When I'm at the pearly gates This will be on my videotape, my videotape Mephistopheles is just beneath and he's reaching up to grab me This is one for the good days and i have it all here In red, blue, green Red, blue, green You are my center When i spin away Out of control on videotape On videotape On videotape On videotape This is my way of saying goodbye Because I can't do it face to face I'm talking to you after it's too late From my videotape No matter what happens now You shouldn't be afraid Because I know today has been the most perfect day I've ever seen
Videotape is the final track from Radiohead's 2008 album In Rainbows. According to the Videotape Songfacts, the song is about a dying man saying goodbye to loved ones on old-fashioned videotape.
Thom Yorke described the process of composing Videotape as "absolute agony", stating that the song "went through every possible parameter". One day, Yorke left the studio, returning to find that Godrich and Jonny Greenwood had stripped the song down to the version found on the album, a minimal piano ballad.
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