Radiohead’s song about the cycle of time fits Westworld’s finale

There is one constant quality factor in the Westworld series: its soundtrack. Ramin Djawadi‘s original music is great, but even better are his covers. Almost traditionally, seasons ended with songs by the band Radiohead. The fourth was no exception. After Codex and Exit: Music for a Film, the song of the day was Pyramid Song. Of course, it fit.

I jumped in the river and what did I see?
Black-eyed angels swam with me
A moon full of stars and astral cars
All the things I used to see
All my lovers were there with me
All my past and futures
And we all went to heaven in a little row boat
There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt

I jumped into the river
Black-eyed angels swam with me
A moon full of stars and astral cars
And all the things I used to see
All my lovers were there with me
All my past and futures
And we all went to heaven in a little row boat
There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt

There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt
There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt

The band was inspired by the concept of Stephen Hawking whose theory that time is a cyclical force and the musicians found it connected to the Egyptian underworld. Pyramid Song is one of the highlights of the 2001 album Amnesiac. Reportedly, two years before recording it, Thom Yorke went to an Egyptian art exhibition and was struck by what he saw, especially the image of people being carried by the river of death.

“This song literally took five minutes to write, but it still came from all these crazy places [It’s] something I never thought I could actually get across in a song and lyrically,” he explained to MTV at the time of release. “[Physicist] Stephen Hawking talks about the theory that time is another force, the fourth dimension, and the idea that time is completely cyclic. It’s a factor, like gravity. It’s something I’ve found in Buddhism as well. That’s what Pyramid Song is all about: the fact that everything is going in circles.”

In addition to Hawkings, Dante‘s The Divine Comedy was also a reference, especially because the author described the imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, with black-eyed angels, a moon full of stars, and jumping into the river, as quoted in song.

In the case of Westworld, it’s the journey to the Divine, which ends up being the area in which Dolores tries to rewrite the world.

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