Desert Island Disk

Album: A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke first played this song during an acoustic set at the December 4, 2015 Pathway to Paris concert, which coincided with the UN Climate Change Conference.
  • The song finds Thom Yorke reflecting on his break-up from Rachel Owen. Now the couple are going their separate ways, the Radiohead frontman feels "totally released" as he can now love Rachel with a different type of love.
  • The title of this song does not appear in the lyrics. It is a play on the longstanding BBC Radio 4 talk show programme Desert Island Discs, where a "castaway" must name eight recordings (usually music), a book and a luxury item that they would like to have if they were stranded on a desert island.

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