"Million Dollar Question" as written by and Thomas Edward/o'brien Yorke....
Was always waiting for the crush
The car to drive right through the shops
To call in sick and late at work
And take a holiday..

Was always tangled up in knots
To keep myself from speaking up
But no-one's listening anyway
Just trying to bribe me..

And if it's alright, then what am I doing here?
And if it's alright, this place is gassed by fear
And if it's alright, I'll tell you, 'cause you never understand
And if it's alright, I'll beg you, 'cause I'm a begging kind of man

Today I wrote a bad check
Packed a bag and took a jet
But no-one's looking anyway
I hope they miss me

I just think maybe I'm making a mistake.


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"Million Dollar Question" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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  • +2
    General CommentYet another song written right after the band got signed, this one looks at the corporate mentality - fat bankrolls, big promises. "Million $ Question" also seems to reflect Thom's feelings of doubt at this time, closing with the sample that says, "I just think maybe I'm making a mistake." The track was a live favorite in 1992 and 1993.
    spitzey420on April 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree it's about the corporate mentality. Radiohead is probably on the receiving end of a lot of heat from record labels theyre not used to with this being their first album. Theyre probably sick of it. "To call in sick and late at work". It's probably mostly about not wanting record labels to control their music.
    "Was always tangled up in knots
    To keep myself from speaking up
    But no-one's listening anyway
    Just trying to bribe me.."

    So they want to be indie
    "Packed a bag and took a jet"

    But theyre not sure
    "I just think maybe I'm making a mistake."

    I like the realism of the spite in this line
    "I hope they miss me"

    Hope my interpretation helped.
    adgdogon April 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits nice to hear some older rh stuff... the gitaur riff sounds annoyingly blink 182 or something... but its good, radiohead hadn't found the voice its belting out now..... and gosh i hate the people pretending to be thom yorke.. its freaking annoying
    topaincayupanquion January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of the songs off of pablo that i actually really like listening to. it doesn't have the same feel as their newer stuff, but it's still a fun and catchy song that's done pretty well, though it's obviously not as deep as the modern radiohead songs.
    sortileguson May 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's About Brummetstriving
    Sydmyidol22on March 03, 2015   Link

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