Monday, August 21, 2006

04 how to disappear completely

that there
that's not me
i go
where I please
i walk through walls
i float down the Liffey
i'm not here
i'm not here
in a little while
i'll be gone
the moment's already passed
yeah, it's gone
i'm not here
i'm not here
strobe lights
and blown speakers
and hurricanes
i'm not here
this isn't happening
i'm not here
i'm not here

Thom Yorke, who wrote and sings the song, says the inspiration for "How to Disappear Completely" came from two things, in particular Radiohead's tremendously popular appearance at Glastonbury Festival in 1997 and the feeling of disconnection he felt on the subsequent tour, and a dream set in Dublin, Ireland in which he was chased by a wave of water from the River Liffey:
"I dreamt I was floating down the Liffey and there was nothing I could do. I was flying around Dublin and I really was in the Dream. The whole song is my experiences of really floating"
R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe partially inspired "How to Disappear Completely" when he advised Thom Yorke after the strain of touring OK Computer became too much. "That song is about the whole period of time that OK Computer was happening. We did the Glastonbury Festival and this thing in Ireland. Something snapped in me. I just said, 'That’s it. I can’t take it anymore'. And more than a year later, we were still on the road. I hadn’t had time to address things. The lyrics came from something Michael Stipe said to me. I rang him and said, 'I cannot cope with this'. And he said, 'Pull the shutters down and keep saying, 'I'm not here, this is not happening'. Yorke can be seen writing himself such a reminder in the documentary Meeting People Is Easy, during a scene where Scott Walker's music play. Later, Stipe was himself influenced by Radiohead, asking Yorke's permission to name his own song "Disappear".


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