Separator Lyrics - Radiohead

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It's like I'm falling out of bed
From a long, weary dream
The sweetest flowers and fruits hang from the trees
Falling off the giant bird that's been carrying me
It's like I'm falling out of bed from a long and vivid dream

Just exactly as I remember
Every word
Every gesture
I'm a heart in cold ground

Like I'm falling out of bed
From a long and weary dream
Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

Every woman blows her cover
In the eye of the beholder
I'm a fish now out of water

Falling off a giant bird that's been carrying me

I fell open
I laid under
At the tip out
I was just a number

I wanna slip it over
And get back under
And if you think this is over
Then you're wrong
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong

(Wake me up, wake me up)

If you think this is over
Then you're wrong
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong

(Wake me up, wake me up)

Like I'm falling out of bed from a long and weary dream
Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

When I ask you again
It's like I'm falling out of bed
From a long, weary dream
The sweetest flowers and fruits hang from the trees
Falling off the giant bird that's been carrying me
It's like I'm falling out of bed from a long and vivid dream

Just exactly as I remember
Every word
Every gesture
I'm a heart in cold ground

Like I'm falling out of bed
From a long and weary dream
Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

Every woman blows her cover
In the eye of the beholder
I'm a fish now out of water

Falling off a giant bird that's been carrying me

I fell open
I laid under
At the tip out
I was just a number

I wanna slip it over
And get back under
And if you think this is over
Then you're wrong
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong

(Wake me up, wake me up)

If you think this is over
Then you're wrong
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong

(Wake me up, wake me up)

Like I'm falling out of bed from a long and weary dream
Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

When at last you'll give in
When at last you'll give in
Wake me up, wake me up
Wake me up, wake me up






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Give it up, already! | Reviewer: T.J. | 4/11/13

Everyone trying to over-analyze Radiohead's lyrics are missing the entire point. Arguing over it is absolutely fucking useless. All music is open to interpretation to every individual. No one is fucking right. Just take it as you do for yourself and leave it alone. Trying to pin down one concise explanation would cheapen these songs.

Not that complicated... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/6/12

You guys are getting way deep analyzing the lyrics.

It's about a relationship ending, and him feeling alone.

"every woman blows her cover"

"if you think this is over then your'e wrong"

pretty obvious

My tuppence worth | Reviewer: RMC | 12/7/11

The song is about going to sleep to get away from life. life 'is the long and weary dream'. 'dreaming' is really the waking up (hence 'wake me up, wake me up!) and hence all the fantastical imagery of the song.

Hmmm | Reviewer: Ed | 11/14/11

Maybe it is...
Beginning: Using drug
Wake up from reality but first passing through all these metaphorical hallucinations. Waking up from life.
It's scary at first, heart deafening as I remember everything that I experienced.
But now it's all gone, and I'm free.
And now I can see. Everything, every mistake. But I'm dislocated, not taking part of reality any longer.
I'm falling away from it even further, losing my existence. Redo, redo, undo, undo it. Can't.
It's not over yet.
(Wake me up=Put me back to sleep into my life again)
Then use drug again...I'm free again, weightless and unburdened.
When I want to, wake me up (from reality and back to reality).

So the Separator could be a drug. LSD perhaps. XD

Death-Birth | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/13/11

This song strikes an odd note for me. I've thought about this many times, have never been capable of putting it into words quite like this.
A theory exists that when you see the "light at the end of the tunnel" the dying individual is approaching his\her birth and exiting the womb. Like falling out of bed and waking up from a nightmare or dream, the newborn infant feels the stress of the experience of dying, the terror of the nightmare, vanish, yet the mind and soul still feel that helplessness and pain which it's weak mind cannot contain. It remembers traumatic event from the dream or past life. I think the line "the sweetest fruits and flowers hang from the trees" is saying the fruit -- one's offspring -- is hanging from the tree -- its mother -- by perhaps the umbilical cord or the emotional bond and need the fruit and child have for the tree or parent. Another metaphor for mother is used in mentioning falling from the bird (stork). The child is delivered to the parent. The death has been completed consiously. The newborn remembers "every word" and "every gesture" from its past life but exists without the ability to repeat them. The child is a fish out of water, useless by means of its environment. He is seen as just a number to the doctors and rest of the world, making the population grow, but they overlook and remain ignorant of what has just occurred as he died. He doesn't want the experience to be over. He want someone to "wake [him] up" so he can wake from the dream an experience that phenomenon once more.

This is an odd take, but in my mind, it remains highly plausible.

True love, but incorrect timing | Reviewer: Chris Ferdik | 9/16/11

I personally believe the song is about finding someone in this world that you are so undeniably connected with, on so many levels, but realizing that you cannot be with them at the current time. This is mainly due to life's circumstances, and is not a function at all of how much you love or care about the person. It kills you to know this; you feel like you've been existing in an alternate world, a vivid dream world of excitement, invincibility, and love. All of a sudden, you realize that the person you care about more than anything in the world wants something that you cannot provide them currently - say a deeper, more permanent relationship. See, "every woman blows her cover, in the eye of the beholder." All you have to hold on to are the most unreal and incredible, yet now intangible memories; memories of bliss, ecstasy, pleasure, and purity. "Just exactly as I remember, every word, every gesture, I'm a heart in cold ground." When you admit to the person the sad truth that, for reasons only you feel in your gut, that it is not the right time for you to be together, "you fell open." Now the only thing in the world you want to do is "slip it over and get back under," but you can't. You know you can't right now, but you also know deep down that, if nothing else, the ability to create and share this feeling is not over. It could have been the right person, just not the right time. It is not ever over with that person, because everything you experienced with them was so true and real in those moments. Nothing can ever change that. Nothing said or done now. So, "If you think this is over, then you're wrong." And although the dream you were living was vivid and incredible, it was "long and weary" in the sense that you knew it wasn't supposed to continue at this point in time. You're "finally free of all the weight you've been carrying," because you've been honest with yourself and that person to the best of your ability. Now all you can do is deal with the hurtfulness of feeling alone and not being able to console or be with them. But deep down, you know things will get better. You know you did what felt right, and you think about that person with the same level of care and love regardless of whether or not they ever speak to you again.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD | Reviewer: LOPEZ | 9/12/11

life is my bad dream right know ...
my thoughts are ruining my life,,,,,, i feel like wax that is just melting ......... every time i hear radiohead say If you think this is over Then you're wrong

thats my excuse for suicide !!!!!!

Frat Yuai | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/3/11

I love bolvack's interp.
The song is very dreamy and psychedelic for me. Hence I can never conclude any interpretations I may come up with.
If I had to share how it makes me feel like it's about leaving the world, leaping off the edge, transcending to a new realm... I love the escapism it paints in my mind.
Beautiful lyrics and melodies.

Separator | Reviewer: pete | 7/27/11

My opinion is not better than others but judging from my life lessons....when a person goes through anything traumatic as in a death of a loved one and in my case a loss of my mother. "The Weight" is day to day feelings as the person you love approaches death then months after they pass you slowly realize what affect that they were suffering and it was their "time".
Grief is a tricky opponent and can lead you to believe that your life has moved on from the loss but that is not the case. You will realize "every morning" or each time you remember the person you lost, that same pain. The pain does not subside or get easier, the time does increase between feeling like you want just to wake up from a bad dream but it never really goes away. Grief and loss fill our lives and it serves as gentle reminders of the gift life is and no matter what you should embrace it. Wake me up, Wake me up and start living folks...

Human Condition | Reviewer: H | 6/9/11

To me its like when your looking for the solution to a problem or when your trying too hard to fathom something out. the long and weary dream of life and reason. The giant bird flys you around with no destination, you fall off and wake up, the weight is released. open and under just another number, another being waking from the condition which repeats and repeats - its never over we're fish out of water.
wake up
wake me up
stay awake, out of a long an weary dream.

Hopeful...? | Reviewer: doc5phil | 5/31/11

Since we're expressing our opinions here, I'd like to add mine. This is one of the most "hopeful" songs Radiohead as ever recorded, in that it's full of hope.

I can see how my people might adapt the song to their needs (reincarnation, lost/unrequited love, etc.) but the key message, for me, is that things will get better.

not an interpretation | Reviewer: Daniel | 5/7/11

when ive listened to the album this song kinda brings me out of the album and back to the real world again, but it still stays a bit opened;) I feel the importance of the lyrics is not for us to overanalyze them, but to present a feeling:)

i might be wrong | Reviewer: timbs | 4/12/11

nope. you're all wrong. it's about reincarnation. and the song before this one is about meeting your maker (give up the ghost) and the one before that is about suicide (codex). thats the narrative i took from the end of the album, anyhow.

Agree to disagree? | Reviewer: Kyle | 4/1/11

bolvack....I am going through the same thing right now. However one lyric in the song makes me not interpret the way you are, even though I did for a while. That line is every woman blows her cover in the eye of the beholder. :) like to see different interps though.

separator | Reviewer: bolvack | 3/27/11

What its so amazingly beautiful about all raidiohead songs is that they can actually be inerpreted in millins of different ways. Many say that this song is about unrequited love, probablly because they've been passing through that recently.

To me, it has a very different meaning. In 4 months I'll end highschool and will start my life. For me, this song is about someone passing throught the same situation as mine. "It's like I'm falling out of bed from a long and weary dream", exactly how I'm feeling now. When I fall out of bed, the sensation is about getting instantly back to reality, realizing what's happening at the moment. The long weary dream, are those years in which I've been preparing myself to this moment, to "wake up". But it never seems to be so close, until the moment you fall out of bed.

"The sweetest flowers and fruits hang from the trees", the flowers and fruits are the rewards of my preparation, success, money, etc... but they're "hanging out of the trees", which means they are high, so they are hard to reach.

"Falling off a giant bird that's been carrying me" the bird are my parents, who have been carrying me all my life, guiding me. "Im a fish out of the water now", simple enough, im now out of the place I've always been on, a new hostile area, which no one knows what awaits.


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