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Top Ten Radiohead Songs

My first experience with Radiohead, besides hearing Creep on the radio, was my brother playing The Bends album for me. At first I wasn’t a real fan, probably because the first song I heard I didnt like so didnt give them the time of day. I would randomly listen to their songs here and there but it wasn’t until this past year that I came to appreciate them more. I find myself listening to them the most and never get tired of them.

I decided to compile a list of top ten Radiohead songs with a link to a video and a listing of their lyrics. I bolded lyrics that particulary strike a chord with me. Enjoy!
  1. There There
  2. in pitch dark i go walking in your landscape.
    broken branches trip me as i speak.
    just because you feel it doesnt mean it’s there.
    just because you feel it doesnt mean it’s there.

    there’s always a siren
    singing you to shipwreck.
    (don’t reach out, don’t reach out)
    steer away from these rocks
    we’d be a walking disaster.
    (don’t reach out, don’t reach out)

    just because you feel it doesn’t mean it’s there.
    (there’s someone on your shoulder)
    just because you feel it doesn’t mean it’s there.
    (there’s someone on your shoulder)

    there there

    why so green and lonely?
    heaven sent you to me.

    we are accidents
    waiting waiting to happen.

    we are accidents
    waiting waiting to happen.

  3. Karma Police
  4. Karma police
    arrest this man,
    he talks in maths,
    he buzzes like a fridge,
    he’s like a detuned radio.

    Karma police
    arrest this girl,
    her Hitler hairdo
    is making me feel ill
    and we have crashed her party.

    This is what you get,
    this is what you get,
    this is what you get,
    when you mess with us.

    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.

    This is what you get,
    this is what you get,
    this is what you get,
    when you mess with us.

    For a minute there
    I lost myself, I lost myself.
    Phew, for a minute there,
    I lost myself, I lost myself.

    For a minute there
    I lost myself, I lost myself.
    Phew, for a minute there,
    I lost myself, I lost myself.

  5. House of Cards
  6. I don’t want to be your friend
    I just want to be your lover

    No matter how it ends
    No matter how it starts

    Forget about your house of cards
    And I’ll do mine
    Forget about your house of cards
    And I’ll do mine

    Fall off the table,
    Get swept under
    Denial, denial

    The infrastructure will collapse
    Voltage spikes
    Throw your keys in the bowl
    Kiss your husband goodnight

    Forget about your house of cards
    And I’ll do mine
    Forget about your house of cards
    And I’ll do mine

    Fall off the table,
    And get swept under

    Denial, denial
    Denial, denial
    Your ears should be burning
    Denial, denial
    Your ears should be burning
    Denial, denial

  7. Fake Plastic Trees
  8. A green plastic watering can
    For a fake chinese rubber plant
    In the fake plastic earth

    That she bought from a rubber man
    In a town full of rubber plans
    To get rid of itself

    It wears her out, it wears her out
    It wears her out, it wears her out

    She lives with a broken man
    A cracked polystyrene man
    Who just crumbles and burns

    He used to do surgery
    On girls in the eighties
    But gravity always wins

    And it wears him out, it wears him out
    It wears him out, it wears him out

    She looks like the real thing
    She tastes like the real thing
    My fake plastic love

    But I can’t help the feeling
    I could blow through the ceiling
    If I just turn and run

    And it wears me out, it wears me out
    It wears me out, it wears me out

    And if I could be who you wanted
    If I could be who you wanted
    All the time, all the time

  9. Paranoid Android
  10. Please could you stop the noise, I’m trying to get some rest
    From all the unborn chicken voices in my head
    What’s that…? (I may be paranoid, but not an android)
    What’s that…? (I may be paranoid, but not an android)

    When I am king, you will be first against the wall
    With your opinion which is of no consequence at all
    What’s that…? (I may be paranoid, but no android)
    What’s that…? (I may be paranoid, but no android)

    Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
    Kicking and squealing gucci little piggy
    You don’t remember
    You don’t remember
    Why don’t you remember my name?
    Off with his head, man
    Off with his head, man
    Why don’t you remember my name?
    I guess he does….

    Rain down, rain down
    Come on rain down on me
    From a great height
    From a great height… height…
    Rain down, rain down
    Come on rain down on me
    From a great height
    From a great height… height…
    Rain down, rain down
    Come on rain down on me

    That’s it, sir
    You’re leaving
    The crackle of pigskin
    The dust and the screaming
    The yuppies networking
    The panic, the vomit
    The panic, the vomit
    God loves his children, God loves his children, yeah!

  11. Everything in its Right Place
  12. Kid A, Kid A
    Kid A, Kid A
    Everything
    Everything
    Everything
    Everything in its right place
    In its right place
    In its right place
    In its right place

    Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon
    Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon
    Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon
    Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon

    Everything
    Everything
    Everything
    Everything in its right place
    In its right place
    In its right place
    Right place

    There are two colours in my head
    There are two colours in my head
    What, what is that you tried to say?
    What, what was that you tried to say?
    Tried to say
    Tried to say
    Tried to say
    Tried to say

    Everything in its right place…

  13. True Love Waits
  14. I’ll drown my beliefs
    To have you be in peace
    I’ll dress like your niece
    To wash your swollen feet

    Just don’t leave
    Don’t leave

    I’m not living
    I’m just killing time
    Your tiny hands
    Your crazy kitten smile

    Just don’t leave
    Don’t leave

    And true love waits
    In haunted attics
    And true love lives
    On lollipops and crisps

    Just don’t leave
    Don’t leave

    Just don’t leave
    Don’t leave

  15. High and Dry
  16. Two jumps in a week,
    I bet you think that’s pretty clever don’t you boy?
    Flying on your motorcycle,
    watching all the ground beneath you drop
    You’d kill yourself for recognition,
    kill yourself to never, ever stop
    You broke another mirror,
    you’re turning into something you are not

    Don’t leave me high, don’t leave me dry
    Don’t leave me high, don’t leave me dry

    Drying up in conversation,
    you’ll be the one who cannot talk

    All your insides fall to pieces,
    you just sit there wishing you could still make love
    They’re the ones who’ll hate you
    when you think you’ve got the world all sussed out
    They’re the ones who’ll spit on you,
    you’ll be the one screaming out

    Don’t leave me high, don’t leave me dry
    Don’t leave me high, don’t leave me dry

    Oh, it’s the best thing that you ever had,
    the best thing that you ever, ever had.
    It’s the best thing that you ever had,
    the best thing you have had has gone away.

    Don’t leave me high, don’t leave me dry
    Don’t leave me high, don’t leave me dry
    Don’t leave me high,
    Don’t leave me high, don’t leave me dry

  17. Idioteque
  18. Who’s in a bunker?
    Who’s in a bunker?
    Women and children first
    And the children first
    And the children
    I’ll laugh until my head comes off
    I’ll swallow till I burst
    Until I burst
    Until I

    Who’s in a bunker?
    Who’s in a bunker?
    I have seen too much
    I haven’t seen enough
    You haven’t seen it
    I’ll laugh until my head comes off
    Women and children first
    And children first
    And children

    Here I’m alllowed
    Everything all of the time
    Here I’m allowed
    Everything all of the time

    Ice age coming
    Ice age coming
    Let me hear both sides
    Let me hear both sides
    Let me hear both
    Ice age coming
    Ice age coming
    Throw it on the fire
    Throw it on the fire
    Throw it on the

    We’re not scaremongering
    This is really happening
    Happening
    We’re not scaremongering
    This is really happening
    Happening
    Mobiles skwrking
    Mobiles chirping
    Take the money run
    Take the money run
    Take the money

    Here I’m allowed
    Everything all of the time
    Here I’m allowed
    Everything all of the time

    Here I’m allowed
    Everything all of the time
    Here I’m allowed
    Everything all of the time

    The first of the children

  19. Bodysnatchers
  20. I do not
    Understand
    What it is
    I’ve done wrong
    Full of holes
    Check for pulse
    Blink your eyes
    One for yes
    Two for no

    I have no idea what I am talking about
    I am trapped in this body and can’t get out
    Ooooohhhh

    You killed the sound
    removed backbone
    A pale imitation
    With the edges
    Sawn off

    I have no idea what you are talking about
    Your mouth moves only with someone’s hand up your ass
    Ooooohhhh

    Has the light gone out for you?
    Because the light’s gone for me
    It is the 21st century
    It is the 21st century
    It can follow you like a dog
    It brought me to my knees
    They got a skin and they put me in
    They got a skin and they put me in
    All the lines wrapped around my face
    All the lines wrapped around my face
    And for anyone else to see
    And for anyone else to see

    I’m a lie

    I’ve seen it coming
    I’ve seen it coming
    I’ve seen it coming
    I’ve seen it coming

    We’re not scaremongering
    This is really happening
    Happening
    We’re not scaremongering
    This is really happening
    Happening
    Mobiles skwrking
    Mobiles chirping
    Take the money run
    Take the money run
    Take the money

    Here I’m allowed
    Everything all of the time
    Here I’m allowed
    Everything all of the time

    Here I’m allowed
    Everything all of the time
    Here I’m allowed
    Everything all of the time

    The first of the children

Perhaps you can enjoy Radiohead as much as I do.

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  1. migs said

    Let Down is a good one

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