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Radiohead Morning Bell Lyrics

Last updated: 09/27/2013 09:35:12 AM

Morning bell
Morning bell
Light another candle
Release me
Release me

You can keep the furniture
A bump on the head
Coming down the chimney
Release me
Release me
Release me
Release me

Where'd you park the car?
Where'd you park the car?
Clothes are all over the furniture
Now I might as well
I might as well
Sleepy jack the fire drill
Run around around around around around....

Cut the kids in half [x3]

The lights are on but nobody's home
Everybody wants to be a
The lights are on but nobody's home
Nobody wants to be a slave
Walking walking walking walking...

The lights are on but nobody's home
Everybody wants to be a
Everyone wants to be a friend
Nobody wants to be a slave
Walking walking walking walking...

Thanks to janet for submitting Morning Bell Lyrics.

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¡¡Thanks GOD I do not understand english easily, so I only enjoy the music......!!! | Reviewer: Nepo | 9/27/13

As I said in the title of my comment:

¡¡Thanks GOD I do not understand english easily, so I only enjoy the music......!!!

English IS NOT my native language, and I must do an effort to translate in my mind....But, as the MOST of the lyrics, HAS NO SENSE, I only enjoy, in this case, the 5/4 tempo, combined with a growing tension along the song. I have trained my ears listening CLASSICAL MUSIC, sinphonic, fugues, barroque, etc....
Is easy to me ELIMINATE the sense of the LYRICS, and GET THE VOCALS AS AN ANOTHER INSTRUMENT, like a guitar, or a sinthesyzer...


Meaning? | Reviewer: mat | 3/14/12

Guys (and Girls, of course)
I started (ended) here to find out, and I still don't have a clue what the song really is about - but I truly enjoyed reading your discussion and I think it frankly pointed out the way it is.
Thank you so much,

Nah | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/29/11

I am not sure that there is a specific story being told. I think that there are just a bunch of phrases here that all evoke certain emotions. The journey that the song takes you through is about those emotions, and not so much about a story.

For love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/3/11

To those of us who still believe radiohead is merely stating political controversies:
listen closely because radiohead has something more to say than just nuclear attacks and war. Their music is a song for the soul. Stop searching for a meaning. Just sit back, listen, and let them heal your soul.

To David | Reviewer: Justin | 1/19/11

Trust me, I believe that Radiohead songs are DEFINATELY up to personal interpretation. But this song is not meant to be listened to alone, Kid A is meant to be listened to from start to finish, therefore the song must be put in context with the album. Thom Yorke describes this song as a very violent song, which seems to lean much more towards the nuclear holocaust theory than the divorce theory. Saying the song is about divorce completely takes it out of context from the album, which is very much illustrating an apocalyptic atmosphere. Just read the lines in the album. Optimistic- "Flies are buzzing round my head, vultures circling the dead." Idioteque- "We're not scare mongering, this is really happening." and most importantly to this conversation, Morning Bell- "Clothes are on the lawn, with the furniture." All of these seem to scream apocalypse to me, but I'm not saying it can't be taken in a different context. The thing is though, if you take morning bell in a divorce context, you'd have to take the whole album Kid A in a context that would make it fit. After all Thom Yorke has said the album is meant to be listened to as a whole, and that it tells a story. As for "Sit Down, Stand Up", I believe what your describing is an excellent personal interpretation of the song. But to me, it seems much more to be written the way it is, to put an emphasis on how blindly we follow our rulers, doing pointless things over and over for them like sitting down, and standing up. Don't forget that Hail To The Thief is supposed to be a record describing a dystopian future much like George Orwell's novel "1984" does, and the song 2+2=5 is a referance to this very novel. Sorry for the rant ha, I can see that we are both passionate about this band, so I'm assuming your just as big of a fan as I haha (:.

Justin, you are wrong about some things | Reviewer: David | 1/17/11

First let me just start off by saying you are correct about how they wrote most of the songs on Kid A (drawing attractive sentences/phrases out of a hat) but it is not all pure coincidence. Thom has been singing a lot of songs lately hinting at divorce (look up Lotus Flower, it will be on the next album) but you are way off about "Sit down, Stand up". Yes, it is sung from a dictator-like perspective, but the whole message of the song is that less than 0.00001 of humanity controls the fate of the world (that is, the people that can actually call a nuclear strike.) This is what it means: Sit down, Stand up, it doesnt matter, once the nukes blow, nothing matters. Walk into the jaws of hell, anytime. The nuclear apocolypse = the jaws of hell, and if the nukes are launched, its fair to say we wont know, as civilians, until its actually blown up, so it could happen before i finish this sentence. Also, when this song is performed live, Thom likes to do a little skit during "The raindrops..." part, where he puts his shirt over his head (likes its raining) and he runs in place. If we go into a Nuclear Winter (like idioteque/Sit Down, Stand Up portrays) debris will fill the atmosphere and it will rain most days out of the year. One big problem. Its radioactive rain. Ok, now lets put that into context (and chronological order.) Sit down, stand up, it doesn't matter what YOU do cus it only takes 1 man with the power to make the whole world walk into the jaws of hell at anytime. Sit down, stand up, it doesnt matter what YOU do cus we can whipe you out, anytime. Even if you do somehow survive, even the raindrops will kill you. And lastly, the beauty of Radiohead is that on different days, in different moods, every song can totally change meaning on you out of nowhere. So don't be so hasty to write peoples interpretations off, cus i guarantee you that someone going through a divorce, and someone who has survived an air-raid, will get just as much satisfaction and meaning out of this same song (Morning Bell). Do you see what I'm trying to say?

I can't believe people aren't seeing the meaning here. | Reviewer: Justin | 1/15/11

Divorce? Really? The Morning Bell is obviously referring to the alarm that would go off before a bomb raid, and the song depicts the chaos that follows. Put this song in context with the song before it on Kid A, "Idioteque", which also depicts an apocalyptic atmosphere, and makes references to possible nuclear holocaust. And to the person who said "Sit Down, Stand Up" has no meaning, your talking out of your ass. Thom Yorke was imitating a person of power or a dictator in that song, ordering the people below him to do pointless things like "walk into the jaws of hell." "And the rain drops" is repeated to put emphasis on the dark atmosphere the world is in. I can't believe most people can't see that alot of Radiohead's music is kind of warning us about the potential disasters the world can be facing in the future, this is what Thom is trying to do. Anyways, this song is brilliant, and Kid A is a perfect album.

Doesn't mean much | Reviewer: Phil | 11/4/10

Quite frankly, this song means little. It is a well known fact that during Kid A sessions, Thom Yorke had trouble writing songs. He, thus wrote down a lot of lines, put them in a hat and randomly drew them out. Of course there are references to divorce, this is the theme of the song, however I think trying to over-analyse it is unnecessary and meaningless. For example: try to explain "sleepy Jack the fire drill." Or the title, "Morning Bell," itself is probably only related to the bell synth used in the beginning. A lot of Radiohead songs mean nothing. For example in "Sit Down. Stand Up." Thom said in an interview he only sang "the raindrops" because "it sounded cool on recording."

Cut the Kids in Half | Reviewer: Lewis | 1/18/10

This song has loads of different meanings like the divorce, king solomon and also the cannabalism of the "cut the kids in half" line and obviously being Radiohead, we're never going to find a right or wrong answer (which is great, what the hell does he say in the "Just" video for example)but I got thinking the other day when I read that amnesiac was "Kid A's twin" obviously talking about the two ablums being written at the time. What if Thom diliberately put that line in the song to signify that Amnesiac and Kid A were joint in some way and they had to "cut the kids in half" (two albums) and joint by the song which had that line in it? Its probably really far fetched but I like to think that re-releasing morning bell on Amnesiac (both are amazing) was more than just to "give us another version"

Nonsense | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/9/09

I find that alot of public school boys talk alot of bollocks. Yes i enjoy Radiohead's music, i've bought their records i have seen them live, and i am very much so a devotee. However i find your critique does not validate your interpretation to understand. I find that Radiohead's music is superb in every singular form (thus making them possily one of the greatest bands ever to surface in contemporary music). I do think the meaning and subject matter to songs are interesting. But there's nothing creative about sounding off your own pompous and sickingly pretentious annotations. Kid A is a brilliant record and it won't be forgotten.

Palm | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/6/09

I do not understand why people utterly believe that lyrics, music, drawing, literature, etc. were meant to vague conceptions of the artists. Yes, it may their creation, but their jobs are also to create something that an audience will grasp to. So vagueness and art seem to contradict. Not narcissistic, just in actuality an honest understanding of what they're representing.

Ring a Bell | Reviewer: Flic | 8/4/09

I think that Anonymous has it right. This is an adult that has memories of the big bust-up of his parents. The material things were not important. Furniture on the lawn presumably thrown out by the spouse who will remain and the other saying keep it.

There is a choice - leave the family home or stay in an unhappy marriage - bumps on heads. But its a choice that cannot be made because there are kids. The release needed is from the kids who cannot be asked and who aren't likely to agree anyway. And leaving will cut the kids in half metaphorically. The madness of the argument is explained away as a fire drill to protect the sleepy kids from a reality that has been avoided so many times and might be once again. But I think that divorce finally came for Kid A to Kid n.

The violence suggested by "bumps on the head" is a way out of this prison-like situation as others might force a decision on you.

The movie Paris - Texas (Wim Wenders) begins with the walking that ends this piece of genius. But there is another song on Amnesiac "I might be wrong". And I might.

more on deevorce | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/12/09

Not intellectual enough to identify all of the metaphorical references, with some research could probably identify...

if not literally about divorce, could be paralleling the concept of "divorce" more broadly. Release me from the "contract" or attachment to all of these grotesque/maddening circumstances.

I don't know: being a victim again of my own critique: I just see the fire alarm being such a parody to the arguments in divorce that just go round and round in circles: emergency emotional flare ups over and over again until you just want to start walking away and you walk until you find some sanity again.

just thoughts.

Deevorce from your "self" | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/12/09

We are such a narcissistic society. Is it possible that Radiohead's lyrics were not meant to be so much "personalized" and matched with your emotions (he's not singing about YOU, more at ALL OF US) who are in this crappy dysfunctional society with it's fantasized utopia and grotesque manifestations of "successful" capitalism.

I am glad people can "personally" relate to Radiohead, but sometimes it seems like the greater irony of Mr. Yorke's lyrics are being missed entirely: ironic in itself is the narcissists only ad to the irony: I guess YOU ARE the "ones" Tom's singing about. Every thread has posts about the emotional attachment to Mr. Yorke, and how they can "personally" relate. I'm not an authority on the subject by any means, but he seems generous enough to "relate" to the human experience that all of us are having in the modern world. However, he is also rather sarcastic about our self-centered and off-based attempts at "self-realization" and seems to be trying to request that we admit to the harsh realities that do actually exist around us...

I do see the parody of complex thought in many of Radiohead's songs- along with analysis of historical and scientific reference.

In this particular song: (of course I don't know the man who wrote it personally so am not an expert on his intentions/interpretation), but in this song in particular, it seems rather obviously about DIVORCE.

Of course, perhaps I am a victim of my own critique and am relating "personal experience" to the lyrics. Who knows?

Cut the kids in half | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/30/09

Cut the kids in half probably has something to do of king solomon's story about the two women arguing over who was the mother of the kid. I think it has something to do with how much we are attached to things and people.