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Radiohead — Exit Music (For A Film)
Album: OK Computer
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Released: 1997
Length: 4:20
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Wake from your sleep
The drying of your tears
Today, we escape
We escape

Pack and get dressed
Before your father hears us
Before all hell breaks loose

Breathe, keep breathing
Don't lose your nerve
Breathe, keep breathing
I can't do this alone

Sing us a song
A song to keep us warm
There's such a chill
Such a chill

You can laugh
A spineless laugh
We hope your rules and wisdom choke you

Now we are one in everlasting peace
We hope that you choke, that you choke
We hope that you choke, that you choke
We hope that you choke, that you choke
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Made a very memorable appearance as the "exit music" for the third season finale of Person of Interest.



"A Film" specifically being the 1996 William Shakespear's Romeo & Juliet. This song was written specifically for the closing credits. It's just perfect in that context, and it holds up quite well on it's own.
CCinSB wrote:
:sick: :hand: man i hate radiohead..
love em, but you can't be in a depressed mood or you will want to cut your throat with a spoon.
killer tune
Even mediocre Radiohead is better than most.
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You guys just DON'T GET the genius... :stupid: he's just making fun...
lovejoy wrote:
Whenever I hear this song, it reminds of the episode of Father Ted where another priest, who's very depressed visits Ted who manages to cheer him up by playing him some disco on his turntable and getting him up and dancing. He gives his thanks to Father Ted as he leaves and gets on his coach home, with new found hope and a smile on his face he takes his seat and then this song starts playing on the coach stereo and you see his face fade from his new happiness to utter despair. I laughed so much my sides hurt. I love this song though.
:lol: I remember that episode! OK, good; now you're given me a new image for this song, because for real I was sitting here listening to this and wanting to take a 50-cent cab ride into the lake...
CCinSB wrote:
:sick: :hand: man i hate radiohead..
To pick up a couple of strings here --- I'm in complete "agreeance" (thanx GWB)
beautiful
Darkmatter wrote:
"We hope that you choke."
What I would like to say to Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, and any number of other neocons...
Weakest song on the OK Computer album. Which means it only gets a 7 from me. :D JCEntMan wrote:
I'm loving the song but wishing "Let Down" would be played right after. Those two songs really belong together.
Indeed, it feels so abrupt to be switched to another song. :(
Whenever I hear this song, it reminds of the episode of Father Ted where another priest, who's very depressed visits Ted who manages to cheer him up by playing him some disco on his turntable and getting him up and dancing. He gives his thanks to Father Ted as he leaves and gets on his coach home, with new found hope and a smile on his face he takes his seat and then this song starts playing on the coach stereo and you see his face fade from his new happiness to utter despair. I laughed so much my sides hurt. I love this song though.
These guys take themselves way too seriously.
Antidote to the misery of this song: :bananasplit: :daisy: :bananajumprope: :good-vibes: :sunny:
CCinSB wrote:
:sick: :hand: man i hate radiohead..
Man I love this album... and specially this song :sunny:
:sick: :hand: man i hate radiohead..
tony620d wrote:
god... i just want to punch this whining sissy square in the face - please just JUMP already and SPARE US! thanks! :)
"We hope that you choke."
I love Radiohead but this song sounds disjunct on its own. It belongs within the context of the entire album.
jah_blessed wrote:
For once I agree with you Tony. (Not with punching poor Thom in the face, though.) This song only inflicts misery upon the listener.
Isn't music amazing? This is one of my all time favorite songs. For me it falls into that "makes life worth living" category. Go figure.
tony620d wrote:
god... i just want to punch this whining sissy square in the face - please just JUMP already and SPARE US! thanks! :)
For once I agree with you Tony. (Not with punching poor Thom in the face, though.) This song only inflicts misery upon the listener.
I first heard OK Computer while hanging out in a Guatemalan shack drinking beer with a Peace Corps volunteer who lived at a great nature reserve. The CD was just about over and it finally dawned on me that this was just a fantastic collection of songs I'd managed not to hear before. The guy was a big Beck fan, too...good times.
god... i just want to punch this whining sissy square in the face - please just JUMP already and SPARE US! thanks! :)
spaceman wrote:
This song always gives me goosebumps and makes me drop whatever I'm doing, because it's so intense.
Can I get an amen? :notworthy: One of the few songs that really makes me want to die, it's so good.
I certainly am a RadioHead, but this song always brought me down way too much to appreciate it! I'm too depressed now to give it a 10.
I would be hard pressed right now to say exactly how sick I am of hearing Radiohead.
Jamoo2003 wrote:
This is the worst song, I've heard in a long, long time.
mettle wrote:
Then keep listening to your George Harrison and Derek and the Dominoes records, oldster.
As an oldster who enjoys Radiohead as well as my George Harrison and Derek and the Dominos records, I found this attempt at generational polarization around this track very amusing.
Jamoo2003 wrote:
This is the worst song, I've heard in a long, long time.
It's amazing how Radiohead polarizes people, especially music lovers. This song always gives me goosebumps and makes me drop whatever I'm doing, because it's so intense. I find it hard to understand how someone can call this a bad song, but as they say, it takes all kinds... and it leaves me a chance to get a ticket at their next show ;-)
JCEntMan wrote:
I'm loving the song but wishing "Let Down" would be played right after. Those two songs really belong together.
I agree with you !
Jamoo2003 wrote:
This is the worst song, I've heard in a long, long time.
Then keep listening to your George Harrison and Derek and the Dominoes records, oldster.
I'm loving the song but wishing "Let Down" would be played right after. Those two songs really belong together.
TheLoneIguana wrote:
No, but you have to give up your musical individuality and submit to the hive-mind reprogramming. /resist! It's not worth it!
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Redefines the word dull.
radio emo anyone?
This is the worst song, I've heard in a long, long time.
reminds me of the days in P.B San Diego...best times in my life...long live RH
Uggh! This is in danger of becoming "Exit Music (From Radio Paradise)"
I've been hoping to hear this song all day! Thanks RP!!
Great set! It keeps getting better...
I like this song and I like this CD and I like Radiohead, but I definitely can see how others might not... That said, keep 'em playing
Look mommy! It's a troll!
Painful.....
Mikey wrote:
Count me in the RADIOparadiseHEAD club. /Do I get a newsletter and membership card?
No, but you have to give up your musical individuality and submit to the hive-mind reprogramming. /resist! It's not worth it!
I was not enjoying this track but didn't start to want to drill a hole in my eardrum until the bad production set in. Then I saw it was Radiohead. Unsurprised, but very happy that I haven't already rated this a 1, since that means I have the pleasure of doing it now.
Que up the whole album, Bill. I'd like to hear Paranoid Android.
justDave wrote:
But not entirely alone. There are some of us who feel compelled to object everytime we hear the relentless whiney droning from the most exalted Sir Thomas Yorke.
For the record, the word's "WHINY". And I don't find Radiohead to be such. But that's just my taste. And there just might be something behind so many people liking them...maybe you should give them another listen. Excellent tune, but I can't help but want to hear "Let Down" immediately after.
Radiohead have revealed little details about the new album to be released in 2006. I have written a couple of articles, including an mp3 of "Arpeggi" and video link for "House of Cards." (click here) (click here)
artmarcia wrote:
This is Radiohead? Whiney and boring IMHO. RP was playing in the background when I was working. This song entered my consciousness because I disliked it so much. I see from other posts that I'm in the minority however.
But not entirely alone. There are some of us who feel compelled to object everytime we hear the relentless whiney droning from the most exalted Sir Thomas Yorke. If for no other reason than to draw the ire of his twisted minions. For some perverse reason, I enjoy seeing them provoked.
Meowmix wrote:
:clap: The song is about Romeo and Juliet. It's the last song played in the movie. That's why it's called 'Exit Music (for a Film)'. Interesting, makes me want to see the movie again.
But wait...you don't know that it was written for the movie. It is afterall on a non-soundtrack album, too. I mean, they do also have a song called, "Motion Picture Soundtrack" on Kid A, so perhaps the title to this song is simply because when they wrote it, it sounded like the kind of song that would play at the end of a movie.
bluedot wrote:
i dunno. this song strikes me as being more about the"mood" than the "beat." :propeller: :propeller: :propeller:
You've got that so right. Very deep mood in this song.
This is Radiohead? Whiney and boring IMHO. RP was playing in the background when I was working. This song entered my consciousness because I disliked it so much. I see from other posts that I'm in the minority however.
:clap: The song is about Romeo and Juliet. It's the last song played in the movie. That's why it's called 'Exit Music (for a Film)'. Interesting, makes me want to see the movie again.
Gotta love that bass line! The song is about Romeo and Juliet. It's the last song played in the movie. That's why it's called 'Exit Music (for a Film)'.
btw, this song is about beating the system right? Or the fact to get away from an evil ruler of some kind (i.e the system :) )
waaaaahhh! remove the nipple.. crybaby.
This song live makes every hair on my neck stand up.....Thom Yorke has a voice from buddha above. Keep breathin' don't lose your nerve breathe keep breathin I can't do this alone
Perfect 10 !!! EXIT MUSIC (for a film) Wake, from your sleep The drying of your tears Today we escape, we escape Pack, and get dressed Before your father hears us Before all hell breaks loose Breathe, keep breathing Don't lose your nerve Breathe, keep breathing I can't do this alone Sing, us a song A song to keep us warm There's such a chill Such a chill You can laugh A spineless laugh We hope your rules and wisdom choke you Now we are one in everlasting peace We hope that you choke, that you choke We hope that you choke, that you choke We hope that you choke, that you choke
Welcome, to Radiohead's world.
Danny_G wrote:
Beatiful !!! :daisy: :clap: :notworthy: :bounce:
i dunno. this song strikes me as being more about the"mood" than the "beat." :propeller: :propeller: :propeller:
Count me in the RADIOparadiseHEAD club. /Do I get a newsletter and membership card?
Whenever I hear this song I slowly increase the volume as the song goes on so that by the end it's almost defeaning. This is the kind of song that was meant to be played really loud; it adds to its effectiveness. :cry: :cry: :clap: :clap:
Beatiful !!! :daisy: :clap: :notworthy: :bounce:
Quite possibly the perfect song... :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
:daisy.gif: \:D/
:sunny.gif:
Don't blow off the tune because you don't like the mood of it! It really is brilliant. Haunting and moody has its place. And the transition from simple vocals and acoustic guitar to drum fill then heavy fuzz bass...very Floyd like and so enjoyable. Rarely can a song have such a strong crescendo/dimuendo and get away with it. This song pumps me up. One of Radiohead's best.
A 10. For sure. And now we are one in everlasting peace!
tomnam wrote:
Perfect name for this song - I head for the exit when I hear it coming...
I like your sense of homour. I fully agree. /me now listens to "The Wall"
PERFECTION. Goes for the entire album, too.
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: BRAVO
(comiic-book guy) best crescendo ever. (/comic-book guy)
Help! It\'s over-modulating and breaking up something awful! :(
Originally Posted by palexis: For me this is a perfect song - lyrics, singing, instrumentation, pacing, build up, crescendo, mood; nothing can be faulted and not one note is too little or too much.
for me too. one of the best songs ever made.
beautiful song. amazing, really. i didn\'t realize it was for romeo and juliet. fits perfectly.
Remind me not to see this movie.
the only bad thing about hearing this song on RP is that the next song is never let down. Nothing else seems to fit after.
Perfect name for this song - I head for the exit when I hear it coming...
It's okay with the film. Without it, it's just an awful Cohen-alike.
For me this is a perfect song - lyrics, singing, instrumentation, pacing, build up, crescendo, mood; nothing can be faulted and not one note is too little or too much.
Originally Posted by great_one: Exit music from consciousness! :(
or INTO it. works for me. :cool:
Exit music from consciousness! :(
the video in concert at cologne is amazing...
You guys should stop playing such good songs like this one... because now I\'m off to listen to OK Computer on CD instead of listening to this station (but I\'ll be back) :-)
it\'s amazing....
Originally Posted by BRYNBRYN: WHO DIED?
thom yorke's sense of childlike wonder?
WHO DIED?
Originally Posted by gobiv: Ok. I've read all of your comments about not wanting to be depressed and all, but no one has mentioned that this was WRITTEN for the movie Romeo and Juliet (thus the title). It plays during the ending credits. I think it captures the mood of the ending pefectly. ..............Just relax and enjoy.
Explains why the thought of slitting my wrists crossed my mind while listenting to this :cry: ( :lol: ) Well, would never do that, but it is a testimony to the fact that the music achieves its purpose. Strangely enough I enjoy it.
I Love radiohead, please play more, other songs.
Ok. I\'ve read all of your comments about not wanting to be depressed and all, but no one has mentioned that this was WRITTEN for the movie Romeo and Juliet (thus the title). It plays during the ending credits. I think it captures the mood of the ending pefectly. I personally think its great. I don\'t expect everyone to like this, just want to let ya\'ll know the story behind it before all you negative people start harping again like you always do. Just relax and enjoy.
Originally Posted by Gabygaby07: If you're right it means just one thing to me: our dream for a better world will have failed. Kindness in sadness. We have to answer to that by love. But it is too much for us. We prefer easy way. Killing and starving millions just to catch a stupid man.
:??: What in the name of all that is holy and just are you babbling about? What the hell does this have to do with this song, this album, or anything that has been posted here?
:notworthy: :notworthy:
You\'ve really been hitting some great pieces of work today. Thanks!
One fantastic gem from an exceptional record.
I\'d love to see more radiohead played here...
Originally Posted by mlsully7: 30 years from now people will remember this album the same way they remember Revolver today. A classic, and a perfect 10.
If you're right it means just one thing to me: our dream for a better world will have failed. Kindness in sadness. We have to answer to that by love. But it is too much for us. We prefer easy way. Killing and starving millions just to catch a stupid man.
Right on!
Originally Posted by (8?ยป: Its just another incarnation of the blues. Music to revive a weary soul. Nothing ugly 'bout that.
:clap:
Originally Posted by cabo: it's disheartening to see that there enough people depressed and unhappy enough that an ugly song like this can make them feel better. :??:
Its just another incarnation of the blues. Music to revive a weary soul. Nothing ugly 'bout that.
No thank you. If the film was like the music, I would have to exit way before the exit music! pbm 8^)
there is a video of this song shot in concert at belfort festival. anyone watched that? you should... :)
Originally Posted by pilgrim: Depressed? Unhappy? Love this number, and i'm neither... :p
pilgrim - you and i are always in sync.. this is such a beautiful song.. radiohead's music rises above being called 'depressive' songs.. they're (dare i say?) brilliant :D
Repeated listening to this tune would be a suitable alternative for capital punishment.
Nope - just as bad as last time I heard it... This is the only band I refuse to let anyone put on my hifi... ... and I like Marillion! :lol:
OK I heard it a second time. And the way I see it, with all these references to prozac, slashing wrists and such, I think we can all agree that they have definately communicated a particular state of mind very effectively. And that certainly must be a primary goal of any composer. For that, I declare the song a total success. I\'m just not sure I ever want to hear it again.
Deliciously dark! ;)
Oh NO! Not again! I needed Prozac the last time I heard it. I guess it\'s time I get another dose! :lol:
Perfect jump-out-the-window music. Where is this band from, so I know never to go there :p
I like to think of myself as openminded and not always in need of a accessible beats and sounds to appreciate a song but I'm flustered by this one. I make it a point to listen to any song a second time, but I suspect it's going to be tough for this one. I think the first comment about needing to be in the right mood is probably the best.
30 years from now people will remember this album the same way they remember Revolver today. A classic, and a perfect 10.
This is a song that will sour a good mood. :oops:
Originally Posted by cabo: it's disheartening to see that there enough people depressed and unhappy enough that an ugly song like this can make them feel better. :??:
Take from me, that whenever you're really depressed, about the last thing you want, is to listen to a song like this (or any other song?) Like Pilgrim commented, it's more likely you're not depressed at all, "enjoying" a sad song.
Originally Posted by nexxia: ok computer was their best album i think...
I'll take The Bends over OK Computer. But OK Computer would be 2nd....well maybe 3rd. I really like Kid A a lot.
Originally Posted by cabo: it's disheartening to see that there enough people depressed and unhappy enough that an ugly song like this can make them feel better. :??:
Depressed? Unhappy? Love this number, and i'm neither... :p
A beautiful and haunting piece of music.
ok computer was their best album i think...
Originally Posted by MissJenn: I think you HAVE to be in a certain mood to want to listen to this song. You can't let it take you by surprise.
The name of this song says it all for me. Get up and leave as fast as you can. Don't wait for Ferris to give you permission. :mad:
it\'s disheartening to see that there enough people depressed and unhappy enough that an ugly song like this can make them feel better. :??:
GODLIKE for certain. high art, cheap pop, nothi9ng but depressing noise, whatever you may want to call it - it sounds absolutely gorgeous to me. doesnt get any better than this.
My God that was truly awful-music to slash your wrists by-it never ceases to amaze me how artists can keep creating crap like this, sure in the knowledge that there will be some out there who will consider it high art. I couldn\'t change stations fast enough and was forced to hear the whole thing-ick- creepy song
brilliant. You could just let the whole album play... hell, just let their entire collection play (post Pablo Honey) Put it in a random shuffle. Have a Radiohead day. ;) ok... just keep fittin' em into the mix.
Lovely song.