Radiohead Lyrics

The Greatest Shindig of the World

here it comes, here it comes
I can see the hills exploding
exploding gracefully, pulling up the big black slick
here it comes

we invite you, we invite you
we invite you to the greatest shindig of the world
we invite you, we invite you
we invite you to the greatest shindig of the world

inside it’s swimsuit
well I’m a vegan
free to dance for you
almost crowds you
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we invite you, we invite you
we invite you to the greatest shindig of the world
we invite you, we invite you
we invite you to the greatest shindig of the world
in the morning
more inviting
’cause it’s going too late now
there’s too much to wave at
see outside your earthquake
I’m sick of ???
and make them happy to be alive

we invite you, we invite you
we invite you to the greatest shindig of the world
we invite you, we invite you
we invite you to the greatest shindig of the world

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: 1990
Found on: 1990 Summer Demo

“The Greatest Shindig of the World” was recorded and included on a 1990 demo. At the time, the band had stopped using the name On A Friday and had temporarily settled on Shindig, but that was soon dropped and they reverted back to On A Friday before ultimately choosing Radiohead in 1992.

Because Phil Selway was temporarily living in Ireland at the time, the band used a Portastudio 4-track and a drum machine. This recording was apparently made by Thom on his own in 1989 for a solo project called Dearest and simply copied from that compilation onto the 1990 one for the band. 

“The Greatest Shindig of the World” would later transform in to the song “Maquiladora,” which was a b-side to the “High and Dry” single in 1996.