September 1994
Length: 2:13
Disc: My Iron Lung EP | My Iron Lung single CD1
Tablature: Guitar

Titled after a line from Philip Larkin's poem "Sad Steps", this song was debuted during an acoustic set at the FNAC Auditorium in Nancy, France. It's another example of a Radiohead track where the lyrics were changed radically from their original form when the song was recorded for the EP. This beautiful acoustic number contains touching lyrics about not always being there for others, but sometimes needing others to be there for you.

This was one of the first Radiohead b-sides I ever heard, and I wasn't too impressed. The guitar seems too 'all over the place', and the song isn't really mindblowing. But keep listening.. I've realised now that the reason it isn't mindblowing is because it's not trying to be. The words are amazing, too.

I am gone, everybody's raging
And these fruits, they still taste of poison
I won't be around
When you really need me

I can't sleep, why can't someone hold me?
I need warmth, my restless body cracks and moans
I won't have the strength
When you really need me
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