Radiohead Lyrics

Airbag

In the next world war
in a jack knifed juggernaut,
I am born again.

In the neon sign,
scrolling up and down,
I am born again.

In an interstellar burst,
I am back to save the universe.

In a deep deep sleep,
of the innocent,
I am born again.

In a fast German car,
I’m amazed that I survived,
an airbag saved my life.

In an interstellar burst,
I am back to save the universe.

In an interstellar burst,
I am back to save the universe.

In an interstellar burst,
I am back to save the universe.

SONG INFORMATION

Released: June 1997
Found on:
OK Computer & Airbag/How Am I Driving? EP. Live versions found on Live from Berlin & No Surprises CD2.


Originally titled “An Airbag Saved My Life,” a headline that Thom read in an Automobile Association manual that came in the mail, the song is “about the wonderful, positive emotion you feel when you’ve just failed to have an accident; when you just miss someone and realize how close it was and stop the car and just feel this incredible emotion.” The title is also a play on the 1983 Indeep song “Last night a DJ Saved My Life.”

The song reflects the influence DJ Shadow has had on Radiohead, as the band made the track with a drum loop based on a three-second sample of Phil’s drumming.

Thom in Select: “Has an airbag saved my life? Nah…but I tell you something, every time you have a near accident, instead of just sighing and carrying on, you should pull over, get out of the car and run down the street screaming, ‘I’m BACK! I’m ALIVE! My life has started again today!’. In fact, you should do that every time you get out of a car. We’re just riding on those things – we’re not really in control of them.”

Colin: ‘We wanted it to be like ‘Planet Telex’ off’ The Bends‘ -a start that’s not really anything like the rest of the album. It’s quite dancey. That’s cos Phil’s been attending drum’n’bass nights.’ Phil: ‘I told you, I thought it was a line-dancing evening! It was actually DJ Shadow who inspired it-the way he cuts up beats is amazing.The end result doesn’t really sound like what we were aiming for, but that’s probably a good thing.’

Ed: “It’s about the wonderful, positive emotion you feel when you’ve just failed to have an accident; when you just miss someone and realise how close it was and stop the car and just feel this incredible elation. There’s something joyous about it- life suddenly seems more precious.”



  • Jojo123

    sick tho

  • trails44

    I work in emergency medical services. I respond to car wrecks among other unfortunate events. It occurs to me often the near miss or absence of a curse is a blessing. were back! Act appropriately 

  • a. james

    it reminds me of david bowie. “always crashing in the same car” combined with “width of a circle” combined with a bit of “the man who fell to earth.”

  • Gord

    Just had accident August 12. Some idiot in his truck smashed into us head on. He was speeding, half in our lane when he hit us, drunk, and left scene of accident. Our car was write off but the airbags probably saved us from severe injuries or death as we walked away with just minor cuts and bruises. Oh cops caught him after hitting 4 other cars.

  • John Haase

    Was driving home, dosing off, woke up and out of control, traveling about 100 km/hr (65mph) swerving and trying to gain control- finally ending up in the median of the interstate, facing on-coming traffic. Something saved my life as airbags did not deploy. Try not to drive when that “tired” again. Definitely a wake up call…..oh yeah, love this live recorded version I heard RH perform in Berlin.