THE THIEF

Released:
This track has only been played live
Length: About 5 minutes
Disc: None
Tablature: Guitar

This is a Can cover. Radiohead were planning on playing it at Amnesty International (December 10, '98) but decided not to at the last minute. They finally played it in Denmark (September 8, 00) and it has since been in and out of their setlists throughout the 2000 and 2001 tours.

The Thief was released in 1982 on the album 'Delay', which consisted of a number of previously unreleased Can songs from 1968 to '69.

Containing a very, how to describe it... I dunno, for lack of a better word, the guitar ryhthm is cool. Thom spazzes out a bit with the vocals, but the track is great. Very intense.

Why must I be the thief?
Why must I be the thief?
Oh Lord please wonít you tell me
Why must I be the thief?

Why must I be the thief?
He asked of the hanging man
And how come youíre the only one
Thatís black around, that always stares

Why must I be the thief?
He asked to the hanging man
And how come youíre the only one
Who gives me open arms?
Why must I be the thief
He cursed and then he cried
And the hanging man held out his hand
And looked beyond his scars

The thief was drawn to the cross
To share that otherís fate
But the Jesus man says "Not now"
"My brother not now, itís far too late"
(Far too late)
Far too late
(Far too late)
Far too late
(Far too late)
Far too late
(Far too late)
Far too late
(Far too late)
Far too late
(Far too late)
Far too late
(Far too late)
Far too late

Do what you must
Take what you can
Steal the heart from every man
Every angry man
Every angry man
Every angry man

I am the thief
I am the thief
And you can run
Yes you can run
But I will get you yet
Yes I will
Because of you, because itís just your pride
It's justified

I will get you yet
Cause itís justified
I will get you yet
Itís justified
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