The best Radiohead lyrics

4 June 2019, 16:32 | Updated: 21 January 2022, 11:01

Radiohead in 1997
Radiohead in 1997. Picture: Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Let's celebrate some of Thom Yorke's finest lyrical moments.

  1. "For a minute there, I lost myself."

    Karma Police - The Bends (1997)

    Radiohead - Karma Police

  2. "I’ll take a quiet life / A handshake of carbon monoxide."

    No Surprises - OK Computer (1997)

    Radiohead - No Surprises

  3. "We are accidents waiting to happen."

    There, There - Hail To The Thief (2003)

    Radiohead - There, There

  4. "I’m not living, I’m just killing time."

    True Love Waits (2001)

    Radiohead - True Love Waits

  5. "In an interstellar burst / I am back to save the universe."

    Airbag - OK Computer (1997)

    Radiohead - Airbag @ Glastonbury 2017

  6. "You do it to yourself / And that’s why it really hurts."

    Just - The Bends (1995)

    Radiohead - Just

  7. "This is our new song / Just like the last one / A total waste of time."

    My Iron Lung - The Bends (1994)

    Radiohead - My Iron Lung

  8. “She looks like the real thing / she tastes like the real thing / my fake plastic love.“

    Fake Plastic Trees - The Bends (1995)

    Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

  9. " I'd show them the stars / And the meaning of life / They'd shut me away / But I'd be all right."

    Subterranean Homesick Alien - OK Computer (1997)

    Radiohead Subterranean Homesick Alien live (high quality)

  10. "There is an empty space inside my heart where the weeds take root / tonight I’ll set you free."

    Lotus Flower - King Of Limbs (2011)

    Radiohead - Lotus Flower

  11. "We’re not scaremongering / This is really happening."

    Idioteque - Kid A (2000)

    Radiohead - Idioteque [Glastonbury 2003]

  12. "Words are blunt instruments / Words are a sawn off shotgun."

    Jigsaw Falling Into Place - In Rainbows (2007)

    Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place | Live at Saitama, Japan 2008 (1080p)

  13. "Stay in the shadows / Cheer at the gallows / This is a round up / This is a low flying panic attack”

    Burn The Witch - A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)

    Radiohead - Burn The Witch

  14. "I’m a creep / I’m a weirdo / What the hell am I doing here?"

    Creep - Pablo Honey (1993)

    Radiohead - Creep


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