Radiohead Lyrics

Killer Cars

Too hard on the brakes again
What if these brakes just give in?
What if they don’t get out of the way?
What if there’s someone overtaking?
I’m going out for a little drive
And it could be the last time you see me alive
There could be an idiot on the road
The only kick in life is pumping his steel

Wrap me up in the back of the trunk
Packed with foam and blind drunk
They won’t ever take me alive
Because they all drive . . .

Don’t die on the motorway
The moon would freeze, the plants would die
I couldn’t cope if you crashed today
All the things I forgot to say
I’m going out for a little drive
And it could be the last time you see me alive
What if the car loses control?
What if there’s someone overtaking?

Wrap me up in the back of the trunk
Packed with foam and blind drunk
They won’t ever take me alive
Because they all drive killer cars

Wrap me up in the back of the trunk
Packed with foam and blind drunk
No, they won’t ever take me alive
Because they all drive killer cars
They all drive killer cars
They all drive killer cars

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: February 1995
Found on: High and Dry CD2 & Fake Plastic Trees US single. Live & acoustic version found on Anyone Can Play Guitar Australia EP. Mogadon version found on Just CD1.

Thom’s second song on a driving theme, this one deals with the fear that every time we venture out in our cars we may be killed. Originally intended for release as one of the singles from The Bends during the initial recording sessions, the song actually debuted in the band’s live set in 1993. “Killer Cars” has appeared in three forms. The first was the live acoustic version from the 1993 Chicago Metro show, which appears on the “Creep” reissue 12″ and the Japanese CD Itch. This very passionate performance renders the tragic lyrics all the more moving. The second version appears as a B-side to the High and Dry / Planet Telex CD2, a straightforward guitar-oriented interpretation with mesmerizing percussion and blistering guitar closeout. Last is the Mogadon Version, which is much mellower than the first studio release of the song. A newscast has also been blended into the mix. This version contains a similar ending to the previous one.