Radiohead Lyrics

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

In the deepest ocean
The bottom of the sea
Your eyes
They turn me
Why should I stay here?
Why should I stay?

I’d be crazy not to follow
Follow where you lead
Your eyes
They turn me

Turn me on to phantoms
I follow to the edge of the earth
And fall off
Everybody leaves
If they get the chance
And this is my chance

I get eaten by the worms
Weird fishes
Get picked over by the worms
Weird fishes
Weird fishes
Weird fishes

I’ll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape
Escape

I’ll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape
Escape

 

SONG INFORMATION

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

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi“, originally known as “Arpeggi“, appears on the album In Rainbows as the fourth track. The name comes from the chorus “I get eaten by the worms/And weird fishes” and the plural of the Italian word ‘Arpeggio’. It was first performed by guitarist Jonny Greenwood and lead singer Thom Yorke in 2005 as an atmospheric string-based piece, backed by the Nazareth Orchestra. In 2006, the song was brought into a rock music setting, and a full-band version was premiered which included a driving rock beat.On October 1, 2007 the band announced that the song would appear on In Rainbows as the fourth track. The version that appears on the album is similar to the 2006 version with Phil Selway’s driving drum beat, although it retains many of the atmospheric, bubbly qualities of the 2005 version.

The structure has changed since the 2006 tour. The final bridge was originally used as an introduction prior to the drums starting in the song, but now starts immediately on the verse.

This song was #17 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.



  • Susana

    sometimes i think this could be my favourite Radiohead song, but then I hear the rest of them and come to the conclussion that choosing one song as favourite is impossible. they are all great. GREAT!

  • Alan

    I don’t know if anybody has an actual lyrics book for this album, but every time I hear this song, especially live versions, it sounds like “I hit the button and escape,” which also makes a lot more sense with the rest of the lyrics.

  • Hussamhabib

    @878bd6501e6901778b5fa1093292b7be:disqus he hits the bottom of the sea…

  • Bella

    I thought he said “it’s all about the worms” for the longest time

  • Bella

    But apparently it’s “get picked over by the worms” ?

  • Matt Casebier

    That’s pretty much what I have to say about this song. It’s one that I would obsessively listen to over and over and never tire of it. This and the song/single ‘The Rip’ (Portishead).

  • Matt Casebier

    This is one of the most majestic and beautiful songs I have ever heard.

  • Sam

    bottom of the sea?

  • Lee Taggart

    A minor note, but the lines are “I get eaten by the worms AND weird fishes.” He definitely puts an “and” in there.