Knives Out (4:17)

Cover of Amnesiac

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“Knives Out” is a song by English alternative rock band Radiohead. The composition features electric and acoustic guitars, complemented by singer Thom Yorke’s vocals. It appears on Radiohead’s 2001 album Amnesiac, recorded during the same sessions as the previous album Kid A. It was also released as the second Amnesiac single, receiving more radio airplay than the band’s other songs of the period. The song reached #13 on the UK singles chart.

Yorke has usually described the song as being about “cannibalism”. In one interview he said: “It’s partly the idea of the businessman walking out on his wife and kids and never coming back. It’s also the thousand yard stare when you look at someone close to you and you know they’re gonna die. It’s like a shadow over them, or the way they look straight through you. The shine goes out of their eyes.”

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