Subterranean Homesick Alien (4:27)

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From OK Computer and 29 other releases

Originally called “Uptight,” which is how Jonny referred to it in its early stages, the song pays homage to Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” It deals with alien abduction and stems from two incidents in Thom’s life. The first occured at Abingdon School, when he was assigned an essay question that went something like this: “If you were an alien from another planet arriving on Earth, how would you describe what you saw?” The second incident occurred when Thom was driving down a country road and hit a bird (which he believes was a pheasant). He stepped out of the car and at that moment began thinking about alien abduction.


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  • asilentfire

    Name reminds me of Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan

    6 Apr 7:05pm Reply
  • Continuum_

    This is what loneliness sounds like

    6 Apr 11:34am Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    29 Mar 6:14pm Reply
  • chichoeq

    This music = pretty much my life [2]

    22 Feb 10:54pm Reply
  • joshsaussey

    The beginning guitar tone is out of this world. [2] Strings are insane in this song, so beautiful. Thom's voice is amazing in this track.

    20 Feb 4:26am Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    show me the world as I'd love to see it

    20 Jan 9:50pm Reply
  • Thero151

    what a song

    6 Jan 3:50pm Reply
  • EJMensah

    Show me the world as I'd love to see it

    4 Jan 5:39am Reply
  • LolzeezTheBro

    Listened by itself,not as good as Let Down and Karma Police but when listening to the album from start to finish,this is a huge highlight.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • vaguely_agogged

    The guitar effect in the beginning reminds me of seagulls, later it reminds me of the sound of whales beneath the water.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WylieTimes37

    I hope this is the song that is playing as I pass from this world into the next....

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    The beginning guitar tone is out of this world. [2]

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • oooBUBU7ooo

    Underrated, first of all by the band itself

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Excrono

    It is fall right now; the weather feels cold, its raining and I'm feeling depressed. This song is just what I need right now.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • FIL1994

    one of my favourite Radiohead songs

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • asherwilson

    my favorite song

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • David_g12

    This music = pretty much my life

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MistahJohnson

    reminds me of U2

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JustBreathe94

    Phil's drumming is insane in this one

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • telephonedance

    i swear when i'm half asleep and riding my bike in the morning, this song makes everything feel so... crisp! i love how it's crazy in some parts and then rolls off into swirly guitars.

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
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