in death that they are finally able to be together. Beautiful Song.

Reasoning | Reviewer: Holley White | 4/29/10

The story of this song is that The lead singer of radio head was in love with a girl. but her parents don't approve, sp he sneaks in her room and says lets runn away well while they're running away they get in a car crash and die. Now the boy has her death on him. and in the song he changed to to be like he killed himself. Sad but true

amazing song | Reviewer: oscar | 1/27/10

i read an interview about the o.k. computer album and i guess the lyrics were inspired by romio and juliet but my interpretation of this song is about a mother who has been abused by her husband and escapes with her children. the background noise reminds me of a beach which probably means an oceanside life. just listen to the lyrics and you'll see where i'm coming from

We hope that you choke. | Reviewer: Kara | 9/11/09

I think this song shows the somber exit from confinement to freedom.
A love story filled with complicated variables. Such as the father not liking the other partner and so on. So they escape together and finally become one and on their own. But the way the song is played out is rather a quiet leave...they exit out of the difficult life together to reach the best for themselves. And in a way, the couple os proving a slap in the face to the father. As they say that they hope the fathers very rules of keeping them apart and perhaps the lost wisdom and spineless laugh that they couldn't be together would come back to choke him as he comes to terms that his daughter or son had ran away and left him alone. They give no remorse for the father for what he has forbid...for he gave them no mercy and made them take this as the only option to truly be happy. To exit.

what I see. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/14/09

To me this film tells of a lonely protagonist who is soon to reach the inevitable point in his life, his death. There are two entities of this protagonist, his heart and his soul. "Breathe... keep breathing Don't lose.. your nerve.Breathe... keep breathing I can't do this.. alone."

His body wants to stay alive but the protagonist's soul knows that despite the death of his shell, the soul will live on forever without the body. The lyric "we hope that you choke" is also referring to fate.

exit music | Reviewer: dima | 7/6/09

This is a hymn to unhappiness. It can be interpretted in any way you want as long as you are feeling miserable. Unhappiness is part of life this is a melodic and harmonic testimony of its existance.

One of my favorite songs...


yes, that is brilliant...




not so necessarily narrow | Reviewer: Thomas | 6/29/09

I understand that this song was made for the reason of being the music for the end of romeo and juliet, but come on now, its radiohead! they have tons of double meanings in their music! yes the song is about the walk towards death romeo and juliet take, but underneath it contains the essence of what shakespeare's message was for romeo and juliet, that being, change is inevitable and old rules and traditions can be extremely hurtful. no, radiohead did not come up with that, shakespeare did, but its important to understand the reason behind why romeo and juliet were running away from their parent's rules to their death.

there's my two cents. i love this song and i love you radiohead! keep making more music, i love all of it from pablo honey to in rainbows!

What I see | Reviewer: Lucas | 6/25/09

What I see is probably too obvious, but it's what it represents to me, not what I think it's about.
I see a boyfriend sneaking into his girl's home and helping her to run away from home. And then it tells about their journey, like the part "sing us a song..." I picture both at night with a chilling cold, but they have nothing but each other, so they sing to keep themselves warm.
After this they're talking to society and how it's destroying itself with all the rules and stuff. That was my take =)

What this song says to me | Reviewer: Tim | 4/17/09

What I hear when I here this song is suicide. The protagonist is waking up and looks toward his day's plan of ending his life - 'Today.. we escape'

When he talks of getting away without being heard, he is referring to how no one can know what he and who is talking to are doing today as they will try to stop them.

The part about breathing is sitting in a car with the exhaust through the window. The protagonist is giving the recipient confort as they slip away. But they are both stil fearful - hence the suicide pact - "Breathe... keep breathing. I can't do this.. alone." He then asks his partner or maybe himself to sing as they slip away into darkness - "Sing us a song. There's such a chill"

He then talks to those who would be appose to their choice to end their life.

The refrain at the end seems sinister but the melody makes it somewhat beautiful. It is a message to the suicidal listener. He and his partner hope you don't have to suffer the indignity of suicide. They hope that you choke and therefore do no hurt your loved ones with your choice. Far from being sinister it's actually quite loving.


I know this probably wasnt the intention of the song and that it reflects romeo and juliet. But I'm sure Yorke was aware of these undertones that he was emitting. Him being him!


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