Radiohead Lyrics

Anyone Can Play Guitar

Destiny, destiny protect me from the world.
Destiny, hold my hand, protect me from the world.
Here we are with our running and confusion,
and I don’t see no confusion anywhere.

And if the world does turn and if London burns,
I’ll be standing on the beach with my guitar.
I want to be in a band when I get to heaven,
anyone can play guitar and they won’t be a nothing any more.

Grow my hair, grow my hair, I am Jim Morrison,
grow my hair, I wanna be, wanna be, wanna be Jim Morrison.
Here we are with our running and confusion,
and I don’t see no confusion anywhere.

And if the world does turn and if London burns,
I’ll be standing on the beach with my guitar.
I want to be in a band when I get to heaven,
anyone can play guitar and they won’t be a nothing any more.

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: February 1993
Found on: Pablo Honey & Anyone Can Play Guitar single. Live version found on Live at the Forum & Just CD2.

“Grow my hair / Grow my hair I am Jim Morrison / Grow my hair/ I wanna be wanna be wanna be Jim Morrison.” These now famous lines got many critics and fans wondering. What did it all mean? Thom explains: “I just ranted that verse the day after I saw The Doors film. That film really wound me up, really upset me. It was like [Morrison] was some sort of Arthurian legend or something.” Jonny played guitar with a paintbrush on this cut.

“Anyone Can Play Guitar” was the first true single (not of limited production) taken from Radiohead’s first album Pablo Honey. It made little impression on the charts but remained a staple of the band’s live sets throughout the early-mid nineties.

Thom Yorke got the idea for the famous line “I wanna be Jim Morrison” after seeing The Doors move and is meant to convey Yorke’s dissatisfaction with the mythical status Morrison is given.