Exit Music (for a Film) (4:26)

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From OK Computer and 88 other releases

“Exit Music (For a Film)” is a song by Radiohead, written specifically for the ending credits of the 1996 film William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. Although not included on either of the two soundtrack albums at the request of Thom Yorke, the song appears on the band’s highly acclaimed third album, OK Computer (1997). The moment in the film when Claire Danes (as Juliet) holds a gun to her head was the actual inspiration for “Exit Music”. Thom Yorke also had the 1968 adaptation of the play (Romeo and Juliet) in his head: “I saw the Zeffirelli version when I was 13 and I cried my eyes out, because I couldn’t understand why, the morning after they shagged, they didn’t just run away. The song is written for two people who should run away before all the bad stuff starts. A personal song.” The director of the movie, Baz Luhrmann, revealed in the DVD commentary that he believes it is one of the greatest film exit songs ever written.

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  • Mohhito

    breathtaking.

    16 Aug 5:52pm Reply
  • jonsi-

    so beautiful

    14 Aug 1:52am Reply
  • TobiasJC

    one of the most beautiful songs ever written

    27 Jul 12:13am Reply
  • jordanblach

    @BewbsMcGee there are still plenty of people growing up on Radiohead...it's not like the music stops existing after a few years

    22 Jul 6:46am Reply
  • muerto14

    Masterpiece. Gives me chills everytime

    16 Jul 3:47pm Reply
  • TornadoJuice

    The mood in this song is so sincere, and when the drums come in, it feels so real.

    8 Jul 6:20pm Reply
  • iRadioheadshot

    This song literally tears me apart on the inside.

    18 Jun 8:02pm Reply
  • YYYennisehi

    This song is so Amazing... gives me chills everytime!!!

    18 Jun 4:32am Reply
  • AlexChaus

    Класс!!!

    25 May 5:10pm Reply
  • D3licateBalance

    We hope that you choke.

    20 May 1:37pm Reply
  • Grycho

    @BewbsMcGee Younger person here to say I'm pretty much growing up with these guys. Thanks to this new thing called the internet it's a lot easier to come across critically acclaimed albums from the late 90's. So yeah. Radiohead isn't exactly as obscure as you'd think.

    17 Apr 3:49pm Reply
  • BewbsMcGee

    Glad I got to grow up to this album/band. Feel bad for younger people.

    16 Apr 8:35am Reply
  • muerto14

    Masterpiece , one of the best songs ever made

    14 Apr 11:30pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Amazing song ♥♥♥

    29 Mar 6:19pm Reply
  • FreddiSon

    WOW.....this is full of feelings......WOW

    28 Mar 4:53pm Reply
  • Indierock93

    Back to the days when they made so fantastic great music...

    25 Mar 2:32pm Reply
  • FaiAhmed

    Breathe, keep breathing. I can't do this alone

    26 Feb 9:45pm Reply
  • Jeannyd

    Best song on OKC. [2]

    12 Feb 12:03pm Reply
  • flavinhomt

    Me lembra 2 coelhos.

    4 Feb 6:53pm Reply
  • laurent22300

    Exit Music is so good that I almost don't want to listen to it, yet do it every time. Fun last.fm fact: there's a big drop in listening to this song around 25 December. Guess it's not everybody's favorite Christmas song :D

    12 Jan 7:23pm Reply
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