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Lucky by Radiohead

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.
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Comments: 7

beautiful guitar outroBrad - Kansas City, Ks
first I MUST say that i hate to do personal comments on a song, and second...if the woman who i'm about to tlak you ever finds out...well I doubt it she doesn't read english.

My former fiancée was Sarah...she dumped me and about 6 months later she change her mind and try to come back...I refused because I joined the military aviation at that time and said to her: "I'm on a roll"..months latter she tried again...by that time i was really down and blue...and ask her "why do you want me back? to kill me again with love?...
she used to call me "her superhero", because she said that I remember her of Mr. Incredible (pixar movie)...a month after her last attempt I still was on the blues...and after a call I told her that maybe there was a possibility of getting back...I was leaving the aviation at that time, and I said "I feel my luck could change..."
but a week later I had an aircraft accident and ended badly wounded in an hospital...where my brother went to see me and brought my favorite album from highschool, OK computer (he actually brought me the Cd we used to listen when we were younger)...and this song...and one day in recovery...listened to it...and for the first time in my life I made the translation while listening... and when the song finished and the nurse came into my room...I was pale white white white...

pd: she got married, she called me the night before getting married to tell me she still loved me, and that she was going to get married...(...).
Garoud - Arica, Chile
One of the best things about the song is the ambiguity. Good lyrics will get the writers point across but allow a bit of room for the listener to get something a bit different from them. I always thought it was about not helping, hoping that someone else will and trying to numb yourself to any feelings of responsibility for what's going on around you. 'The head of state has called for me by name' is like a personal call for each of us to act, and '...but I don't have time for him' is the feeble excuse we all make for not making the effort. 'It's gonna be a glorious day' etc. is both false optimism (the situatution will improve without me having to do anything personally) and a quick change of subject from an uncomfortable topic. There's also the whole idea that we numb ourselves to other people's suffering. 'Kill me Sarah, kill me again with love' makes me think of how we refuse to show real love or compassion for others most of the time because we are so determined to protect ourselves.Jennifer - Belfast, Ireland
"The head of state has called for me by name, but I don't have time for him" part refers to making excuses to avoid something you're afraid of doing, no matter what rewards might come from it. "It's gonna be a glorious day" refers to the false hope you give yourself if you can never overcome that one obstacle. "I feel my luck could change" is the exact same. The chorus ("pull me out of the aircrash, cause I'm your superhero, etc.") represents someone begging for help, but is so stuck on themselves and too stubborn to change that it will never happen. The title sarcastically represents exactly how the character in the song isn't. It's about asking for help because you're too afraid to do something yourself. That and hopelessness.Wayne - Hudson, Fl
"The video is more proof which shows the horrors of children in war, and is a call for us to help." - Jeremy, Shelbyville, KY
I've never seen the video. This is my favorite radiohead song.
Christine - Sunderland, England
I thinks its more about not helping, hence "We are standing on the edge".

"The head of state has called for me by name
but I don't have time for him.
It's gonna be a glorious day!
I feel my luck could change."

That passage to me shows that we aren't answering the call because of our excuses that we don't have time and the fact that we are preoccupied with ourselves. The video is more proof which shows the horrors of children in war, and is a call for us to help.
Jeremy - Shelbyville, Ky
This is one of the more optimistic songs on OK Computer. About getting lucky and being the hero.Pete - Wheaton, Md