Up on the Ladder (4:17)

Cover of 2002-08-05: Palacio de Congresos, Salamanca, Spain

From 2002-08-05: Palacio de Congresos, Salamanca, Spain and 8 other releases

The lyric “Not sleeping OK/Trapped in hyperspace” is a probable reference to the OK Computer sessions, during which Thom was often not able to sleep and would spend many hours at night on the internet, chatting with people and posting his thoughts on the band’s website.

‘Up On the Ladder’ was first attempted by the band during the Kid A sessions. A number of entries from Ed’s Diary relate to it, as below:

Extract from Ed’s diary:
Thursday, july 29th 1999

The last two days were brewing up to this…working on ‘up the ladder’. 30 seconds into it & it sounds utter shite. Thom stops it. Lack of energy. Phil gets pissed off. We talk a bit. start up again with a dose of the ‘fuck you’s. Sounds better almost immediately. Funny that.

After no releasable version came out of the Kid A sessions, the song was most likely demoed again by Thom in late 2001 or early 2002, and then rehearsed by the band in spring 2002, as it was played live seven times on the Iberian Tour. The lyrics at the end varied slightly each time.

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