Let Down (4:59)

Cover of OK Computer

From OK Computer and 23 other releases

This track was recorded in the ballroom of actress Jane Seymour’s mansion at 3 A.M. It closes with computerized sounds created by ZX Spectrum computers, which all the members of Radiohead owned in the 1980s. Jonny explains what it’s all about: “It’s like when Andy Warhol said he enjoyed being bored. It’s about that feeling that you get when you’re not in control of it – you just go past thousands of places and thousands of people and you’re completely removed from it.”

Thom: “I was pissed in a club, and I suddenly had the funniest thought I’d had for ages – what if all the people who were drinking were hanging from the bottles… if the bottles were hung from the ceiling with string, and the floor caved in, and the only thing that kept everyone up was the bottles? It’s also about an enormous fear of being trapped.”

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  • cmcmsf

    Their last great song. Radiohead, what happened? What happened? This song was magic, and then it all disappeared.

    Yesterday 6:00am Reply
  • Onelonelystar

    quite possibly my favorite song.

    28 Jan 8:00pm Reply
  • davidnordin7

    When Thom begins to sing "You know, you know where you are with..." is honestly one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. [21]

    11 Jan 10:47am Reply
  • Dasein_60

    Wow .... Chemical reaction. Hysterical and Useless. Let down and hanging around. Crushed like a bug in the ground

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • UriahFM

    The beauty is overwhelming.

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    2:29 Gorgeous.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Daniel_Green

    Amazing!

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Grycho

    When Thom begins to sing "You know, you know where you are with..." is honestly one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. [20]

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sam_ecc

    I forgot how beautiful this song is

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • iloveyoubuticd

    *-*-*-*-*-*-*--*

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • more__colors

    <33333

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • more__colors

    What a song. [2]

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Traumita

    When Thom begins to sing "You know, you know where you are with..." is honestly one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. [19]

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
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  • mrpaul01

    cool video!

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • theithilstone

    this is the best ever

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • datruoi

    MASTERPIECE [5,594,085]

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
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    MASTERPIECE [8]

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
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    MASTERPIECE [7]

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  • Grycho

    Absolutely love Thom's voice in this! Especially towards the end.

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
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