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Album: Demon DaysReleased: 2005Charted:
This song is about the things people do in order to make themselves feel good. The song seems to focus on the darker side of pleasure like addictions and habits, but then the chorus comes in and it seems to say that you should stop thinking about what makes you feel good and try to love others to make them feel good. It's saying that love is what makes the world go around, hence the windmill reference.
Trugoy the Dove from De La Soul is the rapper on this song. Damon Albarn does the rest of the vocals in character as 2D.
At the 2006 Grammy Awards, this won for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.
The song is a throwback to the days of answering machines when callers would wait for the beep and leave a message on a microcassette. After the line:
And all I wanna hear is the message beep
My dreams, they got her kissing, 'cause I don't get sleep
We hear a beep, followed by the first chorus ("Windmill, windmill for the land..."), which is distorted with tape hiss as if we are listening to the message.