Radiohead Lyrics

Let Down

Transport, motorways and tramlines,
starting and then stopping,
taking off and landing,
the emptiest of feelings,
disappointed people, clinging on to bottles,
and when it comes it’s so, so, disappointing.

Let down and hanging around,
crushed like a bug in the ground.
Let down and hanging around.

Shell smashed, juices flowing
wings twitch, legs are going,
don’t get sentimental, it always ends up drivel.
One day, I’m gonna grow wings,
a chemical reaction,
hysterical and useless
hysterical and

let down and hanging around,
crushed like a bug in the ground.
Let down and hanging around.

Let down,
Let down,
Let down.

You know, you know where you are with,
you know where you are with,
floor collapsing, falling, bouncing back
and one day, I’m gonna grow wings,
a chemical reaction, [You know where you are,]
hysterical and useless [you know where you are,]
hysterical and [you know where you are,]

let down and hanging around,
crushed like a bug in the ground.
Let down and hanging around.

SONG INFORMATION

Released: June 1997
Found on: OK Computer

This track was recorded in the ballroom of actress Jane Seymour’s mansion at 3 A.M. It closes with computerized sounds created by ZX Spectrum computers, which all the members of Radiohead owned in the 1970s. Jonny explains what it’s all about: “It’s like when Andy Warhol said he enjoyed being bored. It’s about that feeling that you get when you’re not in control of it – you just go past thousands of places and thousands of people and you’re completely removed from it.”

Thom: “I was pissed in a club, and I suddenly had the funniest thought I’d had for ages – what if all the people who were drinking were hanging from the bottles… if the bottles were hung from the ceiling with string, and the floor caved in, and the only thing that kept everyone up was the bottles? It’s also about an enormous fear of being trapped.”



  • Matt

    my favorite song ever

  • Ishaat

    same here

  • Era

     me too 🙂

  • Bfletcher1

    What does Thom sing at the end of Let Down when he sings it live…He says “One day” …. and then what?

  • Rkbreen

    He says two things: 1) The continuation of that line…”I’m gonna grow wings,
    a chemical reaction,
    hysterical and useless” and 2) something in a higher pitch, which I think is “You know who you are! You know who you are! You know who you are!….”
    That’s what I hear.