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Well, now it's time for our series, the lyrics, the thing where we explore the lyrics of hit songs from different musical genres with Paul Harrington. And this morning, Paul takes us into the minds of Radiohead on a song that some say was written about the stunt motorcyclist, Evel Knievel. Good morning, Paul. Good morning, Pat.
And equally, it could have been written about Eddie Kid. Eddie was the the English version of Evel Knievel. Both men, as we know, making their names from doing extraordinarily dangerous motorcycle stunts, which was it was all the rage many years ago. But the song is called High and Dry, and it's from Radiohead 1995 album, the band's.
Well, when you look at some of the lines to jumps in a week, I bet you think that's pretty clever, don't you, boy? Flying on your motorcycle, watching all the ground beneath you drop.
I mean, I can understand how these stunt cyclists would come to mind, but it may not be so absolute.
That's absolutely right. I mean, that's just one of the many possible explanations, our interpretations. Some say it's loosely about daredevils in general, but that's that's a bit of a wide swipe. But and the deeper meaning being about those who hide behind false bravado, those for me who sometimes bring the barber's cup to mind. But several accounts I read, I've read tell me Radiohead songs have apparently they have a surface meaning and a hidden meaning.
And, of course, the beauty of some of the fan sites, which is incredible diversity of interpretations. And just just for just for the hell of it, because I to be honest with you, I had no idea what it's about at all. But one particular one particular one caught my eye. And it's about it's almost like a movie scene. It's about a bank robbery gone bad.
The narrator addresses his accomplice that he was getting too cocky after doing two jobs or jumps in a week. Apparently, it's a slang and his overconfidence leading to mistakes. Now, as I say this, there's a really comprehensive, elaborate explanation, which I won't go into the full text, but it goes on to say that the narrator is begging him not to lose it completely. In other words, don't leave me high and dry. Now, I would love to credit the writer of this piece is very, very it's very, very creative.
It goes on anyway, just another little chunk. He goes on to talk about how the police are storming the bank and there's a shootout ensues and there's a line. All your insides fall to pieces. You just sit there wishing you could still make love. This is suggesting prayer. He might have been struck by a bullet. As I say, lots of imagination being exercised. And this is all all considering the Thom Yorke and this is as true as I can find.
Couldn't recall where they came up with the idea for the song or what it was about. So there you go.
In fact, it turns out Thom Yorke wasn't a fan of the song at all. He's quoted as saying it's not a bad song. It's a very bad song. Absolutely.
And he used a couple of swear words, too. But he went on to say that he had written the bulk of it on a four track recorder. And and when when he finished it or went actually when they brought it to the studio, they finished it and recorded it in the studio. He said that they didn't even listen to it back here. And it was one of the few songs where they all did their particular individual parts, not collectively as a band.
In fact, they kind of let the sound engineer put it all together because they just liked it so much. And when they did finally listen to it, they all thought it was dreadful. So it was apparently it was intended for an earlier album, which I'm sure a Radiohead fans can tell you what it is. And it didn't make it onto that record. But the the record company decided to resurrect it because it had a very commercial sound on appeal and they decided to include it on the band's album, which incidentally, turned 25 this year.
And I picked up it after it was in March of this year, the Irish Times. And there was an article there to mark the milestone, which described it as the worst great album of all time, written by a chap called Ed Power. Well worth a read, I have to say, but the likes of Coldplay and Travis and lots more bands who were apparently influenced by this album, they all get it in the neck, I'm afraid, from Thom Yorke.
But so you might ask, why am I going to do it today? Well, because I think some songs are more than the sum of their parts. And it definitely has left me stumped as to try and find a meaning.
But as I said before in this series, I tend to be drawn to Melody first. So if it's all the same to you. And just to end this on a happy note, by the way, I will be returning to the warm bosom of the Great American Songbook, hopefully next week.
All right. Well, look, why not have a go high and dry and written by Radiohead, disliked by Radiohead, but performed now by Paul Harrington Chiggers.
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