4 Minute Warning (4:06)

Cover of Nude

From Nude and 4 other releases

Thom and Stanley have had a long-lasting fascination with nuclear fallout, and one of the earliest documents of this obsession is the artwork for the Karma Police single,

The song was around during the sessions for Kid A already, and was mentioned three times in Ed’s Diary under two early titles. ‘Neil Young *9’ was a title made up by Ed for the otherwise untitled song, and was replaced when Thom titled it ‘Bombers’ around late 1999.

The song was premiered live on may 6th 2006 in Copenhagen. It seems like the band had already settled on the title ‘4 Minute Warning’ at this point, at least that’s how Thom announces it. After playing this debut Thom mentions that the arrangement is still “sketchy”, and in fact the band’s insecurity about it is well reflected in the fact that Thom stops the song after the first verse to ask if it’s alright…

Often Thom would vary the lyrics in the second and third verse. The other lyrics of the song were unchanged throughout the tours.

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  • walstory

    this track kills me, sometimes i listen to it on repeat for hours, bless

    18 Mar 11:41pm Reply
  • pancakejacek

    Sometimes I can't stop listening to it.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • blue_myself

    i don't wanna hear it, i don't wanna know, i just wanna run and hide

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • David_g12

    The World is ending.

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sumit_hk

    Most beautiful Radiohead song after Videotape and Reckoner.

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Shaunography

    Should be called 40 Minute Warning.

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Bacaaw23

    i literally want to make love to this song and make it breakfast the next morning.(2)

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Sikchen

    I agree.

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Ask42

    This song is way too short. It should have been a 8 Minute Warning. :D

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Juliors

    one of their best songs, if not the best. underrated, in my opinion

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Ennish

    I know this song is about nuclear fallout, but whenever I listen to it, I can't help but think of an astronaut floating around in space, his oxygen tank about to run out in 4 minutes, and with the lyrics to this song being his final thoughts. Something along the lines of David Bowie's "Space Oddity", but nevertheless, this is an underrated track from a great band.

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MonicattFLOYD

    im dying

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • willteece

    one of their simplest, most beautiful songs. perfect.

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • expansoes

    ...poetic, beautiful and sad...

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • rhinowing

    bass in this always reminds me of "40" by U2

    18 Nov 2011 Reply
  • goki333

    song of ending and rising lives

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Picodran

    brilliant track

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Psdenton

    It's depressing in a head-bobbing manner.

    18 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Shaunography

    "I cried deeply to this song last night..." Don't worry. We all have.

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • paul30482

    Love this song! By the way guys if any of u want a free iphone 4 check out this site FREEIPHONE4-METROLYRICS.INFO Actually works! Just got mine the other day haha

    31 May 2011 Reply
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