True Love Waits: Meaning of the Radiohead Song
"True Love Waits" is a unique Radiohead song. Although the song lyrics are cryptic and not easily understood, behind them lies a statement on the meaning of "true love" in general. When asked about the meaning of the first verse of the song, Thom Yorke replied, "The difference between young and old [is] when people start to dress sensible and act their age. This person [in "True Love Waits"] is offering not to do that to keep the other." In other words, the woman in "True Love Waits" is young and not very sensible, with the underlying message being that, at this point in her life and this point in the song, she doesn't know what true love even is yet.
The speaker in the first verse of "True Love Waits" does not have a healthy grasp on the meaning of true love yet. When we're young, true love is like junk food, or "lollipops and crisps." It's not until later in life that we start understanding what true love really is, thus the song title "True Love Waits." The song composition follows the same pattern: the first verse is all about misunderstanding, and we have to wait until the final verse and be patient before true understanding and wisdom comes to be: "True love waits in haunted outtakes." This quote can be interpreted in a few different ways, with some people believing that Thom Yorke is actually saying "haunted attics" here instead of "haunted outtakes." Whatever the word, the meaning of both phrases is still very similar: true love isn't easy to pinpoint and we usually can only see it in retrospect, looking back in the "attics" and "outtakes" of the things we've filed and stored away in our memory. Sometimes we have to wait a little while for someone to grow on us. While we might not be sure about our feelings for someone at the time, when we look back we might realize we've grown to love them, unable to say the exact moment it happened. These things don't usually hit us over the head or occur right out in the spotlight, but gradually happen behind the scenes, in the "outtakes." True love is not something that everybody can see.
So what is the meaning of the Radiohead song lyrics to "True Love Waits"? When we're young, we don't know what love really is. Like the young woman in the first verse of the song, we sometimes make bad and unhealthy choices because we have low self-esteem and are afraid to be alone. Likewise, when we are young and naive we think that true love is "love at first sight" and should amount to some extravagant display of chivalry and affection. It is not until we are older that we see that true love is a grower, building naturally and gradually, and we must wait a little while before we can fully appreciate it.
"True Love Waits" Lyrics
"I'll drown my beliefs
Is my attic haunted?….notice the white orbs and the faces inside it.
Hidden Medieval attic at stately home which was inspiration for 'madwoman' of Jane Eyre opens to public tours for the first time
The hidden loft said to have inspired the 'madwoman in the attic' of Jane Eyre is being opened to public tours for the first time.
Charlotte Brontë was reportedly captivated when she saw the room in the stately home of Norton Conyers, North Yorkshire, on a visit in 1839.
The novelist heard how in the 18th Century, a 'madwoman' nicknamed Mad Mary was locked in the attic so she would be hidden away from the niceties of life in Britain's upper class.
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Foreboding: This attic in Norton Conyers, North Yorkshire, will be opened to pre-booked tours for the first time next year and is likely to be a hot ticket among book-lovers - as it reportedly inspired the events of Jane Eyre
Secret: This dilapidated staircase to the attic room made headlines around the world in 2004 when the home's owners, Sir James and Lady Graham, discovered its existence and found it related closely to one in the book
]When Brontë wrote her 1847 classic Jane Eyre, she created the character of Bertha Mason - Edward Rochester's Creole first wife who he locks away in the upper floors of his sprawling manor.
The link between the two homes was cemented in 2004 when Norton Conyers' owners, Sir James and Lady Graham, discovered a forgotten stairway in their home which is described vividly in the book.
Now the public will be able to book tours of the attic for the first time after a long-running £500,000 conservation project to stop the house from falling into disrepair. Sir James and Lady Graham, who emptied the house for the overhaul in 2006, made the announcement as their project won a major award.
The restoration prize, to be announced tomorrow by the Historic House Association and auction house Sotheby's, recognises a long struggle by the couple to make the attic accessible to more people.
Enduring: Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre focused on the life of the governess of the same name (pictured)
Lady Graham told MailOnline: 'While we're restoring other parts of the house, we wanted to leave the attic exactly as it is. It wouldn't have the right atmosphere if it was given a new coat of paint.
'The house itself is extremely ancient - we've discovered it has Viking origins and the timbers including in the attic date to the late Medieval period - so we can't have hordes of people.'
Although the uneven, wonky staircase will not be suitable for everyone, the couple hope to open the attic rooms to pre-booked small groups from July next year.
The Mad Mary story was unsurprising given the times in which she lived, Lady Graham added.
'If you had a relative that was mad or eccentric it would be a social disgrace,' she said. 'If you had someone with symptoms of madness you would hide them as far away from everybody as you could.'
The house made headlines around the world in 2004 when the owners, who have had Norton Conyers in their family since 1624, found a hidden staircase to their attics.
Historic: The oldest parts of the building including its timber frames date back to the late Medieval period
Desolate countryside: Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre in a 2011 film adaptation of the classic Victorian novel
Many believe the stairway, which leads eventually to the furthest room where the 'madwoman' was said to have lived, is the same one described as leading to the attic in the fictional Thornfield Hall.
In the classic book, Bertha Mason lives hidden in the attic as her husband Edward Rochester courts his home's young governess, Jane Eyre.
But on the eve of her wedding, his spurned wife sneaks into Jane's room at night and rips her wedding veil in two.
Eventually the secret is discovered and ends in tragedy, when Mr Rochester's first wife burns down the house and takes her own life.
Her 'madness' has been interpreted by many scholars as a study of how Englishmen of the time unfairly stereotyped foreigners - from Jamaica, in her case - as wild people who had to be tamed.
Amazing 17th Century mansion that was the setting for horror film starring Daniel Radcliffe
It was the setting of a Daniel Ratcliffe horror film, but there's nothing scary about this expansive cottage.
Cotterstock Hall, which is in the village of Cotterstock, Northamptonshire, is being marketed with a guide price of £2,150,000, having recently being reduced from £2.5million.
After a nationwide search in 2012, the seven-bedroom property was selected as the location for horror film, The Woman in Black.
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The 365-year-old Cotterstock Hall, which is in the village of Cotterstock, in Northamptonshire, has an asking price of of £2,150,000.
One of the hall's beautifully appointed and spacious reception rooms, which features wooden floors and intricate detailing on the ceiling
Radcliffe stars as widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps in the movie which is based on a Susan Hill novel of the same name.
Cotterstock Hall, drapped in fake ivy and with faux cobwebs darkening its windows, is the setting for the horror and is known as Eel Marsh House.
The historically listed property, which has a date stone of 1658, is also linked to poet John Dryden.
The writer, a close friend of Elmes Stewart, sheriff of the county, who lived there in 1693, spent the last two years of his life at the cottage.
The Grade I listed hall is constructed of limestone under a Collyweston roof and has a date stone of 1658
The spacious dining room has more than enough room for the whole family; gets bathed in light from two large windows, and features a huge carved fireplace
The main bedroom, which features an en suite, has plenty of room for sleeping, relaxing and lounging and has paneled walls and large windows
One of the seven bedrooms at Cotterstock Hall, which looks fit for a princess with a carved wood canopy bed and soft pink furnishings
The house is spacious and airy throughout, with large windows bathing the rooms with light and giving the wooden floors a natural glow
Set on just over four acres, the Grade I listed hall, is constructed of limestone under a collyweston roof, and has been the subject of a careful restoration.
The hall has large proportioned reception rooms; a dining room, morning room, library, study and cloakroom.
The main bedroom has an ensuite and the cellar features five rooms and wine bins.
A bench seat by the window of this expansive reception room offers a perfect place to sit and look out over the four acres of manicured gardens
The house features a cosy, carpeted, library which has beautiful ceilings and gets plenty of natural light from two large windows which feature bench seating
The attic was home to the poet John Dryden who spent the last two years of his life there, and features original 17th-century wood paneling
One of several reception rooms at the property which is painted in a muted mint colour and has almost floor to ceilings windows and wooden floors
The property features many original features including this carved wooden staircase; a window half-way up provides a perfect spot to look out over the grounds
The property became Eel Marsh House in the horror movie, The Woman in Black, which stared Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps
The property is set on over four acres of land and features manicured gardens and hedges and a small pond
Cotterstock Hall is surrounded by mature trees and plants and comes with a number of stone outbuildings and garaging
The hall has several original features, including a wooden staircase and carved fireplaces. The wainscoted attic also boasts its original 17th-century panelling.
The property has beautifully manicured gardens and comes with a range of stone outbuildings and garaging.