Radiohead Lyrics

Subterranean Homesick Alien

The breath of the morning
I keep forgetting.
The smell of the warm summer air.

I live in a town
where you can’t smell a thing,
you watch your feet
for cracks in the pavement.

Up above
aliens hover
making home movies
for the folks back home,

of all these weird creatures
who lock up their spirits,
drill holes in themselves
and live for their secrets.

They’re all uptight, uptight,
uptight, uptight,
uptight, uptight.

I wish that they’d sweep down in a country lane,
late at night when I’m driving.
Take me on board their beautiful ship,
show me the world as I’d love to see it.

I’d tell all my friends but they’d never believe me,
They’d think that I’d finally lost it completely.
I’d show them the stars and the meaning of life.
They’d shut me away.
But I’d be alright, alright,
I’d be alright,
I’m alright.

I’m just uptight, uptight,
uptight, uptight,
uptight, uptight,
uptight, uptight,


Released: June 1997
Found on:
OK Computer

Originally called “Uptight,” which is how Jonny referred to it in its early staged, the song pays homage to Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” It deals with alien abduction and stems from two incidents in Thom’s life. The first occured at Abingdon School, when he was assigned an essay question that went something like this: “If you were an alien from another planet arriving on Earth, how would you describe what you saw?” The second incident occurred when Thom was driving down a country road and hit a bird (which he believes was a pheasant). He stepped out of the car and at that moment began thinking about alien abduction.

  • Huqinhu027

    What a fucking song..

  • Abby

    awesome fucking song

  • payam

    I think it’s swoop not sweep

  • Jesse

    I agree. swoop not sweep.

  • ear

    nick drake’s parasite

  • ear

    nick drake’s parasite
    has same structure, chords (transposed), melody line, rythm (6/8 and 4/4 played together) and lyrics theme.
    listen carefully to both and you’ll ear other similarities (like “4, 3, 1” instrumental melody ending the chord patten for example).

  • homesick alien

    YES! I kept wondering why parasite sounded so familiar but could never quite put it together. ps, Nick Drake looks like Brad Pitt.

  • J. Reeves

    It’s about alien probing….Uptight.