EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PLACE

Released:
Oct 2000
Length: 4:11
Disc: Kid A | Vanilla Sky Soundtrack
Tablature: Keyboard

Other Versions:
Live @ Vaison La Romaine - I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
Cover by In One Ear Out The Analog - Plastic Mutations Tribute LP
Cover by Meegs Rascon & Paul Rivera - Anyone Can Play Radiohead Tribute LP

Everything In Its Right Place was the track which started the ball rolling for Kid A. When Nigel Goodrich came up with a few goods sounds while mixing, Thom knew they were on to something.

Everything In Its Right Place had to be first. The band decided, it was one of those things that you just knew. It was essential to the tracklisting.

A very non-typical Radiohead track, this song sums up the basic electronic, and guitar-less feel of Kid A. Thom plays a synthesizer whilst Jonny uses a special DJ kit to cut up Thom's lyrics and play them backwards as background noise.

When played live, this track has been known to reach the 6 minute mark. With Thom dancing about the stage without a mic, as his lyrics are played backwards by Jonny's little box of tricks.

Everything In Its Right Place appeared in the movie Vanilla Sky, with Tom Cruise. As well as on the soundtrack.

"With this movie we listened to a lot of Radiohead because we loved "Kid A," said director Cameron Crowe. "There was something about Radiohead playing while Tom [Cruise] was doing his scene that was truly great. It opens the movie and it was sort of supposed to. But we always had the Beatles on our minds, too, and then ultimately we just, we thought we'd ask, see if Paul McCartney wanted to write our title song and he did."

In an article at Rolling Stone.com, Thom revealed the meaning of this song. It was during the OK Computer tour in 1997. When Thom started to lose it, with the pressure of touring and being the best band in rock. Thom came off stage after a show at the NEC in Birmingham (UK) and, well... here's what he says about it:

"I came off at the end of that show, sat in the dressing room and couldn't speak. I actually couldn't speak. People were saying, 'You all right?' I knew people were speaking to me. But I couldn't hear them. And I couldn't talk. I'd just so had enough. And I was bored with saying I'd had enough. I was beyond that.".

The lyric 'What was that you tried to say?' suddenly doesn't seem so random. Apparently 'Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon' was how Thom described the feeling because when you eat a lemon, your face contorts from the bitterness. He said his face was permanently like that.

Everything, everything, everything
Everything in its right place
In its right place
In its right place
In its right place

Yesteray I woke up sucking a lemon
Yesteray I woke up sucking a lemon
Yesteray I woke up sucking a lemon
Yesteray I woke up sucking a lemon

Everything, everything, everything
In its right place
In its right place
In its right place
Right place

There are two colours in my head
There are two colours in my head
What, what is that you tried to say?
What, what was that you tried to say?
Tried to say?
Tried to say?
Tried to say?
Tried to say?

Everything, everything, everything
Thom Yorke "I bought a piano for my house, a proper nice one-- a baby grand. And this was the first thing I wrote on it. And Iím such a shit piano player. I remember this Tom Waits quote from years ago, that what keeps him going as a songwriter is his complete ignorance of the instruments heís using. So everythingís a novelty. Thatís one of the reasons I wanted to get into computers and synths, because I didnít understand how the fuck they worked. I had no idea what ASDR meant." - Thom
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