Lyric Analysis #2: ‘Karma Police’ – Radiohead

“Karma is important. The idea that something like karma exists makes me happy. It makes me smile. Karma Police is dedicated to everyone who works for a big firm. It’s a song against bosses.” – Thom Yorke, frontman of Radiohead

Karma police, arrest this man
He talks in maths
He buzzes like a fridge
He’s like a detuned radio
He knows a man who has a very technical way of speaking. He tells the “karma police” to punish him for taking too much.

Karma police, arrest this girl
Her Hitler hairdo is making me feel ill
And we have crashed her party
He is envy of a girl who is seemingly rich and classy, thus telling the “karma police” to take her away.

This is what you get
This is what you get
This is what you get when you mess with us
He would call the ‘karma police’ on whoever that he does not like.

Karma Police
I’ve given all I can
It’s not enough
I’ve given all I can
But we’re still on the payroll
He complains to the ‘karma police’ that he is already doing his best at work but his boss is expecting much more from him. He can’t quit because he needs income. The next chorus indicates that he called the ‘karma police’ on his boss.


For a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself
Phew, for a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself
He snapped back to reality, dreaming that Karma Police exists.

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  1. HenRy LeE ®

    i am wondering, among all the blogger who visited ur blog who have even heard of this song before… hahaha… this is what you get when you mess with us!

    I shall not upgrade my cassette player in my car, gonna bring all my cassettes to KL when im back to labuan during cny… 😀

  2. toninkush

    I would say… most likely NONE? not sure if they've even heard of the band.

    Haha I only have boy/girl band and Chinese cassette albums. Listening to them brings back childhood memories.

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