There There

Album: Hail To The Thief (2003)
Charted: 4


  • While the song may appear to be about a relationship that is falling apart, the song's real message is this: Beware the dangers of believing in illusions, no matter how tantalizing they may appear or how heady the heat of introduction may be. Hence the chorus, "Just cause you feel it, doesn't mean it's there." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Steven - Stockton, CA
  • Thom Yorke has said in interviews that he wept when he first heard the playback to "There There."
  • According to Q magazine April 2008, the song's Krautrock-inspired drumming was a homage to Can's 1971 album Tago Mago.
  • Chris Hopewell, who directed the song's stop-animated video, recalled to Q magazine April 2008 its filming: "Thom Yorke had an idea of being a character in one of the little stories you get in Bagpuss (A UK 1970s children's animated TV series about a cat). A cross between that and a Grimms fairy tale. Once I heard that, any idea of having people playing instruments or mouthing the lyrics went straight out of the window. I sent the band some postcards by a Victorian gentleman called Mr. Potter who had his own museum of stuffed animals in weird situations, like kittens at a wedding, and Thom loved it."

    "We shot the opening in a tiny wood near Bristol where I used to go mountain-biking and the rest was done in the studio with the logs we brought in," Hopewell continued. "We had Thom there for three days, which he was quite happy about because he had so many press conferences to do."

    "To get the jerky movement he had to do everything at one third the speed, but he did it amazingly,"Hopewell added. "He'd really rehearsed it. I know they think it's one of their better videos, though I have to say most of the success is down to the track being a beautiful, almost cinematic piece of music. We were approached by ad agencies to do something similar stuff afterwards, but it meant too much to me to bastardize it with some product."

Comments: 8

  • Ahmad from Tehran, IranOne of the best songs I've heard in my life.
  • Victoria from Memphis, TnMy favorite Radiohead song:) Fave video along with "Knives out".
  • Jon from West Bend, IaI have to agree with the "fact" on this song. I feel it's about illusions, delusions, etc. and Thom is warning "you" about them. It's also one of my favorite songs of all time, I can't explain why, but it just sounds right to me. Especially the chorus with backing vocals.
  • Nasruddin from Cochrane, CanadaPersonally, I can't see Pete's point about this song being about a one night stand, but perhaps that's the meaning behind another Radiohead song "Nude". To me, the song is all about living in delusions, and how we can all be lured into our own private worlds (there's always a siren singing in a shipwreak). The surrealist look of the video seems to agree with this.
  • Jimi from Reno, NvOne of the best tracks on Hail to the Thief.
  • Max from Sydney, AustraliaActully the video has alot to do with the songs concept.

    In the video, thom starts seeing theese weird things like.

    Cats getting married (?)
    Little mouses having a big dinner
    etc etc ( un usual things)

    Then, thom finds a magic coat and shoes, ans starts to get attacked by ravens. then he turns into a tree.
  • Max from Sydney, Australiathis song was on on of the triple j (jjj) albums. i heard this before i even knew radiohead, and it appeared on my mp3 player. i was like "hey i know this song.." but i couldn't remember i know
  • Pete from Wheaton, MdYea, it's basically like be wary of thinking a one night stand is anything more.
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