Faust reference in Radiohead – Videotape

In view of CC202′s study of Goethe’s Faust, the Core would like to bring to students’ attention Radiohead’s meaningful mention of Mephistopheles, who is the main “villain” in the tragic play.

Radiohead – Videotape (click for song)

Lyrics:

When I’m at the pearly gates
This’ll be on my videotape
My videotape
My videotape

When 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
In red blue green

You are my center when I spin away
Out of control on videotape
On videotape

This is my way of saying goodbye
Because I can’t do it face to face
So I’m talking to you before it’s too late

No matter what happens now
I shouldn’t be afraid
Because I know today has been the most perfect day I’ve ever seen.

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