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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  • 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
  • Tamguns

    ...

    31 Mar 3:40am 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
  • lfmmdf

    Sing.. us a song A song to keep us warm There's such a chill, such a chill...

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • xelene_x

    I remember this floored me when I first heard it during the ending of R+J.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Storchel

    When the drums and the crazy bass kick in, my skin starts dancing..

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SentoxVX

    This is one of the song of my suicid soundtrack :)

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Godfazou

    One of my favs in OKC.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Win_Mangum

    Best song on OKC.

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    these vocals are killing me....fuck

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gombost

    When you almost drown in the ocean of emotions induced by this song, 'Let Down' gives you shelter from the storm just in time. Perfect.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jorjun

    is this the best? so many to choose from....

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
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