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Album: OK ComputerReleased: 1997
Regarding the line, "We are standing on the edge," Thom Yorke said: "The history of our times calls to mind those Walt Disney characters who rush madly over the edge of a cliff without seeing it. The power of their imaginations keeps them suspended in mid-air, but as soon as they look down and see where they are, they fall." (thanks, rob - Newport Beach, CA)
Radiohead recorded this in one day on September 4, 1995. It was originally released on the album Help: A Charity Album For The Children Of Bosnia and was chosen as a single from the album. It was then included on OK Computer. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Radiohead received lots of praise for recording a brand new song for the Help album, but Ed O'Brien later admitted it was because the band were terrible at covers. All five of the band thought this was the best thing they'd done. They were ashamed that the single release flopped and didn't make any money for the charity.
"Lucky" was sparked by a weird high-pitched chord Ed O'Brien played on his guitar during a sound check in Japan. The chord can be heard at the beginning of the song when he strummed the strings above the nut on the headstock of his guitar.
This was the first song on which Nigel Godrich was billed as co-producer. He became their full time producer on OK Computer and subsequent albums. Thom Yorke later described this track as "the first mark on the wall" for the album.