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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  • The_SchizoidMan

    2:29 Gorgeous.

    25 Nov 10:17pm Reply
  • Daniel_Green

    Amazing!

    24 Nov 3:22pm 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 4:58am Reply
  • sam_ecc

    I forgot how beautiful this song is

    17 Nov 5:01am Reply
  • iloveyoubuticd

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

    15 Nov 5:10am Reply
  • more__colors

    <33333

    7 Nov 12:45am Reply
  • more__colors

    What a song. [2]

    4 Nov 12:37am 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 11:19pm Reply
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  • mrpaul01

    cool video!

    13 Sep 9:19pm Reply
  • theithilstone

    this is the best ever

    10 Sep 2:36am Reply
  • datruoi

    MASTERPIECE [5,594,085]

    24 Aug 8:17pm Reply
  • muerto14

    MASTERPIECE [8]

    18 Aug 6:30pm Reply
  • Alex_Darkness

    MASTERPIECE [7]

    14 Aug 5:35pm Reply
  • Grycho

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

    1 Aug 1:51pm Reply
  • Highmor

    MASTERPIECE [6]

    29 Jul 10:43am Reply
  • its_fred

    MASTERPIECE [5]

    26 Jul 2:55am Reply
  • fakeplasticbees

    But seriously, best song ever from the best album ever. I don't think this will ever be topped. The lyrics, the instrumentation, the production, the emotion - everything about it is perfect.

    7 Jul 12:21am Reply
  • fakeplasticbees

    MASTERPIECE [4]

    7 Jul 12:19am Reply
  • Oppressotron

    If you love this song, you should check Toots and the Maytals cover. They are equally godly.

    30 Jun 6:31pm Reply
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