"Palo Alto" as written by and Thomas Edward/o'brien Yorke....
In a city of the future
It is difficult to concentrate
Meet the boss, meet the wife
Everybody's happy, everyone is made for life

In a city of the future
It is difficult to find a space
I'm too busy to see you
You're too busy to wait

But I'm okay, how are you?
Thanks for asking, thanks for asking
I'm okay, how are you?
I hope you're okay too

Every one one of those days
When the sky's California blue
With a beautiful bombshell
I throw myself into my work
I'm too lazy, been kidding myself for so long

I'm okay, how are you?
Thanks for asking, thanks for asking
I'm okay, how are you?
I hope you're okay too


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"Palo Alto" as written by Edward John O'brien Thomas Edward Yorke

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    General CommentAnother negative utopia caused by high technology and the ideal lifestyle being empty. Basically the underlying theme of OK Computer.
    deadeye093on July 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI live in Palo Alto. Lots of people call it Shallow Alto.
    Rebs09on January 06, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionIt amazes me that a song attacking Palo Alto (a city which I actually like, but that's notwithstanding)could be written pre-Facebook. In that way, it's almost prophetic.
    Supremacyon July 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPalo Alto is a city in the Bay Area in California, and Radiohead said in an interview that they played a concert there and were astounded at how it seemed to be the "city of the future." They think America in general is weird. I used to live in Palo Alto, and I loved it!! --goodbyeskyharbor, are you at high school? Maybe we know some mutual ppl!
    Cherub Rockon August 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is the theme at the heart of OK Computer- it was for a brief time called OK Computer (its where the name is from). Like Electioneering its something that couldve been from an earlier album.
    Sarcastic look at the way of the future.
    periwinklebydayon April 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you all have it right, it's an awesome song - especially the chorus.
    Mike_Spikeon October 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Both the book and the song give the same feeling of being numb, drowned in conformist fake happiness.
    Alter-Egoon January 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI haven't heard this song before, but was intrigued simply because I was born in Palo Alto. Ain't that somethin.
    ...No?
    Ok.
    starmandeluxeon January 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentComputer.
    Wallamanageon September 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow this is a cool song. I just moved to Palo Alto, and it's my first year at Paly. in fact I live right by the high school. It's really tough bein the new guy there. Making friends at this school is a real hassle.. everyone seems to already have all the friends they coudl want already cuz they're all rich prep snobs. But not everyone. there are a few cool people there.
    VelvetKevorkianon March 22, 2006   Link

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