I Promise

Album: OK COMPUTER OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (2017)
  • 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.
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

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.

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And ScandalsSong Writing

Surprise exits, a catfight and some very memorable performances make our list of the most memorable Idol moments.

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews

Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.

Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The RemastersSong Writing

Brian has unearthed outtakes by Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and hundreds of other artists for reissues. Here's how he does it.

Jim McCarty of The YardbirdsSongwriter Interviews

The Yardbirds drummer explains how they created their sound and talks about working with their famous guitarists.

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.