Song Lyric Sunday – 3 January 2021 – PG

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the title of the song must start with P or G.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Music is a personal choice and, like any form of art, I know that some may not be to everyone’s liking.  The song I’ve chosen this week probably fits that statement more than most. 

“Paranoid Android” is a song by English alternative rock band Radiohead. It was released as the lead single from their album OK Computer in May 1997.  

The song was originally over 14 minutes long but was reduced to just over six minutes.  It has four distinct sections and was written by singer Thom Yorke following an unpleasant experience in a Los Angeles bar during which he was surrounded by strangers who were high on cocaine. 

In particular, Yorke was frightened by a woman who became violent after someone spilled a drink on her.  Yorke characterised the woman as “inhuman” and said “There was a look in this woman’s eyes that I’d never seen before anywhere…. Couldn’t sleep that night because of it.” The woman inspired the line “kicking squealing Gucci little piggy” in the song’s second section. Yorke, referring to the line “With your opinions, which are of no consequence at all”, said that “That’s just a joke.  It’s actually the other way around – it’s actually my opinion that is of no consequence at all.”

The title is taken from Marvin the Paranoid Android from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The original release came in the form of an animated video and this appears at the bottom of the post, but I’m offering a live performance from 1997 on “Later with Jules Holland”, a BBC production that I never miss. I do hope that you enjoy it.

The group obviously get on tremendously well, having met at school. I love how they almost show disinterest in sections where they are not actively playing, yet they remain professional throughout. Jonathan Greenwood, the very talented lead guitarist who has written several film scores, wanders off to the back to play keyboards. His brother, Colin, beavers away, almost unnoticed, playing bass, with Philip Selway, equally busy, playing the drums. Edward O’Brien on the left, meanwhile sorts out a minor technical problem at 2.37(not shown here but, believe me, it happened),  then takes a well-earned rest at 3.30 before taking over the refrain “Rain Down” from Thom Yorke at 5.00. So brilliantly done that you never even noticed it!

You may have surmised that I’ve watched this particular recording a few times.  I have, and I love it.  I hope that you do too!

Paranoid Android

Radiohead

Please could you stop the noise?
I’m trying to get some rest

From all the unborn chicken
Voices in my head

What’s there?
(I may be paranoid, but not an android)
What’s there?
(I may be paranoid, but not an android)

When I am king
You will be first against the wall

With your opinion
Which is of no consequence at all

What’s there?
(I may be paranoid, but no android)
What’s there?
(I may be paranoid, but no android)

Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking and squealing Gucci little piggy

You don’t remember, you don’t remember
Why don’t you remember my name?
Off with his head, man
Off with his head, man
Why don’t you remember my name?
I guess he does

Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height
Height
Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
From a great height
From a great height
Height
Rain down, rain down
Come on rain down on me
That’s it, sir
You’re leaving
The crackle of pigskin
The dust and the screaming
The yuppies networking
The panic, the vomit
The panic, the vomit
God loves his children
God loves his children, yeah

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Greenwood Colin Charles / Greenwood Jonathan Richard Guy / O Brien Edward John / Selway Philip James / Yorke Thomas Edward

Paranoid Android lyrics © Warner/chappell Music Ltd

Original MTV animated video release

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