Radiohead Lyrics

Stop Whispering

And the wise men say “I don’t want to hear your voice.”
And the thin men say “I don’t want to hear your voice.”
And they’re cursing me, and they won’t let me be.
And there’s nothing to say, and there’s nothing to do.

Stop whispering, start shouting,
stop whispering, start shouting.

And my mother say “We spit on your son some more.”
And the buildings say “We spit on your face some more.”
And the feeling is that there’s something wrong,
’cause I can’t find the words, and I can’t find the songs.

Stop whispering, start shouting,
stop whispering, start shouting.

Dear Sir, I have a complaint.
Dear Sir, I have a complaint,
can’t remember what it is,
doesn’t matter anyway.
Doesn’t matter anyway.

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: April 1991
Found on: Pablo Honey. Demo version found on On A Friday demo tape. US version found on Stop Whispering Single & Itch EP (Japan).

Written as a tribute to the Pixies, an important influence on Radiohead at this time, “Stop Whispering” clinched the band’s relationship with the management team of Hufford and Edge. Chris Sheldon remixed it for a United States release; that version features strings and has a slower tempo. The best version of this song, however, is the live one. Thom adds a few lyrics to the ending.

“Stop Whispering” is also one of Radiohead’s oldest songs; it was created when the band was still known as “On A Friday”. Radiohead has not performed the song live since the mid-’90s.