Radiohead Lyrics

All I Need

I’m the next act
waiting in the wings
I’m an animal
Trapped in your hot car
I am all the days
that you choose to ignore

You are all I need
You are all I need
I’m in the middle of your picture
Lying in the reeds

I am a moth
who just wants to share your light
I’m just an insect
trying to get out of the night

I only stick with you
because there are no others

You are all I need
You are all I need
I’m in the middle of your picture
Lying in the reeds

It’s all wrong
It’s all right
It’s all wrong



Released: October 10, 2007 digitally, December 3, 2007 CD & Vinyl
Found on: In Rainbows

In an interview with the New Musical Express December 8, 2007, vocalist Thom Yorke was asked if songs like “All I Need” are about obsession. He replied: “That’s why it’s called ‘In Rainbows.’ That obsession thing, thinking beyond where you are at the time. It’s a phrase I had for a while, it kept coming up in my notebooks. And I don’t know why, because it’s kind of naff. But it seemed to work-it’s one of those weird things. It stuck and I don’t know why.”

In the same New Musical Express interview, Thom Yorke spoke about the complexity of recording the songs on the album. He said: “We deliberately did this thing to get a series of disembodiment when we were assembling tracks. So the vocal may be from one version or the drums may be from another. If there was something that you were particularly fond of you kept it from that take and forced it on the other version. For instance ‘All I Need’ was the outcome of four different versions of it. It was all the best bits together.”

In an article in the New York Times December 9, 2007, Jonny Greenwood said that for this song, he wanted to recapture the white noise generated by a band playing loudly in a room, when “all this chaos kicks up.” In an artificial studio setting he found it impossible to generate such a sound so his solution was to use a string section, and his own overdubbed violas, sustaining every note of the scale, blanketing the frequencies.

The MTV Exit (end exploitation and trafficking) campaign and Radiohead jointly produced a video for this track in order that such issues as child slavery, enforced servitude and sex trafficking be highlighted. Thom Yorke told The Hollywood Reporter via, that it was “about exploiting a situation while you have the chance. All power to MTV for taking this on because its obviously going to be difficult for them in terms of the advertisers. If you talk about slave labor, then the issue of cheap goods from the East is all about that. With the with a logo on it because the implication would be a little too close. But the implication is still there. If [MTV] are able to break the taboo of enslavement and put it onto the agenda then its a good thing. If they get people to think in terms of the profits we make in the West because of cheap labor, then that’s a good thing.”

  • guest

    Beautiful Song. One of my favorites on the album

  • Matt Casebier

    Yet another song to dispel a generalization by people who don’t understand/listen to Radiohead that their music is doom/gloom.