"The National Anthem" as written by Thomas Yorke, Edward John O'brien, Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood and Philip Selway....
Everyone
Everyone around here
Everyone is so near
It's holding on
It's holding on

Everyone
Everyone is so near
Everyone has got the fear
It's holding on
It's holding on

It's holding on
It's holding on
It's holding on


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"The National Anthem" as written by Thomas Yorke, Edward John O'brien, Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Philip Selway

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  • +4
    General CommentThe reason that this song is so good is not cause of the lyrics, but because the music itself captures the essence of the song's meaning. The song's climax of the horns and synthesizer (last min.) and york's screaming of holding on...it builds up to show that the song is now out of control and one big mess (atleast its a beautiful mess)
    DHess7on April 20, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwoooooooaaaaaaaaahhhh this song is like so SPACY
    makes me all float and stuff
    it takes me to the elfworld
    radiohead rocks
    orange solitudeon April 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is more specifically about the culture of fear in our society and how politicians have created it. We are all so close to each other (geographically, socially) and yet we are scared of pulling back and being seen as individuals. The brass section reflects the different noises (soundbites) that we hear from politicians through the media which on their own might make sense yet because they are all contradictory (arguing among themselves) the result is utter confusion.
    I think the title refers to the fact that most of the UK (and elsewhere) is homogenised and therefore the message applies to EVERYONE.
    It reminds me of a Radiohead tee-shirt I have which is the UK map on its side with crying minotaurs all over it.
    derykon November 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the sound of the world coming to an end...

    I downloaded an MP3 of the SNL version and have barely listened to the studio version since. f'ing amazing.
    half_duprasson May 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so chill....pretty much like all of KID A best freakin radiohead album, everyone *loves* OK Computer but i like the experimental style much better on kid a.
    bluekitty2on April 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeutiful indeed
    yugaquantoon June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes he's showing that the system isn't so uhh, the trad. Anthem sounds all perfect and fancy.. this song shows how work is all actually differently keyed seeming of people's own selfish agendas nowadays, as if they were ever really altogether, as if they would believe beyond theories to remember , webmagician.com/pubservice/…
    sayTANhotDAMNc0kHnon June 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentah i love this experimentation, if you saw the version of this (and Idiotheque) on SNL it will blow you away.
    sean7711on July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI adore the trumpets in this.
    paranoia_girlon July 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdid anyone see when they did this on snl?
    OurLastGoodbyeon August 13, 2002   Link

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