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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  • RVeldhuis

    Hysterical and Useless. Let down and hanging around. Crushed like a bug in the ground.... Ouch....

    13 Jul 7:51am Reply
  • tibijack

    HOLY SHIT THIS SONG IS FUCKING AMAZING LIVE

    18 May 3:47pm Reply
  • RIPELIVEJAM

    The harmony on "reaction"

    7 May 1:08am Reply
  • gilmarhodasjr

    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. [22]

    19 Apr 12:19am Reply
  • GritzkoThePanda

    Best Radiohead song

    10 Apr 10:42pm Reply
  • Continuum_

    This changed my life!

    10 Apr 4:16pm Reply
  • chonifer

    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] Seriously, this song is just Maybe is in my top 5, or top 3, perhaps.

    23 Mar 12:39am Reply
  • Modeeestas

    Some songs make life worth living. Song like this make it bearable.

    22 Mar 7:37pm Reply
  • ForestFloor

    inseparable from my memories

    10 Mar 1:59pm Reply
  • Beatriztriz01

    Hysterical and useless... MEU DEUS, COMO AMO ESSA MÚSICA

    15 Feb 10:52pm Reply
  • cmcmsf

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

    29 Jan 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
  • 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
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