I Promise

Album: OK COMPUTER OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (2017)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This melancholic love song finds Thom Yorke outlining his devotion to his lover. He lists off promises to her, like a shopping list.

    I won't run away no more, I promise
    Even when I get bored, I promise
    Even when you lock me out, I promise
    I say my prayers every night, I promise
  • The song was originally written for Radiohead's OK Computer album and first performed live March 27 1996 at San Francisco's The Fillmore. However, the band didn't think the track was strong enough to merit inclusion on the record and it disappeared from their set lists. It seems they changed their minds as in 2017 "I Promise" was one of three unreleased tracks on OKNOTOK, the 20th anniversary reissue of OK Computer.
  • Radiohead played the song live for the first time since 1996 at a gig in Oslo, Norway on June 7, 2017. Thom Yorke introduced the tune by saying: "Normally I don't think we're the sort of people who look back but it was interesting when we did. What a bunch of nutters we were and probably still are. One of the crazy things we did was not release this song."
  • The song is accompanied by a video directed by Michal Marczak who previously filmed the clip for A Moon Shaped Pool's "Identikit," as well as the visual for Mark Pritchard's "Beautiful People" featuring Thom Yorke.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Best Band Logos

Best Band LogosSong Writing

Queen, Phish and The Stones are among our picks for the best band logos. Here are their histories and a design analysis from an expert.

Thomas Dolby

Thomas DolbySongwriter Interviews

He wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct a video about a home for deranged scientists.

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)Songwriter Interviews

The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.

Band Names

Band NamesFact or Fiction

Was "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?

Don Felder

Don FelderSongwriter Interviews

Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.

The Punk Photography of Chris Stein

The Punk Photography of Chris SteinSong Writing

Chris Stein of Blondie shares photos and stories from his book about the New York City punk scene.