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Daydreaming is a Radiohead song, released as download on 6 May 2016 as the second single from their ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool. The song was accompanied by a music video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The song is six minutes and twenty-four seconds long.

Music and Lyrics

Daydreaming is an ambient song with a "simple, sad" piano motif, "spooky" back-masked vocals, and electronic and orchestral elements. The song ends with reversed, warped, and slowed vocals; when reversed, Yorke seems to be singing "Half of my life", "I've found my love", or "Every minute, half of my love". Several critics felt the lyrics were coloured by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke's separation from his partner of 23 years.

Promotion and Release

Daydreaming was released as a download single on 6 May 2016 on Radiohead's site and on streaming and digital media services. Anderson and the band sent 35 mm prints of the Daydreaming music video to select theatres inviting them to screen it.

Music Video

Radiohead - Daydreaming

Radiohead - Daydreaming

The video released on May 6, 2016 of single 'Daydreaming', taken from A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)

The Daydreaming music video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, for whom Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood has composed several film scores. In the video, Yorke walks through a series of doors and passageways leading to various disconnected locations, including a hotel, hospital, laundry, convenience store, forest, beach, hydraulic elevator, parking garage, suburban houses and library, but not really connecting to anyone. He eventually climbs a snowy hill, enters a cave with a fire, and mouths the song's closing words to the camera.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Dreamers
They never learn
They never learn
Beyond the point
Of no return
Of no return
Then it's too late
The damage is done
The damage is done

[Verse 2]
This goes
Beyond me
Beyond you
A white room
By a window
Where the sun comes
Through
We are
Just happy to serve
Just happy to serve
You

[Outro]
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